Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier with a rescue poodleDark Matter Zine puts renowned fantasy author Juliet Marillier in the limelight in this podcast (above and on iTunes) and video (embedded below).

Juliet has a special friend sitting on her lap throughout the interview but not the furry friend pictured. Even Smokey (my cat) puts in an appearance before deciding her electric blanket is more comfortable. In spite of the four-legged circus, Juliet covers a lot of ground in this interview.

Juliet Marillier’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

She is active in her local writing community, mentoring aspiring writers, giving workshops, and serving on the Literary Board of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. She is a regular contributor to genre writing blog Writer Unboxed.

Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids) and her spiritual values are often reflected in her work – the human characters’ relationship with the natural world plays a significant part, as does the power of storytelling to teach and to heal.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Juliet Marillier can be found at her website and her books can be found at good bookstores and her publishers (Pan Macmillan in Australia).