Julie Turner

Class of 2054, fiction, March 1, 2008

Birthdate? 28 June 1964

When did you start writing? Nine years ago

When and what and where did you first get published? In an anthology put out by the Australian Romance Writers Association, my only romance story, a slapstick comedy about 'love overcoming all obstacles' on the slopes of a chaotic ski resort.      

Why do you write? It's fun and challenging, and writing prose has no limitations (compared with writing for commercial TV). I like bringing crazy characters to life; and I like the magic of the creative process, in finding just the right way to communicate a vision. 

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? There's huge freedom for the imagination, though I don't usually write fantasy, this story was an exercise in 'starting and seeing what comes out,' but I had lots of fun with it.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? I'm currently enjoying short stories by Somerset Maugham - he so vividly and expertly brings to life characters and settings from the exotic places he travelled to so long ago. I also love the Gormenghast books; and a great rollicking mock historical tale called Sheherazade by an Australian author a few years ago whose name has escaped me.     

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Have a giggle.

Do you blog? No.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "She danced til the end of her 250 years."

Julie Turner is Australian, has worked as a script editor and writer on many film and television projects, and has had other short stories published, but this is her first sortie into sci-fi. She sometimes performs with a comedy can can troupe and dabbles in fringe cabaret.