She Lost Her Muse by June Rollins, an artist with signature membership in the Southern Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of NC.

"June Rollins Author She Lost Her Muse"Her twenty years experience writing narrative essays shines through in her lively writing style and her colorful characters’ intricately woven lives. She has been published in Watercolor Artist and is a regular contributor for Yadkin Valley Magazine. June lives in the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Reverend Robert Rollins, Jr., who is nothing at all like Pastor Wayne. She Lost Her Muse is book one of The Maypole Artists series and her debut novel.

This is her interview:

What is your book about?

She Lost Her Muse is about a twenty-year old art student’s struggles within a codependent friendship and a religiously conservative upbringing in a southern small town setting. College suspension and being sent to her mother’s abandoned homeplace pave the way for Poppy meeting new friends and adversaries that are instrumental in her facing fears and anger, building courage and compassion and developing a beginning awareness of family secrets.

Why did you want to write this book?

Over the past twenty years of offering painting workshops to adults, the one common trait I’ve observed in others is self-doubt and fear. I can relate, because that’s my story too. I wanted to be an artist in high school and college. Both times I chose other options and kept my dream inside. In 1999 during the Y2K Scare, I thought if the world was going to end, I at least wanted to take a watercolor class. I registered for a ten-week course and have been painting since.

What do you hope other people will take away from reading your book?

I hope people who are held back by self-doubt are inspired to believe in themselves when aspiring to learn something new. I wish I could have overcome my fears at a younger age. Maybe, She Lost Her Muse will be a positive catalyst for someone. I also hope to prompt a laugh or two as we recognize ourselves in the antics of some of the characters. I think the ability to laugh at ourselves is an insightful gift.

What’s the best writing advice you ever received?

The process in Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg has helped me the most.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m painting. I began working in watercolor in my mid-forties. The last few years I’ve been working in oils. I also enjoy flower gardening, daily walks with my sweet Havanese, Rosie, and watching Britbox with my husband, Rob.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently writing, She Held The Key, book two of The Maypole Artists series.

How can our readers get a copy of your book?

She Lost Her Muse will be available in paperback and ebook on Amazon March 31, 2021.

What is the best way for our readers to connect with you?

By signing up to be on my email list on my website, You will receive chapter one of She Lost Her Muse for free and can connect with me via email.

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