Juliet Waldron talks about "Fly Away Snow Goose" and "A Master Passion"
Welcome to writer Juliet Waldron!
Juliet Waldron was baptized in the Yellow Spring of a small Ohio farm town, and she’s always had a strong connection with the land and nature.
After some years spent in a house with a resident ghost, she began to travel with her mother, a shoe-string globe-trotter, a flamboyant woman who adored history and grand opera. Juliet attended schools in Cornwall and Barbados, before returning stateside for college.
1. 1. My life outside of writing.
I don’t have one. J
I have a husband who, since his retirement, needs someone to boss around, so, lately, that’s me. Besides being the hausfrau, I do lots of yard work. In the summer, it’s mowing, trimming, weeding, and gardening. (We Ohio farm girls are tough.) If it snows, you know who is first out the door to dig out the cars. Just finished the leaves—which are somewhat my fault, as I’ve planted 25 trees on our small lot since we came here 30+ years ago. Like Treebeard in Lord of The Rings, some I’ve known since “nut and acorn.”
I bike, but not as much as I used to. I volunteer and show up at meetings for local government and stay informed. I love to camp, but only get out once a year. These days’ I stay in a cabin with others who share many of my interests in New Age studies. I’m too old for sleeping on the ground, although I used to enjoy cuddling up on Mama Earth. I do still love to get into the woods and out in the countryside where I can see the stars at night and hang out around camp fires discussing wyrd stuff until late. There is hiking and swimming, but last year, it was mostly trying to stay cool, as the temp was over 100 for most of the time we were there.
I’ve read a lot of history and archaeology over the years, but these days am reading books such as “Humanimal” by geneticist Adam Rutherford and “The Hidden Life Of Trees”by forester Peter Wohlleben, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I’m also an ardent S/F fan. Anything by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, etc.
2. Work in Progress?
Zauberkraft Green should be the last in my series about the generational adventures of an Austrian aristocratic family who attract all sorts of challenging supernatural attention. Zauberkraft Green concerns a young teen member of the family who is “cursed”(as she often views it) with the ability to see auras and other worldly realities more mundane folk do not. My heroine’s voice comes and goes—so sometimes the process stalls. I hope she’ll spill the beans – the rest of her story – soon.
3. Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
My Mother encouraged me when I was young. Then, as I got older, her advice changed from the aspirational to a plain “get married.” She wrote for local newspapers back in the day, as did one of my aunts, so the sight of women working at typewriters was not strange to me.
4. Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Maybe back to poetry, which is where I started. Or, possibly, dead. You know the I don’t even buy green bananas joke…
5. What are you working on now?
Zauberkraft Green, but I am having a vague image forming about a story set in the Neolithic, or possibly, the Bronze Age. Viewing Time Team has been egging me on. That, and a hike I took on the Ridgeway in Wiltshire about a decade ago, refuses to let my imagination go.
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A Master Passion is the story of the marriage of our brilliant first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler. It begins with a whirlwind Revolutionary War courtship at Washington’s headquarters. Conflict, however, is built into this marriage.
“...And hence one Master Passion in the breast
Betsy's passion is Alexander. Hamilton adores his wife and children, but, sometimes, he loves America more.