A Little About
The Buxton Peak Series
When he meets Megan, a small town college girl at church in a remote part of Michigan, he figures out pretty quickly that she knows nothing about him. So he makes the decision to hide his fame from her.
His plan backfires when Megan finds out who he really is and decides she doesn’t want to live her life in his spotlight, with all the baggage that comes with it. She just wants to live a quiet life in rural Michigan with a normal husband and family.
But, center stage can’t last forever. Even a rock band as talented as Buxton Peak can come crashing down.
While Ian is blinded by love, his band is torn apart by distractions, temptations, and drug abuse.
Will Ian stand beside his mates, letting their problems become his problems? Can they pull together as a band? Or will the pressures of stardom rip them apart?
Author Rating: PG-13 due to drug references and frank discussions/innuendoes about sex and the importance of waiting until marriage.
Ten Things You Should Know About
Julie L. Spencer
While writing the Buxton Peak trilogy, I listened to a lot of One Direction, but now that I’m writing Buxon Peak: The Early Years, I’ve been jamming to 80’s rock songs like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Guns & Roses. I’ve come to the realization that Slash is quite possibly the most talented guitar player who ever lived.
2. What is the first thing you remember writing?
I wrote my first novel in junior high. It was terrible, but my friends passed the pages around as fast as I could scrawl them into a notebook. I would rip out a page and hand it to the person next to me and keep writing. I’m not sure how I passed seventh grade, or why the teachers didn’t put a stop to it. I just kept writing, and writing, and writing. I threw the manuscript away at the end of the school year. What I wouldn’t give to have those pages back.
3. At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”
I’ve always said that you’re not an author until someone else pays you for your stories. So, the first time I got a commission check, I thought “NOW, I’m an author!”
4. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
I mostly write with a keyboard but I use a lot of sticky notes, too. I also have notebooks that I use to write notes, outlines, diagrams, flow charts and maps. I can type almost as fast as I can think, so I prefer a keyboard. I also have to use an external keyboard because I wear the keys off. My nails are really long and scratch off the letters.
5. What project are you working on now?
My series called Buxton Peak has consumed me for about the past year, but I’ve also written several other stories. I usually have about five or six works-in-progress at any given time. Buxton Peak was originally a stand-alone novel but it turned into a trilogy of novellas. Now, I’ve written a prequel, and am working on several spin-off stories highlighting a few of the minor characters from the original trilogy.
6. Do any of your characters sound/look like famous actors in your head?
My Buxton Peak guys look like One Direction but sound like a compilation of pre-grunge rock bands like Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, and Bon Jovi.
7. Do you write/read every single day?
I’m an avid reader and often read several novels each week. Thanks to my Kindle App on my phone, I can read while walking from my desk to the kitchen, from the restroom to the drinking fountain, walking through the grocery store, while doing the dishes, etc. I also write every chance I get, usually every day. I have a full-time job and I’m a wife & mother, so I’m limited in what I can accomplish. If it were up to me, I’d write all day everyday!
8. What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing? I’m completely addicted to Diet Coke. That’s all I have to say about that.
9. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
I am the Administrator of a local conservation district and I’m very involved in watershed management planning, soil erosion control projects, and wildlife habitat restoration. Very strange departure from writing stories about rock stars, but I’m very passionate about the work we do at the conservation district.
10. Who are your three favorite characters in your books? I’m oddly in love with my guy characters to the point that my husband should probably be jealous… except that he is my romantic inspiration, and he knows it! Ian Taylor and Kai Burton are my favorite guys in the Buxton Peak series, and Todd Ramsey is my favorite from my novel called The Cove.