J. L. Willow

Author ~ Blogger ~ Storyteller

Today is the day! My next work, A Weighted Soul and Other Dark and Twisted Tales is finally out in the world. This collection has been quite the journey — I talk about it in my release/reflection YouTube video, which you can check out HERE!

Speaking of YouTube, this week, I put out one video a day, all focused on A Weighted Soul! In case you missed it, here’s the list:

Interview with the Illustrator [Crina Magalio]

Behind the Stories of AWS

How to Choose a Release Date

Deleted Stories of AWS

Designing the Cover of AWS

Best Chapter Starters

AWS Book Launch Tag

Click on any of the titles above to give them a watch 🙂

Also, the celebration isn’t over yet! I still have my book launch party coming up! Here’s the invite in case you need a refresher:

I’m so excited to be out seeing all of you (from 6 feet away) and signing books again!

Overall, I just want to say thank you. This has been a very difficult few months for everyone, and your constant love and appreciation for my work means more to me than you know. I wish all of you nothing but the best ❤

– Julia

You read that right! I’m hosting an in-person, socially-distanced launch party for A Weighted Soul and Other Dark and Twisted Tales!

Here’s the official invite with all the important info:

Now don’t worry, we will be doing everything in our power to keep people safe. This includes: requiring masks, limiting capacity, enforcing a 6-foot distance between people at all times, and bringing lots of hand sanitizer. You’ll have the chance to get signed copies of all of my books (and there might even be some freebies involved, too 😉 )

I hope to see you all there! 5 days left until AWS is live!!

– Julia

It’s already November 11th and I can hardly believe A Weighted Soul and Other Dark and Twisted Tales launches one week from today!! This collection has been in the works for so long and the fact that it’s almost in the hands of you guys is insanely exciting!!

If you haven’t had time to preorder, don’t worry, there’s still time! I’m also having a preorder giveaway, so if you want a chance to win gift cards, merch bundles, and more, be sure to preorder using the link HERE and enter your proof of purchase HERE! I’ll be announcing one winner a day at the end of the videos on my YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it! I actually announced my first winner today, so be sure to check it out.

Thank you all much for your support so far! I hope you enjoy A Weighted Soul and I can’t wait to hear what you think of my newest work 🙂

– Julia

I have some very exciting news today!! I was going to wait until Thursday to announce this, but I couldn’t wait any longer . . .

A WEIGHTED SOUL IS LIVE ON AMAZON!!

That’s right!! You can head over to Amazon right now to order your ebook or paperback copy of my collection of short horror stories, launching on November 18th, 2020!

But wait, don’t run over now! The news isn’t quite over yet.

I’m also doing a preorder giveaway to celebrate the launch!! All you have to do is submit your proof of purchase along with your name/email and you’re ready to go! I’m going to be announcing one winner at the end of every YouTube video in the week leading up to the launch. I’ll be posting one video every day from November 11th to November 17th. So you’re going to have a ton of chances to win!

I explain everything a lot more in today’s YouTube video, so be sure to check it out HERE!

To preorder A Weighted Soul and Other Dark and Twisted Tales, click HERE.

To enter the preorder giveaway, click HERE.

To learn more about A Weighted Soul and the people behind it, click HERE.


I cannot wait for you guys to read the collection!! It’s been in the works for so long and I think you’re all going to really enjoy it.

Have a great rest of your week! Hope you’re all staying safe and healthy 🙂

— Julia

I am super excited to finally announce the cover and release date of A Weighted Soul and Other Dark and Twisted Tales! This project has been in the works for quite some time, and it is absolutely amazing to see it start coming together. Before we jump into it though, I’d like to give an overview of the project.

A Weighted Soul is a new adult collection of horror short stories. If you’re not familiar with new adult, it’s the category between Young Adult and Adult, meaning it’s more mature than the usual YA novels you’ll find. For reference, Missing Her and The Scavenger were both Young Adult. This means that A Weighted Soul is for a more mature audience compared to my other works. There is significant profanity, gore, and disturbing sequences, so please be aware of that if you decide to purchase a copy for a younger reader.

There are six stories in the collection, each of which are outlined in the blurb. If you want to take a look at the blurb, you can check it out HERE.

The collection is being illustrated by the amazing Crina Magalio, who has done a ton of amazing projects in a variety of areas. Learn more about her and her other work HERE.

Alright, let’s get to the part you’ve all been waiting for…

HERE’S THE COVER!!

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Isn’t it awesome??? It was designed by the incredible Mandi Lynn over at Stone Ridge Books. If you haven’t already, you should definitely go check them out! They also did the interior formatting, which I’m sure you’ll agree is pretty awesome too once you get to see it.

Now that you’ve seen the cover, I know your next question — when is it being released? I’m happy to announce that you’ll be able to get your own copy of A Weighted Soul starting November 18, 2020. That is not too far away, so you know I’ll be posting a ton of updates leading up to the release!

If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single update related to A Weighted Soul, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@jlwillowbooks) as well as YouTube! Don’t forget to turn on post notifications 🙂

What do you think of the cover?? Let me know in the comments, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!

Thank you all for your support so far — I can’t wait to get this book out to you guys.

Alright, I think that’s all for now. Hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!

— Julia

Hello, everyone! Everything is changing very fast right now and I felt like it was time to make a general post just to make sure everyone is up-to-date on what’s been going on with me and my work. So, let’s get into it!

1. BookCon Cancelled

I am very sad to announce that BookCon 2020 has been cancelled 😦 At first it was postponed to July, but at this point, there’s just no way that people can be spending so much time and money setting up an event during such an unstable time. The money that I put down for my booth this year has been transferred to next year, so I will most likely be attending in 2021. That being said, I was looking forward to seeing all of you and I’m very disappointed we’ll have to wait another year until us book-lovers are together again. But don’t worry — 2021 will be a huge celebration!

2. Current WIP

I’ve been talking a lot about my newest project, A Weighted Soul and Other Dark and Twisted Tales and I am excited to announce that I’ve been making a ton of progress! I’ll be making more announcements as time goes on, but right now, it’s full steam ahead! I’m so excited for you guys to read what I’ve been working on — “dark” and “twisted” are definitely great words to describe it. If you want to read more about it, check out my page for it HERE.

3. College Update

I’ve been doing online schooling for about a month and a half now. It’s definitely been a transition, but I’ve been able to keep on top of my studies and I’m confident that I’ll finish the year with a solid year of engineering under my belt. Once all my classes are finished with, I’ll be able to focus solely on my writing and I’m very excited to dive into a new project.

Alright, I think that’s all for now! I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy — we’re making it by, day-by-day ❤

— Julia

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve given you a general update on how life is going, so I figured I’d write a quick post to let y’all know what I’ve been up to 🙂

1. College

Mechanical engineering has been great! My second semester is in full swing and I’m having a blast. It’s definitely a lot of work, but nothing I can’t handle. I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with friends and have even been in a few of my school’s theatrical productions! That being said, I’ve still been able to make time to write, which brings me to my next point …

2. My new WIP

A few weeks ago, I realized the genre of my new book! It’s going to be a new adult collection of short horror stories and I cannot wait to get this book out to you guys!! It’s much darker than what I’ve done in the past and I think you’re going to be surprised at some of the stuff I’ve come up with 🙂 It’s also being illustrated by the insanely talented Crina Magalio. Her work is really going to intensify the stories and bring a whole new depth to the reading experience.

3. Missing Her on the BIG SCREEN?

In the fall of 2019, I entered Missing Her into the BookPipeline fiction contest. Out of over 1.7k entries, my novel was chosen as a finalist and is one of the top four entries overall!
So, what’s so special about BookPipeline? Because Missing Her is a finalist, the story will be getting circulation and promotion to producers and TV executives as well as project development for a film or series pitch. Basically, I’m going to have a team behind me pushing for Missing Her to be on the big screen!! In the past, BookPipeline has brought some awesome stories to life, including “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Stuber” (both of which I actually saw in theaters)! If I’m honest, I never thought I’d ever get this chance. An author never writes a book with a movie in mind, but it’s something that always seems like a far-off dream. Who knows what the future holds, but the fact that Missing Her has made it this far has put me beyond words. I’m so honored for this opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this far.

4. BookCon 2020

That’s right, everyone! Zachary James and I are back at BookCon this year! We’re going to be in the Javits Center in New York City, Booth 311 on May 30th and 31st!! I’m so excited to see all of you guys there! I had a blast the last two years 🙂

All right, I think that’s all for now! If you have any questions, feel free to drop it in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.

Thanks, as always, for your support! Love you guys!

— Julia

 

Today, I am super excited to announce my next project! My next book is going to be (drumroll please) 

A collection of short stories!

I know, exciting right?! If you’d like to learn more about the collection (like how many stories there will be, what genre it’s in and more) check out the YouTube video that I posted earlier today! I go into a lot more detail about it 🙂

But that’s not even all of it. I’m also getting the collection illustrated!

I’ve been working closely with the extremely talented Crina Magalio to have an illustration for every story in the collection. She’s been doing amazing work and it’s really going to enhance the reading experience! Be sure to check out her website HERE!

Are you excited to learn more about my short story collection? Let me know in the comments! I can’t wait for you guys to read what I’ve been working on.

— Julia

The end of the year is here, and that means it’s time to reflect on my resolutions! And although I don’t have 20-20 vision (haha get it?) I’m also going to write some resolutions for next year! First, though, I need to look back over what my goals were for 2019 and see how I did.

If you would like to see me talk about these in person, you can watch my YouTube video HERE!

New Year’s Resolutions for 2019:

  • Launch Missing Her: This is an easy one — yep! Missing Her was launched on May 8th of this year. I set up a street team, gave away ARCs, and even made a book trailer. I’m really proud of how this release went. It lived up to all my expectations and more!
  • Draft next book: I am excited to say that not only is there a new book on the horizon, but the first draft has also been completed!! I’m hoping to release some more information soon, but for now, I’m knee-deep in edits. Wish me luck!
  • Attend an author event/con: Although things got a little crazy toward the end of the year (with the whole college thing going on) I did attend BookCon in NYC June. I had a blast and I’m planning on attending in 2020 as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information on that in the future!
  • Host a giveaway: I actually held two giveaways this year: one for the release of Missing Her and one more recently for the two year anniversary of The Scavenger! I love giving back to fans and it feels great to get my books into the hands of excited readers.
  • Host a live stream: Although I didn’t host a live stream on Instagram or YouTube this year, I was present and interacting with viewers during a few Premieres I held on my YouTube channel, so I’ll count it!

Alright, 5/5! I’m really proud of all that I was able to accomplish during 2019. And it doesn’t look like I’m planning on slowing down in the next year! Let’s take a look at new resolutions:

New Year’s Resolutions for 2020:

 

  • Finish edits on current project: Although I can’t give many details on what I’m currently working on (hopefully I will in the next couple of weeks, keep an eye on my YouTube channel) I’d like to have most of the edits done by the mid-point of this year. Hopefully, this goal of having them complete by the end of the year is doable!

 

  • Finish secret project: In addition to my current project, there’s a secret side project that is something completely different from anything I’ve done before. I’m super excited to see how it goes and I would like it to also be completed by the end of the year.

 

  • Attend an author event/con: I’m already planning on attending BookCon again this year, but I’d love to go to a few other author events too! I will say, though, that I’m actively searching for internships this summer for my studies as a mechanical engineer, so that would take priority. But hopefully, I’ll be able to carve out some time!

 

  • Make another book trailer: I had such a blast making the book trailer for Missing Her, and I definitely want to do another for the project I’m currently working on. I have some great ideas for it, and I can’t wait to put them onscreen. There’s something so exciting about seeing a visual representation of your favorite stories, don’t you agree?

 

  • Take a writing retreat: I’m not sure when or where this will happen (or maybe it’ll be virtual!) but I would love to take time during my year and fully dedicate it to writing. At least a few days, maybe even a week. Obviously, this is going to have to be something that’s planned carefully in advance so I have the time. But I think it’s definitely doable!

Alright, that’s all I got! We’ll see how many of these actually get done. I hope all of you had an awesome 2019! I look forward to the new year and all of the possibilities it holds.

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments!

— JULIA

2019 NaNoWriMo Facebook Cover

October has arrived and any seasoned writers know what that means: it’s almost time for Nanowrimo!!

If you’re not familiar with Nanowrimo, it’s an event where writers around the world challenge themselves to write 50k words in a month (or 1667 words a day). It’s about as crazy as it sounds, but it’s a ton of fun!

It’s become a tradition for me and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating again this year! You can check out my end-of-Nano reflection from two years ago HERE and my daily vlog from last year HERE! I also just released a new video talking about my plan for this year, which you can watch HERE!

I’m going to be approaching Nano a little bit differently this year. Instead of just slamming out as many words as I possibly can, I’m going to find a pace that’s writing quickly but not so quickly that I lose quality. The two drafts I’ve completed in Nanos past have been good, but they really needed a lot of work. I’m hoping that if I slow down the pace a bit, it’ll help the quality (and also keep me from going insane with the added college work-load).

What are your plans for November? Are you taking on the Nanowrimo challenge? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

— Julia
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