Author Archives: Julia French

About Julia French

Writer of contemporary horror fiction.

Bad Times at the El Royale

I found this film well-written, directed, and acted, containing intelligently done misdirections that change the course of the narrative and mess with the expectations of the audience. Much like the TV series Lost, the characters in Bad Times interact and … Continue reading

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The Buzz

In July and August, the hot-weather insects are out in force. All sorts of obscure and icky insect sightings can occur during this time. You innocently leave your car and walk up to the front or back door of your … Continue reading

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Free on Smashwords July 1 – 31

Download all my digital books for free on Smashwords from July 1 through July 31! Happy Independence Day!      

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Smashwords special!

FROM MAY 1 THROUGH MAY 31, DIGITAL COPIES OF ALL MY BOOKS ARE FREE ON SMASHWORDS!  ENJOY! https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JF2018  

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Active or Passive? It’s All Good!

Some activities are active, like skiing, knitting, gardening, playing the trumpet. They involve energy, time, and commitment. Other activities are passive in nature, such as going to a museum, listening to music, and watching a movie. They don’t require much … Continue reading

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Your Mind’s Eye

In your mind’s eye, do you picture the story you are reading or writing happening in real-life locations? Do you picture your favorite narrative taking place in your back yard, your grandmother’s farm, or the national park you and your … Continue reading

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It’s So Simple!

Life is sometimes simple, except when it’s not. Writing isn’t simple, or at least I don’t find it so. Buying a house isn’t as simple as we would like it to be. Raising a puppy or a kitten isn’t as … Continue reading

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A Ballad To Remember

Way back in the dinosaur days when I was in college, I wrote a lengthy term paper about English and Scottish ballads. The reason this song, If I Die Young by The Band Perry (available in Amazon digital music) fascinates … Continue reading

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Out of the Deep Freeze

The midwestern US has its share of cold snaps, but this year was a record-breaker. On the worst day the air temperature stood at -25° and the wind chill was reported at -49°. Today, the second day of February, the … Continue reading

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There’s Something About Cacti

I have an indoor green thumb. I really do. I’ve produced cuploads of cherry tomatoes from the tomato plants on my windowsill, raised healthy lettuce and onion sets, sprouted celery plants from root cuttings, and kept potted marigolds blooming into … Continue reading

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Hill Magick giveaways on Amazon and Smashwords

Amazon is giving away 20 digital copies of Hill Magick through December 31. Enter for a chance to win a free digital copy: Hill Magick giveaway Smashwords end-of-year sale is on now through January 1. Visit and get 25 % … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block: The Obligatory Post

Some writers insist there is no such thing as writer’s block, and they are blessed with steady production for as long as their writing careers last. Not every writer is so lucky. Writer’s block can strike at any time, for … Continue reading

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