Juliet M. Sampson is the author of best-seller, Behind the Mask. Her second novel Bon Voyage! was inspired as she travelled the world visiting over twenty-one countries. She is currently writing her third novel.
Juliet Sampson has always had a love of stories
from a very young age. Story time at the library, live theatre and her
parents reading to her are all fond memories from her childhood. At school, in
her spare time, she would write short stories and poems and in her final year,
Juliet enjoyed working on the school magazine committee. Having developed a
love for literature, she embraced a career in primary teaching. This allowed
Juliet to share her love of reading, writing and storytelling with the next generation.
Teaching children about letters and sounds in the early years was an area Juliet thoroughly enjoyed but this was not enough. Juliet wanted her words and voice to reach a larger audience. She dreamed of making a difference in many more peoples’ lives and connecting with others all around the world. Writing books would allow her to do this.
Juliet’s genre is contemporary realism. In 2008, she decided to reduce her teaching hours and commit to writing her first young adult novel, Behind the Mask, which was published in 2011 by Brolga Publishing. In 2013, her second young adult novel, Bon Voyage! was published. On her writing journey, she has been fortunate to undertake Bryce Courtenay’s and Fiona McIntosh’s Master Classes. These have further inspired Juliet to follow her dreams and keep writing.
Juliet feels we are all on a journey and life has so far taught her so many important lessons. It is through these lessons that we learn. She wants to help others of all ages. We can all learn from each other.
Now at the age of 33, she lives in Melbourne near the bay where she is surrounded by family and friends. Juliet’s other passions are travelling, dancing and doing voluntary work for charity.
Juliet M Sampson
B Teach(Primary)/BA (Psychology)
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A five minute interview with Juliet
What are your favourite books?
My favourite novels are ones that show bravery and inspiration. I like Memoirs of a Geisha Girl, The Art Of Happiness (A Handbook for Living), Ugly and Judas Kisses. Another favourite of mine is Greylands by Isobelle Carmody.
I also enjoy picture books such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar, There is a Hippopotamus on my roof eating cake, Wombat Stew, Don’t Get Burnt and Sheepdogs. I also love Paul Jennings books e.g. Round the Twist.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
My advice is never give up on your writing. Try and write as often as you can and keep a notebook with you to write in ideas.
What are your passions in life?
My passions in life are my family, friends and pet dog. Also teaching, voluntary work, helping others, travelling, dancing, chocolate and of course, writing!
Who do you think are inspirational people?
Bryce Courtenay, Fiona McIntosh, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa and Saint Mary Mackillop. I also think my parents are inspirational people and I admire what they have achieved.
No act of kindness however small is ever wasted. (Aesop)
Favourite holiday destinations?
I loved visiting Paris, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Japan and New Zealand.
What are your favourite colours?
I love blue and pink.
What are your favourite foods?
I love pasta and I also enjoy Thai and Japanese foods.
What is your favourite flower?
I love sunflowers, these flowers are so bright and make me feel happy.
What are your favourite animals?
I love pandas, rabbits and Shetland Sheepdogs. I also love butterflies of course.
What do you hope to achieve with your novel Behind the Mask?
It is my wish to raise awareness about abuse. I want to support people and help them realize it is never too late to change their lives.
What are your future plans?
After Behind the Mask, I would like to write another novel. I would also like to write some children’s picture books. I will continue to do voluntary work and support charities.
TWO NEW QUESTIONS:
What is your next novel called? When will it be released?
Bon Voyage! my second novel is at the printer as we speak. I should see it in September 2013. The Australian and New Zealand release date for Bon Voyage! will be November 2013 and it will be released in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America mid 2014.
Where do you plan to travel to next?
Next year 2014, I am planning on travelling to Queensland in Australia, Paris and Provence, Spain, Portugal and Hong Kong. I am very excited about these adventures.
ANOTHER NEW QUESTION:
What are the themes in your third novel?
Mystery, Murder, Dance and Romance.
Dancing is one ofJuliet's passions
Travelling is another passion of Juliets
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