Juliet is the author of First World War Novel ‘We That are Left’, completed with a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary 2013 and published by Honno Press in February 2014. ‘We That are Left’ is the Welsh Book Council’s Book of the Month for March, and also Waterstones Wales Book of the Month and the National Museums of Wales Book of the month.
Juliet’s previous novel for Honno, ‘ was chosen by the Welsh Books Council as Welsh Book of the Month for May 2012, and the Kindle version became an Amazon top five best seller in August 2013. ‘Eden’s Garden’ is currently a finalist in ‘The People’s Book Prize’ 2014.
Juliet lives in a traditional Welsh cottage halfway between the romantic Isle of Anglesey and the beautiful mountains and ruined castles of Snowdonia.
After studying English at Lancaster University and King’s College, London, Juliet worked in a variety of jobs, from running a craft stall at Covent Garden Market to teaching English.
Juliet began writing seriously about ten years ago, after a severe viral illness left her with debilitating ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for years. Juliet always says that M.E. was the worst, and the best, thing that ever happened to her. On one hand, it sent her from being able to walk up mountains with ease to struggling to do the simplest of everyday tasks for more than a few minutes at a time. But on the other, it forced her to re-evaluate her life and her priorities. And it made her a writer.
She is now well and back to dog walking and working on her beloved garden. As well as novels under her own name, Juliet writes stories and serials for magazines as ‘Heather Pardoe’.
When not writing, Juliet works on local oral history projects, helping older people tell their stories before they are lost forever.
She’s also attempting to go as green as one shamelessly comfort-loving woman can go in an end-of-terrace cottage halfway up a Welsh hillside with as much slate as earth in the garden. And to do it cheaply and in style. It’s the only way to go!