Welcome to the Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
Are you artistic in other ways in addition to writing?
Julie Sondra Decker
Yes. I enjoy drawing (though I’m not professional level at it), and I draw two webcomics—one is a silly manga-style color strip comic about being a writer (updates monthly), and the other is a long-form story comic drawn in pencil (updates weekly–it has been going on for nearly nine years). I also enjoy singing, and majored in music with voice as my instrument. I like making up and performing harmony parts to others’ songs, and I do a lot of karaoke, though I also enjoy singing classical art songs. My website building, home decorating, and baking may also count as creative activities, but I do them to a lesser extent.
A little, I guess. I used to love making jewelry until I ran out of time to do it. But I was pretty decent at it!
I paint a little. When words won’t come, I find painting is another good way to get my emotions out. I also love to take photographs, though I’m not even an amateur—that is, I don’t have a bunch of fancy equipment, just my iPhone. I used to sing and act, too, but now I sing only for myself and acting isn’t something I get the chance to do much.
I sometimes paint and sketch. I also enjoy graphic design.
I wish I was more artistic. I do enjoy photography, mostly photographing people. I love the challenge of trying to capture their personality on film. But that’s it. I can’t draw or paint or anything like that. My nine-year-old is seriously more artistic than I am.
I’d say yes but I should really say I used to be, only because I don’t spend time on other creative things besides writing now. I used to enjoy decorating and sewing quite a bit, and maybe I’ll break out the sewing machine for Halloween costumes and Easter dresses, but that’s about it these days.
While I like tinker on the piano some and doodle (poorly), I’m not very artistic outside of writing. I do like to work on computer graphics, using the skills I’ve learned to make covers and fun things to go with my books, but those skills are limited.
Are you artistic or creative in other ways?