5 Questions With Boca Raton Author Julie Ives

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  1. Tell us about yourself, your family and how you became an author.

I have been married to my husband Howie for 25 years; we have one child, our 16 year old daughter Maggie, who is our world. How I became an author is still a mystery to me. It was never a dream or goal of mine, it just happened. One day my daughter was wearing a t shirt with the cast of the Breakfast Club on it, and next thing I know I have a pencil in my hand and just started writing for the next six months.

  1. What brought you to Boca Raton? What is your favorite part about living here?

We had lived in Parkland since 2009, but when my daughter graduated 8th grade I began looking for high schools that offered some sort of medical science courses because Maggie wants pursue a career in forensic pathology. I came across West Boca Raton Community High School and applied to the Medical Science Academy through the lottery, but she did not get in. However, she was offered a spot if we moved within the school boundaries, so we sold our house in Parkland in August 2017 and moved to West Boca. Of course our favorite part of living in Boca Raton is that Maggie is able to attend West Boca Community High School. It is an amazing school and Maggie is thriving. Even though we have lived in Florida for 18 years, Coral Springs and Parkland, we very rarely ventured to Boca, and now that we live here, we have learned how much there is to do and see, it’s full of culture and fabulous restaurants.

  1. You recently released a new book “Welcome To Welby Island” tell us about it.

Welcome To Welby Island is a story that revolves around five troubled people from Los Angeles who come from different walks of life but will soon be traveling down the same path to enlightenment. That is, if they can survive twelve weeks on Welby Island at the hands of world renowned life coaches Micah and Blair Caine.

When the five arrive via seaplane to an inhabited island off the coast of Washington State, they are none too happy. After a fifteen-minute walk up the beach and through the woods, they emerge to the sight of a rundown shack that in no way resembles the large sprawling beach house from the Claine Enlightenment Retreat brochure.

It doesn’t take long for the life coaching gurus to realize these feisty five are not buying what they are selling. Knowing that they are each carrying burdens that are clinging to them like seaweed, the five guests of Welby Island have to figure out how to get along and survive twelve weeks in a shack on a deserted island.

Welcome To Welby Island is a witty, sassy, humorous and emotional journey that will take you along on the road to enlightenment.

  1. What was the inspiration behind this book?

As I mentioned in the first question, my inspiration was my daughter Maggie’s Breakfast Club T-shirt. For some reason, I looked at her shirt and the story started gaining steam in my head. I began writing and as the characters came to life on paper, the story just flowed out of me. There was no stopping it.

  1. How many books have you written? Where can we purchase your books?

Welcome to Welby Island is my first published book, however, I found that I wasn’t quite done with Leanne, Devon, Amber, Leonard and Rosalie, so I am just about finished writing a sequel, which hopefully I will have completed and ready to submit to my publisher by February. I also have another book that I began working on about a year ago, possibly called, “Grannie’s Gone Wild”. That has been sitting on the back burner, which I will move to the front burner after I finish the second Welcome To Welby Island.

As of right now, my book, released Nov. 30, is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, with future locations to come.