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Goody One Shoe by Julie Frayn- One Sale for a Limited time for only 99 cents! - Author interview+ Giveaway

Eleven-year-old Billie Fullalove witnesses the murder of her parents at the hands of a gun-wielding thug. In the melee, Billie loses a leg. But her Batmanesque beginnings don’t turn her into a superhero. Yet. Billie survives her lonely childhood and settles into a solitary life, pursuing her dream of being an editor in a top publishing house. Unable to avenge her parent’s unsolved murder, she is accosted by news stories of bad guys going free thanks to an inept court system. She wields her red pen and edits the newspaper to fight evil forces, right wrongs, and bring justice to victims. When her edits come true, and criminals start dying, Billie must discover the vigilante’s identity before they act out more of her revenge fantasies

I am THRILLED  to have Author Julie Frayn  author of "Goody One Shoe"  with us today!  Julie was nice enough to take some time to sit down with us for a little Q&A.  

Who or what was your inspiration for “Goody One Shoe” ?

I wrote a flash fiction piece for a fellow writer’s blog (Dan Mader, 2minutesgo!) that started the whole Goody story. The name came from a flip comment I made on Facebook, and after-party of sorts with other flash aficionados. Someone joked about LSD, and I said I’d never taken it, was a goody two shoes back in the ‘70s in school. Now I’m just a goody one shoe. And so it began….

Are you a Batman or Dark Knight Fan? Do you read graphic novels?

 I don’t read graphic novels, but since the days of Adam West as Batman, I have been a fan. With the darker turn the tales have taken in the theatres, my fangirl love grew. I often sport Batman shirts, a retro Batman hoodie, have a cookie jar, slippers, and my favourite, Batman wallet. He is my boyfriend you see. He just doesn’t know it yet.


Are you a plotter or a panster?

Pantser all the way! I have tried plotting, but my characters tend to veer off in directions I hadn’t intended them to go.


What was your favorite book as a child?

I had several, but two come to mind. I am Susie, a sweet little hard cover (as so many children’s books were in the ‘60s) about a little blonde girl just like me. The other is a first edition of The Silly Book by Stoo Hample. Boodleheimer, Boodleheimer, clap clap clap…. I still have that book. Every once in a while I come across it in my stack of memory boxes, and I stop everything and read it again.



Where can readers contact you?

I love hearing from readers! They can contact me through my website (, via twitter (@juliefrayn), through my facebook page (, goodreads. Or they can just send me an email to

What are you working on now?

I have my fifth novel underway – The Orphan and the Rose is the fictionalized tale of my parents’ love affair. I am not writing much at the moment, as taking care of my mother (she has Alzheimer’s) is taking up my non-working hours. I do write about it on my blog under the “Adventures in Alzheimer’s” tag, and plan on turning those posts into a “Mom and Me” memoir one day. Always trying to find the humour in the daily struggle. It’s what Mom always did.



Coffee or tea? Dogs or cats? Favorite dessert?

Coffee (decaf soy caramel macchiato extra caramel please) AND tea (chai, no milk). Dogs…. (not that I dislike cats, I love ALL animals. But I am highly allergic to cats). Dessert has to be cheesecake! Plain cheesecake with thick graham cracker crust and either fresh berries, or frozen cherries thawed and drizzled overtop with all the lovely cherry juice. Dang… need cheesecake.

What do you do for fun?

I write! And I hang out with my kids. I love that I can drink with them and have raucous conversations and debates that they swear and I never feel the need to scold them because they are grown adults. Adult kids are amazing.

Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share.

A quote from William Blake that I have on my website. My nickname from childhood is JulieBird (yes, all one word). So even though this quote refers to men, I take it as my own. “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”

Thank you SO much for joining us today, Julie and I hope you come back and visit with us again soon!!


Goody One ShoeGoody One Shoe by Julie Frayn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goody One Shoe by Julie Frayn is a 2015 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have read books by this author in the past, and was always impressed with her work, which is often literary in nature, with a more serious tone to them. So, as I began this book, I could tell right way the author had decided to branch out and show another side of her personality... humor, allegory, wit and tongue in cheek sarcasm are peppered all through this dark psychological super hero style novel. This is one of the most unique stories I have read in a long while and I was utterly mesmerized by it.

Just like Bruce Wayne, in the Batman graphic novels, Billie's parents were killed in a senseless crime, which has remained unsolved, and Billie, only eleven years old at the time, lost a leg in the melee. As an adult, Billie works as a proofreader, but aspires to become a book editor. While wielding her red pen, both literally and figuratively, Billie fantasizes about retribution and vigilante justice. But, somehow, someway, Billie's imaginary edits are becoming a reality. Billie will have to figure out how this unknown personal crusader of vigilante justice is pulling this off , and in the process may very well find a way to make peace with the past once and for all.

If you have any kind of working knowledge of the publishing world, editing or proofreading, you will find yourself laughing out loud at Billie's musings. The writing here is crisp, sharp, and spot on. This story is very multi-layered and since I have a thing for dark humor and quirky characters this one was right up my alley.

Obvious parallels between Batman are woven inside Billie's story as she could truly relate to this tale of an unsolved crime involving her parents and the drive to find the killer and see justice done. But, Billie's tale is just a little bit more twisted, and while Batman is pretty dark stuff, this story takes it a step further, or maybe several steps further. I will admit I don't read graphic novels and other than being a big Batman fan myself, and having a son who is a HUGE Dark Knight enthusiast, I really am not a fan of any of the other superhero comics or big budget movies. However, I will go out on a limb and say I do think if you like graphic novels you will certainly enjoy the homage to the superhero genre and the imaginative way it is presented.

I only have one complaint and I hate to even bring it up, but I feel I should advise you that if graphic violence is something you have a hard time with you should know up front there are a few disturbing scenes and one scene for me was just a bit too descriptive for my taste.

For me this book was quite different from my usual fare and I hope I have gleaned from it what the author was hoping for, but it could be open to various interpretations. I think it's one of those books you can read more than once and pick up something new from it every time you read it. In fact, I've left this one in my 'favorite' folder because I want to read it more leisurely and really absorb all the various nuances of it I may have missed the first time around. ( If my schedule ever permits me to, that is)

Once again, I was impressed with Julie Frayn's ability to weave so many elements together into one cohesive story that is sure to capture your imagination and challenge your senses, and is a testament to her skill and talent as an author.

I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good crime novel, psychological thriller, graphic novels with superhero elements, maybe even those who read fantasy novels or enjoy whimsical tales, and those who enjoy dark humor as well. 4.5 stars


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  1. Thanks for having me today, Julie! Loved doing the interview, and SO love you review of Goody. :)

  2. Love hearing more from Julie and about Goody One Shoe! I'm currently addicted to it. :D

  3. Great interview. Thanks for posting.

    I finished reading 'Goody' this morning and thoroughly loved it. Highly recommended.


  4. Nicely done Interview! I'm going to have to download a shoe.

  5. What a fun book! Great interview, too

  6. Enjoyed the interview and I love that title. I also agree, adult children are fun.

  7. Great review. I have already dowloaded Goody One Shoe and it's going to be moved up the tbr pile now.