Bijou DuLac was born and raised in rural Michigan where she attended college and began writing. She and her husband spent ten years in Montana before moving to the Seattle area. She hates being cold and she likes to wear hand-knit critter caps and mismatched scarves and sweaters while she writes. When Bijou is not busy knitting or working on her next book, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their two naughty dogs.
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Find her on Facebook at mhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Bijou-DuLac/100008212083670.
Q: What would surprise people to know about you?
A: I think my tattoos surprise a lot of people. I have reached the point in life where a lot of people look at me and see this nice, middle-aged dork. I am really quiet and reserved and I am all about proper manners until I get to know people. Then, when I roll up my sleeves, they are surprised to see my ink. In addition to a variety of tattoo designs in many places, I am working on a sleeve that has all of my favorite children’s book characters.
Q: What do you like to read?
A: I read just about anything I can get my hands on. I am a full on addict when it comes to books and reading. Right now, I have a list of several hundred books I would like to read as well as 70 – 80 books in a “to read” pile which is making an attempt at taking over my living room. Biography, history, romance, children, young adult, fiction, religion, science, self-help, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy – There really is nothing I won’t read. Every room in my house has books in it and I have 80 boxes of books in the garage.
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: I am going to totally expose myself as a full-on geek here. My favorite book is an old hardcover thesaurus that I have been using since I was a sophomore or junior in high school. One of my best friends gave me a gift certificate to the local book shop for Christmas one year and the thesaurus is what I bought with it. I was so excited that I could finally afford it. The thesaurus survived the rest of high school, college and all the years since. I also have a tattered old dictionary that comes in as a close second but the thesaurus is definitely my favorite.
Q: What happens to the books you don’t like?
A: If I get to the end of a book and I am mad at the author or a character, the book goes in the freezer until I have to take it out to make room for actual food. I think when we sold our house in Montana, I left a John Steinbeck book in the freezer for the next people because I was so mad at the ending I did not even want to pack it with the other books.
Q: What made you decide to start writing?
A: I don’t think there was ever a time when I was not into writing. I loved books as a child and as soon as I learned to write, I started writing stories. Writing makes me happy and in my heart, it is the only thing that I ever really wanted to do.
Q: What type of writing schedule do you keep?
A: I do most of my writing late at night. No matter what my day has been like, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 a.m., it is like someone has flipped a switch. There is just something about the middle of the night. The house is quiet, my husband and our two dogs are asleep and suddenly, I am wide awake and for a few hours, I feel like I am at my most creative.
Q: Are you working on anything new?
A: I always have something going on the back burner. Sometimes I write story ideas down and tuck them away for years before I come back to them. Other times, the characters won’t leave me alone and I have to write their story right away.
Q: What kind of fictional characters are your favorites?
A: I like characters who have flaws and accept them. When a character is less than perfect, I feel like I can connect with them better on a personal level.
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