Julie Janson







Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

Madukka the River Serpent is my fourth novel. I am an established Aboriginal playwright, poet and novelist. I write crime and historical novels. My recent historical novel Benevolence published by Harper Via in USA and UK 2022.


What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Madukka the River Serpent is an Indigenous crime novel set in outback Australia. Aunty June is an Aboriginal private investigator. “Julie Janson’s crime thriller does so much more than solve a murder: it tackles water rights, Aboriginal disadvantage, racism, environmental vandalism and massacres as they appear in the everyday experience and conversations of First Nations people. Raw, visceral, rude and tough – it’s the new perspective on Australian noir that we’ve been waiting for.” – Jock Serong “Step aside Jay Swan. In a first in Australian crime fiction, meet June – the Murri investigator tracking water theft who instead exposes murder.” – Daniel Browning.


Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I write early in the morning as the sun rises. I like to walk in the bush and on the beach to find new ideas for my novels and poetry.


What authors, or books have influenced you?

Nardi Simpson “The Song of the Crocodile” Jock Serong “The Burning Island” Xavier Herbert “Poor Fellow my Country”


What are you working on now?

“Compassion” an historical novel about the early days of Aboriginal resistance in the Sydney region – sequel to my award winning novel “Benevolence”.


What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Facebook, twitter , instagram


Which Websites you like most to promote your book

http://Www.readings.com.au – collections – new-Australian

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Never give up. Self publish if rejected, study many writing courses, attend writers festivals, read your genre


What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Write every day


What are you reading now?

Jock Serong’s “The Settlement “


What’s next for you as a writer?

Finish writing “Compassion”. Look after my grandchildren,


If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

The complete works of Shakespeare. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,, Kevin Gilbert’s poetry


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