Monthly Archives: January 2014

An Interview with Juli D. Revezzo — Celebrating Pagan Fiction series

Long time readers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of Juli’s writing. I am ridiculously pleased to see her work hitting the public sphere. I’ve been allowed access to her talent for years; it’s about time you get the chance, too!

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Juli’s writing is replete with pagan elements, from battles between Celtic gods in her Harshad Wars series to her witches in Antique Magic series, so it may not be a huge surprise that Juli herself in pagan. And, happily, she’s willing to talk to us about that wonderful place where paganism and writing intersects. It is one of my favorite “crossroads”.

Thanks, Juli!

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What is your pagan tradition/path?

Juli: Well, I’m a budding bard and like to piddle around with my garden as much as my stories, so it’s a little mixture of Druidic, muse, and Earth mother, I guess you could say. 🙂

How does your particular paganism or spiritual path influence your writing?

Juli: I’ve always leaned a little bit on Mythology when building the worlds in my stories (both romance and fantasy) but I have, of late, mixed more of a Celtic mythological feel into my stories.

Was it a conscious decision on your part to write about pagan topics or was it a natural outgrowth of ‘writing what you know’?

Juli:  My very first finished manuscript had a pagan priestess in it, and that was before I really knew what I was doing.  So I suppose it was more a natural outgrowth of my chosen genre. After all, even Tolkien mixed mythology into his Lord of the Rings series. So it’s something I’ve always leaned towards.

Do you view your fiction as religious fiction, in that it has either a didactic or an inspirational purpose?

Juli: Not really. It’s just storytelling flavored with a dash of paganism.

There is an abundance of pagan-friendly stories on the market these days, especially with the gaining popularity and ease of independent publishing. Do you find there is a difference between material written by pagans about pagan or pagan-friendly stories and material written by non-pagans about pagans or pagan-friendly stories?

Juli: Emphatically TAI_New_eBook600_zps490e4eecyes! How do I put this? You can tell when a writer knows nothing about the pagan myths and gods they’re fiddling with. And when they do. There’s a certain level of respect that just can’t be faked. In fact, even though sometimes my characters have to go up against the gods (for instance Caitlin in my Antique Magic series butts heads with Arianrhod a little), I have tried to remain respectful of the figures I employ in my stories. Any “antagonist gods” I might employ are antagonists in the myths. Also, I don’t know if I’d say there’s an abundance of pagan-friendly fiction out there at all. It’s more like one tiny block of a corner of the floor of fictional subgenres.

Where do you hope to see the future of pagan fiction go?

Juli: I hope it continues and becomes more respectful of the figures non-pagan authors are dealing with.  But in reality, I predict, like anything else, its popularity will wane, more than anything.

Who are your favorite pagan fiction authors and/or what are the titles of some of your favorite pagan fiction works?

Juli: Herm….can I say my host and get away with it? (Her host certainly thinks so!!) 🙂 Her and Rebecca Buchanan, and romance authors Maggie Shayne and Elissa Wilds. I also love Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries.

Lastly, tell us where we can find more about your and your available work?


Juli: Interested readers can find more at my website at: http://julidrevezzo.com

And my work is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Juli-D.-Revezzo/e/B008AHVTLO

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/juli-d.-revezzo

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jdrevezzo and The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1064

Thank you for hosting me, Jolene!

Thank you, again, Juli, for your time!

Drawing Down the Shades – A Review

Drawing Down the Shade is the next installment in Juli D. Revezzo’s Antique Magic series, and I am thrilled to see it “hitting the shelves”! DDS reacquaints us with Caitlin and Trevor as they continue to settle into their new lives: a new business, new responsibilities, and a newly-rediscovered strength in their commitment to each other, no matter the cost.

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After the events in the previous books, Caitlin is a touch jumpy when it comes to the supernatural rubbing elbows with her husband, so when the building Trevor’s antique shop is in begins to show signs of being haunted, she quickly takes to the task of finding out all that she can. Is the place haunted? Had it been before or is this a new haunting? Is something after Trevor, or is the location simply happenstance? Is Caitlin being singled out by a vengeful goddess, or does this have nothing at all to do with the business her family is tied up in? Caitlin does not allow the unknown slow her down in the least — her commitment to her family compels her through her fears and gives her courage when others might simply flee for safety.

I’ve waxed poetic previously about the relationship between Trevor and Caitlin, but it continues to be the backbone of this series, and Ms. Revezzo does a fantastic job of making that shine throughout.

One word of warning: this is decidedly not a stand-alone book. This is part of a series. Too often I’ve seen reviews given on not-book-one of a series, complaining that it didn’t make any sense without reading the first book. You could, in theory, pick this up and read it as a first book, and you could likely even follow it. Do yourself a favor, though: start with The Artist’s Inheritance and Caitlin’s Book of Shadows. This is a great series.

Special Drawing Down the Shades

Announcing Juli’s new book, Drawing Down the Shades, the new installment in her Antique Magic series. The royalties from the sales made during this week are being donated to The Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, so treat yourself to a great book and know that part of your purchase is going towards a great cause! Click on the link to read more about this series, and the foundation.