Win A SIGNED Copy of Pickin’ Tomatoes in the Thursday Throng author interview with JW Bull

This weeks Thursday Throng author interview is with a newly self published author, JW Bull. JW hails from Atlanta in Georgia and when she isn’t writing she is a musician with The Georgia Symphony and a violin teacher.

pickin tomatoesAccording to Amazon “Pickin’ Tomatoes is about picking the right choices in life. Sometimes you pick rotten tomatoes, sometimes you pick Heirloom tomatoes. Root for Maggie Malone as she searches for herself and Mister Right. She’s part Stephanie Plum, part Bridget Jones and part pre-renowned Julia Child and will definitely keep you in stitches.

I was the girl that laughed all the way through Bridget Jones on a night flight from New York – much to other passengers dismay and the irritation of my (now ex) husband – I kept digging him in the ribs to read bits out to him; so when JW contacted me to ask if I’d consider her for the Thursday Throng and that her book was Bridget Jones meets Cooking – how could I refuse. The book didn’t disappoint in the slightest and I loved every minute of it, laughed at the situations Maggie gets herself into, reading it with that feeling of trepidation for her, as you just know where it’s all going to end up. The recipes look interesting and I do have a (slight) interest in cooking – I’m more Maggieish than I’m prepared to let on – and at some point I will try them. Maggie is a character that I bonded with and I’m looking forward to the next in the series about Maggie’s cousin.

JW BullHi JW and welcome to the interview. My first question is always, ‘What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I am a germaphobe like my main character, Maggie Malone.  When I cook, I wash my hands a billion times. Had I come up with the idea of “protective safety gear”(goggles and rubber gloves) when I cook with raw meat before I wrote Pickin’ Tomatoes , I’d forever use them. Being that I came up with the idea for my dysfunctional character, Maggie, there’s no way I’d use them now. What would people say? I am not dysfunctional. I do not have a problem with germs in raw meat, I do not have a…yes, I do. I think I’ll wash my hands just thinking about it.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

“Can you reinvent yourself … even if it means telling “little white lies” to get what you want? And if you do succeed at reinventing yourself, can your fabrications come back to haunt you? …. Pickin’ Tomatoes is a witty, lighthearted comedic story that pokes fun at the trials and errors of choices made that everyone encounters at some time in their life. If you can’t poke fun and laugh at yourself as you journey down life’s road, then you need to lighten’ up buttercup, because Pickin’ Tomatoes is all about picking the right choices in life, and sometimes you pick the rotten tomatoes, and other times you pick the Heirloom tomatoes! Kudos to author J.W. Bull on a wonderful and entertaining debut novel.  ~Kathleen Anderson, Jerseygirl book reviews.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

I received a one star from some random stranger on Goodreads. They did not even deem me worthy of a review. That said it all…

How did you choose a title for your book?

My book was originally named The Chef of Hearts. Many, many rewrites later, it became Pickin’ Tomatoes, named after the column my main character writes in the magazine, Cooking and Men.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

My day job is teaching violin to kids and adults. I have gotten myself in trouble on occasion in my lessons. We will be playing a song, I’m talking to the student giving corrections as we play together and I realize I have no idea where we are in the song because I’ve also been writing my book in my head. Ahh…multitasking. If only I could do more than three or four things at a time…

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Writing out the recipes. I never cook with recipes. I am at my best when I just let the creative juices flow and it’s rare I make anything the same way twice.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Wine, definitely wine. The words flow so much better with a little Merlot toddy and oddly enough, I find my words funnier when I’m tipsy. Go figure…


How to get a FREE copy of Pickin Tomatoes

JW Bull has kindly offered a free SIGNED copy of Pickin Tomatoes to one lucky commenter. All you need to do to be in with chance of winning is to to leave a comment or a message below for either me or the authors. At the end of January I will pick one commenter at random and let them know they have won the book.

Where to buy the book and find out more about JW Bull

You can meet JW on her website at: You can also find her on Facebook at:; on Twitter at: and on Goodreads at:

You can get your own copy of  Pickin Tomatoes on Amazon in the UK and Amazon in the US, and you can find my review on both these sites and on Goodreads as well.


Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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  1. I agree with lenwilliamscarver!.. I had no clue what the title meant but the one line “Pickin’ Tomatoes is about picking the right choices in life. ” had me wanting it then and there!. Great interview. Loved this post…