Juliet Jacka was born in Wellington. She spent her university years in Dunedin, and then headed to Canada and the United Kingdom. She is now back in New Zealand living in one of Wellington’s hilly suburbs in a red house by a railway line with her husband and two young girls.
Juliet started writing junior fiction stories when she was on maternity leave with her first daughter (who was luckily a good sleeper). She had wanted to write for years, in large part inspired by her love of Margaret Mahy
’s young adult books. Escaping the call of writing would have been hard, as she comes from a family of bookworms and crossword fanatics.
Juliet now juggles writing with work and family life. She has a BA in English and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.
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