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Julia Rios

On the Ice Planet, poem, Issue 18, 2012

Julia Rios is a writer, podcaster, and audio narrator. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Fantastique UnfetteredGoblin Fruit, and Reflection's Edge, and her non-fiction work appears regularly in Stone Telling and on the Outer Alliance blog and podcast. She has blue hair and brown eyes, though these things are subject to change without notice. To see more of her work, visit her website at

Get to know Julia...

Birthdate? The 28th of May.
When did you start writing? As early as I knew how to form the letters with my pencil. I still have a book of stories I wrote when I was nine. Sometimes I force house guests to listen to them.
When and what and where did you first get published? In my middle school newspaper in 1990. The first time I made a sale for any kind of payment wasn't until 2005, though. 
What themes do you like to write about? I have always loved to write speculative fiction, it seems. Even when I was nine, all my stories were full of magic and ghosts and shapeshifters and things. 
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I read all over the place. I love classics like Austen and Dickens, and modern works of all genres. As a kid I would read anything in front of me, from cereal boxes to phone books, and everything in between. I can't say there are any specific authors who influence me across the board, but I read a bunch of mid-late twentieth century science fiction as an early adolescent, and I think that's a lot of where the Ice Planet comes from. All the themes presented by authors like Heinlein and Vonnegut and McCaffrey mixed together in my head and turned into something different. 

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