Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Historical Writers' Blog Tour/About me

This invitation to blog comes from historical writer and archeologist, Louise Turner @

Juliet Waldron has lived in many US states, in the UK and the West Indies. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after her sons left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for her readers. She’s a grandmother, a cat person, and a dedicated student of history and archeology.


1. What am I working on?

Black Magic, a fantasy/historical with a were-creature. This is a sequel to Red Magic, which is set in the Austrian alps.  By the time I finish, I fear the fad for shape shifters will be “so over”! The other “in-the-drawer” is set in ancient Egypt, and will require an enormous amount of research. As soon as I can clear the decks…


2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I feel that I’m a bit more “bloody minded” than many other women who write in the historical genre. I work hard to create characters that speak and behave as if they genuinely are alive in the period. For instance, 18th Century men were, for the most part, what we’d today call sexist.


3. Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always had a sense I was living in the wrong era. From earliest childhood I’ve been fascinated by the past. Certain historical characters have taken over my imagination to such an extent that I’ve devoted—in some cases—years to researching them.


4. How does my writing process work?

The character comes first for me, although I prefer to drape my fiction around actual historical personages or events. One of my first novels, My Mozart, was something of a channeling experience, a far easier route than my normal method, which involves “playing with the dolls” until they begin to walk and talk on their own.

 Find more about my historical (emphasis upon "historical") novels at:


And from here--go forward to find out all about talented authors, Victoria Chatham and Diane Bator:

Victoria Chatham’s very first attempts at writing, in crayon on a wall, were not appreciated but she progressed to writing proper words in pencil in scrappy exercise books. Teen years, marriage, motherhood, moving and work took precedence over her writing. Prompted by her late husband to enter a short story writing competition, she took up the challenge and never looked back. Now happily retired, writing is her full time occupation.

Diane Bator is an avid hiker, Reiki Master, and martial artist, who loves to make a mess in the kitchen and put in the garden. Joining a writing group was the catalyst for coming out of the creative closet and writing her first murder mystery series, Wild Blue Mysteries. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, three kids, and a cat who thinks he's a Husky.

Amazon profile:

The Bookstore Lady:

The Mystery Lady:


Where to find me: 




Ann Herrick said...

I'm always impressed with how much research must go into writing historical novels!

Kathy Fischer-Brown said...

I can relate to the "channeling" experience. It's an indescribable sensation. Too bad it doesn't happen more often.

Sydell Voeller said...

Juliet, as always, I love your writing. I also enjoy your "throw-back'" photo. If we'd grown up in the same town, I think would have enjoyed hanging out with you back then.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Juliet,
Great post. I can relate to feeling as if I should have been born in a bygone era.



Ginger Jones Simpson said...

I relate to the comment about living in another time. I've often thought I must have been a Lakota Woman because I have such a fascination with them. Like that you shared your spotlight with other authors. How nice of you.

Does channeling your character have anything to do with them totally taking over your brain and making you tell their story?

Roseanne Dowell said...

I think I lived in the Victorian era. My dream was to own a Queen Anne Victorian. It wasn't to be, but they still fascinate me. I'm sure I was the mean old nanny and not the Lady of the house. Although many of my books are set in Victorian houses (usually Queen Anne) I don't write about that era. Too much research for me. I enjoyed your interview.

Juliet Waldron said...

Thanks so much ladies--both those who commented--and those who tried.

Yes--throw-back photo--whatta great description! If I went bra-less these days, they'd call the cops.