Just Our Luck
Words on Bathroom Walls
IN THE PRESS
Echoing the premise and structure of Flowers for Algernon, this frank and inspiring novel shows how a teen’s life changes after he is given an experimental medication to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Despite heavy subject matter, Adam is hilarious and infinitely lovable, and the ending is hopeful and realistic rather than happily-ever-after and contrived.
Walton has crafted a character with unparalleled likability, a boy whose endearing, witty, introspective commentary allows readers to get inside the head of a person with a debilitating mental illness...Highly recommended.
School Library Journal
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS
JULIA WALTON is the author of the award-winning Words on Bathroom Walls (soon to be a major motion picture!). She received an MFA in creative writing from Chapman University and a BA in History from UC Irvine. Julia lives with her husband and children in Huntington Beach, CA.
Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @JWaltonwrites
Okay but for real, here’s THE HONEST BIO.
JULIA WALTON was miserable in insurance. She wrote quite a bit of Words on Bathroom Walls on a notepad near her work phone while she was supposed to be, you know, working…So clearly she was a stellar employee and the company was lucky to have her.
Julia talks to herself a lot and cannot pass a reflective surface without checking out her hair. Spoiler...it’s usually a disaster.
She loves avocados, sushi, her mom’s meatloaf, and her grandma’s marinara sauce. If she’s going out to lunch, her go-to meal is a tuna melt on sourdough with sweet potato fries.
She eats candy (Cadbury please) and the occasional, generous scoop of Nutella (Costco size only) in her pantry while her kids are distracted.
She will not put any effort into her ensemble unless her hair is also under control.
She’s afraid of hippos and snakes in that order.
She tells her kids that some shows on Netflix are broken because they are so effing annoying she cannot watch them.
She cannot dance. Or read a map. Or wear high heels.
Sometimes she writes books.
Red Vines are better than Twizzlers.
Pie is better than cake.
Swedish fish and Haribo are superior to all gummies.
Figs and tangerines are underrated.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the movie adaptation for Words on Bathroom Walls coming out?
August 21, 2020!! All information regarding the movie can be found here: https://www.wordsonbathroomwallsmovie.com
What is your writing process like? Any advice for writers with small kids?
These days the success of my writing life depends heavily on when my children choose to nap. But usually I love writing like 20 pages in a notebook and then typing it up and editing as I go.
I also do a lot of outlining in the Notes App of my phone while I nurse my son or while my kids watch their newest Netflix obsession. Right now it’s a toss-up between Tru and the Rainbow Kingdom and Rescue Riders. Now that we have Disney +, Princess Elena has also joined the ranks of most requested programming.
My Little Ponies is permanently broken. Huh. That’s weird.
Oh yeah, my process… in a perfect world I would write every day at the library. I can write like 5,000 words in a quiet corner of my library if I have zero interruptions and lots of coffee (this is not a regular occurrence by any means but it has happened before!) but now I have kids so those days are pretty much non-existent.
As for advice for parents who are also writers: I guess what works for me is to squeeze in the writing time whenever I can…and to outline scenes so that when I do get an uninterrupted hour, I can get right to it without re-reading everything I just wrote.
Having kids has changed my approach to writing dramatically. I write entire scenes on my phone and email them to myself to add to my Word Doc later. It’s not easy but it does get words on the page so… *shrugs*
What are you working on right now?
Working on a secret Middle Grade….Shhhhhhhhh!
Also a novella and another YA!
It is also my life goal to get a picture book published someday!
What non-writing goals do you have?
I’d love to get certified to teach yoga. And learn to play tennis.
What is your favorite book (JUST PICK ONE, YOU COWARD)?
Geez. Okay…A Christmas Carol is my favorite story of all time. Not just because I love Christmas. I love the idea that someone can turn their life around. And the best adaptation of all time: MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL. Don’t argue with me, just sit there in your wrong-ness.
Okay but what books are you recommending right now…?
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston (This isn’t YA, folks. It’s beautifully written but there’s lots of steamy, swoony sex, keep that in mind!)
What advice do you have for writers just getting started?
WRITE. Little by little you will get there. Just keep going! And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t hit a word count. Even a few lines is progress.
Also, keep your eyes on your own paper. Don’t measure your success by how others are doing.
How do you stay motivated to write?
I think about when I saw my book at Barnes and Noble for the first time. I was with my daughter and she saw it on the shelf before I did. She was about one and a half at the time.
I remember she raced over to it and with her little baby hands, pulled it off the shelf and held it up to me.
“Mama’s book,” she said. And she smiled. I remember that smile more than I remember seeing the book.
That moment still motivates me to keep going.
The best way to contact me is on Twitter. I read every Tweet and reply as soon as I can.
My literary agent is Jodi Reamer at Writers House. Please only contact her with professional inquiries at email@example.com.
For film and television rights, Julia is represented by Mary Pender at United Talent Agency. Please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.