MoA&A Interview #19: Juliette Wade

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features  one of those really good friends that I knew online long before I met her in person…but we remedied that when she came to DC to visit a few weeks ago. In one single extended lunch with our mutual friend Jamie Todd Rubin, Juliette made me a fan of all her work, published and unpublished. Her passion made me yearn to get lost in a novel again…which is what I’m doing this month instead of trying to blog every day.

Thank you, Juliette, for being both a fabulous author AND an enabler! xox


Author or Artist?
I am an author.

Who are your professional role models?
In terms of the writing I aspire to emulate, I’d say Ursula LeGuin is my first choice. I also love the poetic language of Patricia McKillip. As far as practical advice and mentoring, my role model is my friend Deborah Ross.

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
I write whenever I can squeeze in any time. Honestly, I’ve never noticed a particular weather to be most writerly.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
I don’t have such a randomized device! But most recently I have been listening to “Love Shack” by the B-52’s.

If you could win any award, which would it be?
I would love to win a Nebula someday.

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Magical powers. I’d be worried, if I had a spaceship, that I wouldn’t know where to go and couldn’t find anything I’d relate to if I went there. Magic I’d know I’d be able to put to use immediately. 🙂

What was your favorite book as a child?
It’s hard to pick just one, but I absolutely adored The Wind in the Willows.

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
I’d tell myself that by the end of fifth grade I would love math.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Orion, especially since you can see him right-side-up where I’m from, and upside-down where my husband is from!

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
The Water of Life, from The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle – because the king asks his faithful servant to do all the tasks, and in the end the princess has the sense to marry the servant!

What thing are you most proud of?
In my overall life, I’m most proud of my children and the wonderful people they are becoming. In my writing life, I’m most proud of my appearance on the cover of Analog with art by Michael Whelan. That was something I never dreamed of when I got into this.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
I’m one of those people who doesn’t have a Bucket List, but I do have things I’d like to do! I’d like to study more languages – live in France for a while – and have success with my novels!


Juliette Wade is an author of science fiction and fantasy who loves language and its cultural consequences. Her fiction appears in Analog and other short fiction magazines. She has degrees in Linguistics, Anthropology and Japanese. You can find Juliette online at her TalkToYoUniverse blog, or at