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This interview was conducted by Lisa Brown-Gilbert on March 29, 2016.

With me today is author, Julia Wilmot, author of Where is Emmy Butler's Life Plan?

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview with me, Julia! Your book Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan?, was such a wonderfully inspiring book. What inspired you to write it?

Julia Wilmot: Iíve always loved the idea that thereís Ďsomeoneí out there helping us along with our lives and I wanted to explore this idea. The concept of a Ďlife planí seemed to fit in with that.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: Your book explores some facets of spirituality. What made you follow such a spiritual bent with your storyline?

Julia Wilmot: I really want my books to be entertaining and deliver a spiritual message in a very accessible way. I know there are lots of people out there who are interested in exploring spirituality and my hope was that fiction could be a good, if unusual, way of delivering that. There is quite a lot that can be introduced in a fictional setting that might encourage people to explore more fully.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: What started you on your spiritual path in life?

Julia Wilmot: When I was about 14 I met a wonderful lady, who was my boyfriendís mother. There was something very special about her and as I got to know her I found out that she practised Transcendental Meditation. I learnt myself when I was 15 and have never looked back.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: Your blog, is an intriguing site that is spiritually edifying and uplifting. What uplifts you spiritually?

Julia Wilmot: I just love the idea that the Universe is on your side! Everything that I write about starts from that position. I want to encourage people to live the life they want to live.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: What would be the best advice you could give someone looking to become more spiritually conscious?

Julia Wilmot: Taking time for yourself is really important. For me itís very important that I meditate twice a day. Listening to your inner voice and being brave enough to follow your feelings, all of these things help to make that connection with the divine stronger.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: Your characterizations in the book were quite realistic. Were any of your characters modeled after anyone you know in real life?

Julia Wilmot: I didnít have any one particular person in mind for any of the characters, but obviously we use our experiences to serve our imagination. All my characters feel very familiar to me.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: What would you like readers to take away from the book?

Julia Wilmot: I want people to give more thought to the unseen aspects of our lives. If reading my book opens up someoneís awareness to there being more to life than meets the eye Iíd be very happy.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: What was the most difficult aspect of writing the book?

Julia Wilmot: Just sitting down and getting it done. The story was there in my head but itís so easy to procrastinate! There is always something else that needs attention if you allow it. But once I sat at my desk the words just flowed.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: What is the one best bit of advice you would give to writers aspiring to publish?

Julia Wilmot: I think it is very important not to let anyone get in between you and the story that you want to tell. Let people you trust read your work but at the end of the day only you know what you want to say. If someone offers advice but it doesnít sit easily with you then donít be dissuaded. If you believe in it keep going.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: Do you have anything that you are working on for future publication?

Julia Wilmot: Yes, Iím currently working on another book. Itís in its early stages but I have the story and Iím very excited to be getting it down on to paper.

Lisa Brown-Gilbert: Thanks again for agreeing to do this interview with me, Julia! I really enjoyed talking with you about your inspiring and interesting book!

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