Author Spotlight: Julia Bar

Julia Bar

About the Author:

Julia_Bar_HeadshotOriginally from Ukraine, Julia made the life-changing move to Australia as a young adult. In 2002 she fell sick with anxiety and panic attacks. Through the struggle to feel healthy again she turned to pen and paper. Julia’s memoir is her way to reach out to those who struggle with life and look for answers. Julia’s first book is the way for others to experience the healing journey she went through. Julia resides in Sydney, Australia with her partner and children. She enjoys her work in a welfare sector and communicates with her readers through her blog.

Connect with Julia:
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Interview:

MF: Deprecating honesty has been used to describe your writing. Do you think that description is accurate? Why or why not?
JB: Yes, I think this description is accurate. I started writing this book as my diary and it is very personal.

MF: You chose to self-publish Healing My Anxiety and it has made it to the top 100 on Lulu.com for books on self-development. Tell us about your publishing and marketing experiences thus far.
JB: I enquired about traditional publishing first, however I realized that unless you are a celebrity or have connections it’s almost impossible to get a book published. Most Australian publishers do not accept any manuscripts on self-development.

I published my book through Lulu.com. They have improved it since, but when I was doing it, it was a long process. Editing was the longest part – doesn’t matter how many people edited it I still found mistakes that needed to be corrected.

Marketing is not easy for a self-published author. It’s very time consuming. I personally work and have a family, so I have chosen to employ an assistant to do my marketing.

MF: Millions of people suffer from anxiety and other emotional disorders (myself included). What makes your book stand apart from the multitudes of books on the same subject?
JB: Every story is different. My book is not only about anxiety – I had an eventful life so far, moving from communist Ukraine to far away Australia and going through spiritual development and growth.

MF: What was the hardest part of writing Healing My Anxiety?
JB: Writing about time when I thought I was about to die.

MF: You aren’t a full-time writer. You also work in the welfare sector in Australia. Are there any future books waiting to pour from you?
JB: I think so. My first publishing experience was so time consuming that it put me off starting another book soon after. I put so much into it that I want to see it selling well before starting another book. I will only write if I have something to tell the world, not just for profit.

MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
JB: I don’t read much fiction anymore. Most of my reading is non-fiction books on self-development and health related topics.

MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
JB: Only write if you have something to tell the world. We have enough cheesy Mills and Boon style books.

MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
JB Don’t make it your full time job unless you wrote Harry Potter.

MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
JB: I don’t really want to live in any book… I hope you don’t find this disappointing 🙂


Healing My AnxietyAn excerpt from Healing My Anxiety:

I read that many people have their first panic attack come on suddenly, out of the blue.

It starts while they are watching TV, having a meal, or simply relaxing. In March 2002 I experienced some chest pain. Back then I lived in a small but prosperous country town in New South Wales with my de facto husband and my daughter from a previous marriage. I was 33 years old.

A moment in time: I am lying on a bed in the emergency department, staring at the ceiling and promising myself to change my lifestyle, to lose weight. I am scared, but hopeful. I have never had any serious health problems.

I tried, but I didn’t persist with my efforts. It was not only extra weight that I was carrying. I found that often before a significant medical issue comes up we get a warning of some sort. There is still time to do something, but often it is ignored or dismissed…

My life became a nightmare. I was getting sick as often as every 10 minutes…

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