Children’s author Julie Hodgson , Her
sights set on the children of today, helping
them with the written word. Encouraging through story
telling times at schools and play groups. Her second early
teen novel has just come out and is receiving lots of
Her latest book to be translated into Portuguese is ZodoFF a
superb children’s sci fi novel... Julie takes the reader yet
again on a journey; the earth is in a mess, being destroyed
by the greed and avarice of man, the deforestation of the
trees all over the globe has diminished the animal kingdom
too... The power of 3 will be put to use to help the earth
get back on track.
Julie takes the hand of the child and guides them through
the adventure with Jerry, Frank and Lucy in an easy read
manner as she always caters for this age group with care.
She has often written for expatriate children or children
whom English is a second language.
Julie Hodgson aged 48 now living in Portugal with her
husband John, has travelled extensively all over the world
writing for children. Working on the children’s page of the
Kuwaiti times for about a year. Just before the first Gulf
conflict in 1989. And the story tellers page for the
Dumfries and Galloway standard, and the press and journal
Banff Standard, plus numerous other papers and short story
books to her credit.
She has also been featured twice in the Portuguese newspaper
She now settles for a quieter life and has more time to
write stories, and is in popular demand for storytelling and
has visited many schools in Portugal
She has just put together a book of childrens Poetry called
Rhymes for smiling times, and will be out very soon.
did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life?
Who were your earliest influences and why?
I was born and grew up in the Burton On Trent Staffordshire,
Then the rest of my childhood in a seaside town of Mablethorpe
my family is originated in Scotland.
I was an
avid reader and also wrote stories and poems from a very early
age; my mother and my daughter both write too.
Blyton was my favorite author. I
loved her easy style of writing, she was easy to read and the
stories were proper adventures and not particularly fantasy
stories, so I could put myself in the heroine’s shoes...I
also loved C.S. Lewis and Emily Bronte.
PageOneLit.com: Why do you write?
I write because I have a love for the written word, we can turn
a jumble of words into a fantastic adventure with the tap of a
key board or stroke of a pen…
making stories up, and poems that make children laugh and most
of the time they are made especially to read out loud to
PageoneLit.com: Briefly discuss your new book Juno and The
Windwalker. Who is Juno?
Juno is a young boy, the story set in Stone Age times, very
special young man who is of kind natured and has wisdom far
beyond his years. He is a character that any boy reading it
could be him, Juno learns that creatures he sees in the Plaines
of Durromar can become extinct in a blink of natures eye, he
meets the Windwalker as is given special tasks by him at the
tree of Yggdrasil, which is a special tree that is the time
keeper, Juno will not know this until it is time for him to have
the knowledge. Juno is part of a series, in which they can
follow him as he grows up and moves through time.
PageOneLit.com: What is about the children's genre you enjoy?
I love the way one can write and build on a story that would
hopefully capture the Childs imagination, put them in the
driver’s seat, to make them heroes or heroines. I find the
subject an easy one to write for.
PageOneLit.com: ZodoFF The Power of 3 -- Discuss this sci-fi
adventure for young teens novel and how it is different from
other teen sci-fi books ?
It is so very different from the other stories I have written
and it has two important messages in the story line, one for the
adults and one for the children...3 children are to try and sort
the planet out without the aid of adults, just the Blues Crew
from another planet that have laid in wait for the right
children to come along to help them...In a world of rules and
regulations which stop children playing, health and safety rules
gone and the politicians being war mongrels, makes this a hard
job for these kids. The good thing is though; those 3 children
from every city all over the world would be doing the same
thing. So it’s rather different from other sci fi, as usually
the aliens are out to get everyone, in this story it is far from
that scenario, they actually aid the 3 main characters in the
PageOneLit.com: Discuss your novel Polly Mae.
Polly Mae is a typical Scottish girl of 11; she has parents at
home who love her and has a normal childhood... She finds a
suitcase on a beach, in which the contents of the case takes her
to foreign lands, and beyond. With the help of her father they
extract photos from an old damaged brownie box camera and this
opens a Pandora’sbox
out before her eyes...She learns about the holocaust and gets to
meet one of the victims in the story...The suitcase holds the
key to bringing the present and the horrific tales of the past
PageOneLit.com Discuss The Mothaich.
The Mothaich , Centers around Essalina Harraway who is
eight years old, she has a secret and on her 8thbirthday
the secret becomes known to her. She is guarded by a watcher,
who takes her off on journeys to a realm she had never thought
existed before… Time stands still when she is away and she
visits the most beautiful of places some that inspire her some
that will test her courage. As she faces the evil Bruxa Ja rh
and the Zangada tribes and other strange creatures in this very
different world that the ones she comes from...
is set in a fantasy land, which gives just enough description
for you to add and use your own imagination on what the
characters are like.
PageOneLit.com: You are a multi-published author - What do you
know now as an author that you did not know when you published
your first novel
Julie Hodgson: I know that it’s not easy sailing,
if you wantyour
book "out there" you have to work hard, learn to take criticism
and accept failings when considered necessary and carry on at
all times, never giving up on your dream to see your hard work
in book form.
PageOneLit.com: What do you hope to achieve with your books?
I would really love all children to want to read books,
to understand that they are powerfuland
so very important in our lives. A
book for every child all over the world! Now that would be an
PageOneLit.com: What was the last book you read?
I read The Plantation by Chris Kuzneski
PageOneLit.com: What's next?
on Juno, which will be part of a series, also a few magazine
articles I have been asked to do.
And I am
half way through a grown up story fiction novel, my first!
PageOneLit.com: Do you have any hobbies? What are they? How do
they enhance your writing?
My hobbies are having a jolly good walk in the nature that
surrounds our house in central Portugal, which always clears my
head ready for new stories to come popping through.
I do a
lot of storytelling on local radio. Love reading books, not
romance ones though.
like to visit restaurants trying local Portuguese cuisine.