Speculative fiction
Five Questions for Juliet Kemp

Five Questions for Juliet Kemp

Author of “Time, the Ever-Rolling Stream” (Soft Science Fiction)


How long have you been writing? Do you write genres other than speculative fiction?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, although I stopped writing fiction for 15 years or so between my early teens and my late 20s. I’ve been writing more seriously for maybe 7 or 8 years now. I only write speculative fiction of one sort of another.

What are some of your literary influences?

I enjoy a lot of different writers but I’m not sure I’d exactly count any of them as influences.

What’s on your to-be-read list right now?

A big stack of books from the Verso New Year’s Eve sale (so lots of feminist/radical thought and historical non-fiction). Dreadnought by April Daniels (trans YA superhero adventure). A Matter of Oaths by Helen S Wright. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. And I’ve just finished Girl Reporter by Tansy Rayner Reynolds.

Are there themes that you find recurring in your work?

People thinking about or finding who they are. Alternatives to the way we currently run society. I’m also a big fan of “things hidden beneath the surface of the normal world”-type speculative fiction.

What is your typical writing process? Outline or seat-of-the-pants? A quiet room or a lively café? Music and coffee or tea and silence?

I used to be a seat-of-the-pants writer, but I’ve learnt that that leads to lots and lots of very slow editing. As I strongly prefer first draft writing to editing, I’m trying to outline more these days in the hope that editing will be a bit less “rewrite everything from scratch and why the hell doesn’t this have an ending??” I like solitude but I find music helps me focus. Generally music without words (so as not to confuse the words in my head) but some music with words works too.

You can read Juliet Kemp’s story in Metaphorosis Magazine, “Scraps,” for free online.

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Twitter: @julietk

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