A life with books. That is what Julia has always wanted. Some people encouraged her; others didn’t think it was a great idea. While still at school, she worked in a bookshop, then went on to study the various aspects of books – literature, translation, publishing – in Stuttgart, Munich and Galway, Ireland.
After two years working for a German publisher she decided to pack her bags for Ireland again and spent four years in her beloved Galway completing a PhD in book history (with a little long-distance course in children’s book illustration on the side).
In 2010 she moved back to her hometown near Stuttgart and now lives in an attic apartment –the place traditionally favoured by slightly mad women, of course – where all available wall space is covered with bookshelves. Every morning she sits down in front of her computer and translates English-language novels into German. One day, however, while spending some creative time her small studio corner, she suddenly realised what she really wanted to do: write and illustrate her own books.
So she took up her abandoned studies at art college again, became a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is now working on her portfolio as well as on several story ideas whenever she has an hour to spare. And until she finally gets the dog she’s always been dreaming of, she’ll stick with Paul Klee’s simile: drawing is taking a line for a walk…