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Interview with Julia Madeleine, author of “No One to Hear You Scream”

About Julia Madeleine

Julie MadeleineJulia Madeleine is the youngest daughter of Irish immigrant parents from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Born in Canada and raised in a small town in southern-western Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron, Julia honed her duel passions for art and fiction writng from the time she was old enough to hold a crayon. As a teenager she moved to Toronto and graduated in Media Writing from Sheridan College. She wrote for a number of entertainment magazines, while spending all her free time writing fiction, and then in 2000, her passion for art led her, quite by accident, into a career in the tattoo industry.

Home for Julia is Mississauga, where she lives with her husband and teenaged (future tattoo artist) daughter. For a year she lived in the country on a 30-acre property in the middle of nowhere, which became the inspiration for her second novel, No One To Hear You Scream. Currently she is working on the sequel to her first thriller, Scarlet Rose (2008) which will be released sometime in the fall of 2011.

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The Interview

Could you please tell us a little about your book?

No One To Hear You Scream is the story of a former Belfast gang member living in exile in the states where he builds his dream house on the edge of Keuka Lake in upstate New York, only to lose it to foreclosure when he can’t make his mortgage payments after getting popped in a drug raid. Six months after he’s released from pre-trial custody, he goes on a drug-induced rampage to get even with everyone he thinks is responsible, including the nice family who’s bought his house. When their teenage daughter falls for him, together they plot the murder of her parents.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Funny you’d ask. In 2008 my family and I bought a country house in foreclosure only to be vandalized by the former owner, still angry at losing his house. When it started to escalate we called the police to report the vandalism and they were the ones who told us they believed it was the former owner. Apparently he was well know to the police. So that night I had a dream where this guy is standing at the end of my driveway with a shotgun. From this image my character Rory Madden, was born. And I wrote the book based on him.

Who is your biggest supporter?

That would be a tie between my dad and my husband. My dad bought me my first computer way back when Apple started making them, so that I didn’t have to write my stories long hand anymore. He’s always buying me books on the craft of writing and we talk about books and story ideas all the time. And my husband is fantastic. He’s a musician and a song writer so he understands the creative obsession. He’s got a twisted little mind himself and is great at helping me with story ideas and reading my stuff, offering suggestions.

Your biggest critic?

My biggest critic would have to be me. Some days I think my writing is damn good and other days I think it’s crap. It’s so hard to be the judge of your own work. I’m always so surprised when people tell me they like my work. I guess it’s the writer’s insecurities that a lot of us suffer from, that expects people not to like it. I have no idea where this comes from. But it does help me in that I’m always trying to improve my writing. So that’s a good thing.

Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?

Teachers. Definitely some great teachers I’ve been lucky to have had. I recall one teacher in grade school who praised a short story I’d written, and something within me ignited. I must have been about ten. I didn’t do well in any other subject other than English and Art, so it’s possible this limited praise was magnified just by that very fact. Then in college I had another teacher whose encouragement really helped with my confidence as a writer. Since then I’ve had a number of other great teachers and editors who’ve helped me with the craft and mechanics of writing and I’ve benefited enormously from working with them.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a new manuscript at the moment about a girl who is stalking a killer and it’s scaring the hell out of me. The idea came from another nightmare I had that woke me out of a sound sleep. My first thought was, this would make a great story. And then immediately I thought, no, it’s way too scary to write. When I told my husband he said I was crazy if I didn’t write it because it was such a great idea. But now that I am, it’s terrifying me. Just the other day I saw I truck outside my work that looked exactly like the truck the killer in my story drives and I swear my heart did a flip. At least my husband gets a kick out of laughing at me.

No One to Hear You ScreamAbout No One to Hear You Scream

In the quiet environs of upstate New York, a family can get a great deal of land, a beautiful home, and a chance to live in the throw-back, bucolic world of small town America. For Brett and Pamela Jameson, that opportunity arose when a house they loved went into foreclosure. What they didn’t know was that this dream home was about to turn into their worst nightmare.

Former owner, Irish emigrant and violent ex-gang member Rory Madden, is out of incarceration and wants his house back, and he will stop at nothing to get it. Rory unearths the secrets hidden within the Jameson family, and begins to leverage his knowledge to slowly drive wedges between them. When their seventeen year-old, mentally unstable daughter Justine falls for Rory’s advances, the devious mind of a career criminal turns her against her own parents, setting off a series of increasingly treacherous events that culminates into a charged climactic moment.

At once a classic noir and a modern cautionary tale about the roiling truth lurking within the depths of twenty-first century suburban America, No One to Hear You Scream is a freight train to the heart of an unspoken terror inside everyone who has ever dreamed of a bright future, while nevertheless wary of what the dark past may one day bring to their door.

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