Today I am delighted to welcome Juliet Madison to Behind the Pen, sharing a few of her favourites.
Over to you Juliet! What is your favourite…and why…
Character from one of your books?
With 15 fiction books published and so many characters to choose from that is a really tough question! There are many characters I have soft spots for, but I’ll go with April Vedora from April’s Glow, because she has been through a lot of trauma including a limb amputation, having an alcoholic father, and a relationship breakup with her fiancé after his paralysis from their car accident. Yet, she is determined to put her life back together and create her own happiness. She also speaks before she thinks, which is amusing sometimes, and isn’t afraid to be honest and be herself.
Scene from one of your books?
Another tough question, can I mention two? One is funny and one is serious. The funny one is when my character Kelli in Fast Forward has been catapulted to the future and tries to squeeze into (and then out of) a special ‘slimming body suit’ but ends up getting it stuck over her head and face with her arms stuck up in the air… it was such fun to write and many readers have commented that it’s their favourite scene too! Another scene that comes to mind as memorable is from “Sound”, book 2 in my YA series The Delta Girls, when the character Serena is playing violin for the boy she likes, while sitting on a bench overlooking the ocean which she and her family dedicated to their father who went missing nine years ago. I was so immersed in writing the scene I could just about hear the melody and feel her sadness at missing her dad.
Movie of all time?
Dirty Dancing because it has a bit of everything in it and a compelling conflict-rich romance, and I love dancing. I also love The Sound Of Music!
Book that you always keep a copy of and recommend to others?
Dying to be Me, by Anita Moorjani. It’s non-fiction, a memoir about a near-death experience, but so much more. A great true story that can benefit everyone, reminding us to just be ourselves and live our lives fearlessly.
Fashion accessory that despite having plenty of, you still keep collecting?
Scarves. And I don’t even live in Melbourne.
Drink that you enjoy everyday?
A naked hot chocolate with almond milk from The Healthy Chef, it’s a mixture of cacao, carob, cinnamon, vanilla, and maca. The naked part refers to the name of the product, just to clarify 😉
Treat you indulge in?
An occasional gluten-free pizza!
Place to be?
Apart from home, a place that I’ve only been to twice but absolutely love is the Crystal Castle at Byron Bay. As soon as I walk in there I feel at peace, and it has such a magical feel to it. I could spend a lot of time there and never feel bored.
Person you admire?
My son for his passion and determination and kindness, and anyone who is brave enough to be their authentic self, and who shows integrity and kindness and acceptance of others.
Season of the year?
Autumn. I love the colour of the falling leaves and the sight hint of cool in the air while it’s still a bit warm. It feels inspiring to me, and as my birthday is in Autumn it brings up nice memories of celebrating life.
My latest release is the print edition of 12 DAVES OF CHRISTMAS which is included along with other stories in A VERY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, available now from Australian stores.