Interview with Julia Byers

Hey Everyone! During this month, I have several interviews I had the privilege of doing with fellow writers from my writing group. Julia Byers is our first guest. It’s good to have you, Julia! 

Julia Byers is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in creative writing. Her work has appeared in Teen Ink magazine, the RC Review, the White Ash Literary Magazine, the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection, and the 17th Annual Café Shapiro Anthology. She won the Children’s/Young Adult category of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, a 2014 Hopwood Underclassmen Fiction Award, and the 2014 Arthur Miller Award, among other honors. She currently works as a remote intern for a literary agent and runs the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Her hobbies include Netflix and not going outside. She fangirls/posts pictures of her dog at

Questions About Writing: 
1.        How long have you been writing? 
I’ve been writing for longer than I can remember. My mom says that back before I learnedhow to do it myself, I’d follow her around the house begging her to write down my stories.
2.        What age do you write for and how did you choose that age? 
I write for young adults. The teenage years are all about discovery, so it’s a really interesting and special age group.
3.        What genre do you write? 
I write a lot of action-y stuff, usually espionage-related.
4.        How serious are you about writing? 
Not serious in the least. (By which I mean I’m majoring in creative writing, currently interning for a literary agent, have written five novels, and run a writing conference for teenagers.)
5.        If you could give us one bit of writing advice, what would it be? 
Keep going. Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes it’sdisheartening, but it’ll always be worth it in the end.

Random Questions:
1. If you could travel to any country, which would it be? 
Right now, I’m dying to visit Italy. That area’s got such a complex and rich history.

2. If you could chose only two books to read for the rest of your life, what would they be? Probably the Bible (because that seems like a good book to have around) and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (because it can cheer me up, no matter what).
3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be (past included)?
CS Lewis. His writing and life both inspire me a ton. I got to eat at the Eagle and Child this past summer—the pub at which the Oxford Inklings met back in the day—and it was incredible.

Questions About Favorites:
1.        What’s your favorite book? 
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It’s a YA historical espionage novel about a pair of best friends during WWII, and it’s twisty and heartbreaking and beautiful.
2.        What’s your favorite quote? 
More than a little bit cliché, but “carpe diem” (by any number of people). It’s such a great motto to live by.

One word answers:
            Fancy or Casual? Fancy
Coffee or Tea? Tea
City or Country? City
Morning bird or Night Owl? Morning bird
Summer or Winter? Summer
Calm or Crazy? Crazy
Piano or Guitar? Guitar

2 thoughts on “Interview with Julia Byers

  1. David Mabe says:

    Awesome!! I really enjoy reading your interview, Julia. I really hope to visit the Eagle and Child one day. If only the walls could talk. And I agree with your instrument choice. I play both, but the piano is really hard to strap to your back and carry around. 🙂


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