I was born in England but grew up in Brazil. Now I live in Connecticut, USA and write science fiction and fantasy. I watch way too many TV shows and love to get lost in a good book. My dream is to move to Narnia when I grow up. Or possibly Middle-Earth, if I’m allowed a very small dragon of my own.
You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and at jspinkmills.tumblr.com and bladehunt.tumblr.com. I also write author interviews for SFF World. I’ve been known to show up at the forums on SFF World and SFF Chronicles.
The official no-fun-no-dragons bio:
Juliana was born in London, England, but moved to São Paulo, Brazil at the age of eight. She grew up bilingual and bicultural. She studied Social Science at the University of São Paulo for two years before moving to London to complete a degree in Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster. Back in Brazil, Juliana worked for a year as Cultural Assistant at the Cultura Inglesa language school. She then spent four years at the Fundação Getulio Vargas business school working for the Public Management and Citizenship Program, an initiative in partnership with the Ford Foundation that studied local government innovations in a variety of areas such as health, citizenship, and education.
Since 2002, when her first child was born, Juliana has worked as an English-Portuguese translator. She has translated a number of art and travel books, besides academic articles and a wide range of other materials.
In 2012, Juliana rekindled an old passion for writing, focusing on middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy. She is the author of the Blade Hunt Chronicles (Heart Blade – Woodbridge Press, February 2017 and Night Blade, out Fall 2017), as well as a number of short stories. She has lived in Connecticut, USA since 2013 with her husband, and two children.
Juliana is a member of SCBWI and NESFA. She is a contributor at SFFWorld.com, where she writes author interviews. She helps run regular SF/F round table discussions at her local library (Avon Public Library’s F.A.N. Club), and organizes bi-monthly local writer meet-ups for the Farmington Valley area of Connecticut.
Five weirdly random things about me:
I began longsword lessons as research for my Blade Hunt series. I only meant to go for one session. I’m still there. Historical fencing is awesome! #HEMA
I once met the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II. She was very sweet. I have a photograph of teen me in a hideous 80s floral dress with mahoosive shoulder pads, standing between the Queen and her husband, Prince Henrik.
For my 40th birthday I dragged my husband and kids on a caving holiday. One cave had a tiny tunnel entrance we had to crawl through to reach an underground whirlpool like a witch’s cauldron. In another cave, we waded along a vast underground river that reached up to our chests.
In my early 20s I travelled 13,000 kilometers with a group of friends to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, and back to São Paulo, Brazil. Along the way we saw penguins, glaciers, crossed the Strait of Magellan, and crashed the car in the middle of a desert. I’ll never forget the sunset in Torres del Paine!
I own a small chunk of the Berlin Wall. I was a 17-year-old exchange student living in Denmark at the time the Wall fell. We visited Berlin a month later, and I cut out a piece with a chisel borrowed from a young American preacher with an armful of bibles.