Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors. I stared reading her novels a dozen years ago, starting with her first novel Daughter of the Forest. Now she has over twenty novels in print.
Here is a part of her bio from her shiny new web-site that launched today. (Every few years, as she gets more popular, her web-site gets reworked.)
Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – but now lives in Western Australia. Juliet’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 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.
The reason why Juliet is influential to me is because of the way she writes setting and imagery. As her bio states, she is a member of the druid order. I added the link to druidry.org because their mission statement comes alive in her writing. I have written about setting before on my blog, including this post. Setting and descriptions are crucial to me. Some readers and authors alike get impatient with flowery descriptions and details. Not me. I’ve been a long time Tolkien fan and never once thought his descriptions go too long. (okay, maybe once :)) But my point is that I love nature and therefore I love when a setting inhales and exhales like a main character.
I encourage you to read some, or all, of her books if you are a fan of fantasy, mythology, fairy tales, romance, and history.
Some of my favorite books of hers are:
Son of Shadows (my favorite) Book Two in Sevenwaters series.
So there you have it. Someday I’d love to visit her in Australia and then hop over to her homeland New Zealand and go on a Lord of the Rings tour. Two of my favorite authors in one trip! Wouldn’t that be grand!
Anyone else a fan of Juliet Marillier or who are some of your influential authors? I’d love to hear.
-Happy writing and reading