Interview with Juliette Power

What's the story behind your latest book?
My mother told me that I had an angel before she died. Yet, I never expected an angel to materialize.
Your mother committed suicide when you were young. How did that event shape your life?
The short time I had growing up with my mother became even more graphic and poignant to me, I guess. Memories of her and what she said and believed became more precious. Mother told me I had an angel. I didn’t believe, I knew.
Why did you choose to trek Mount Everest?
I was showing off! And I’d like to think I bonded with Bonnie; you might have to ask her about that. Although I was fit from working with a personal trainer for a year, and the weight-loss from a makeover I’d won, it was still challenging. The lack of oxygen sent me a bit delirious. There were some strange happenings up there that I can’t fully explain. Yet, trekking Nepal was epic.
What was so life-changing about trekking Everest that made you want to write about it?
Everyone is searching for connections and answers. Many people’s lives become like the movie, Groundhog Day. We repeat the same ingrained patterns over and over, often without realising it—work, study, racing out for bread and milk, raising our families, sitting in traffic tapping the steering wheel, wishing we were somewhere, anywhere, else.
What we truly desire, even if it’s unknown, seems perpetually out of reach. Climbing day after day with a Nepalese guide high in the Himalaya, high above the clouds, unravelled me. I forgot the time, the day, and anything that I needed to do apart from just put one foot in front of the other, and push against the mountain when a herd of yak passed us.
I also came to see those around me, like our guide Pratap, as what I call Earth Angels. Pratap helped me get through my darkest moments and survive.
Death is the last frontier. When you hike the same trails and cross the same swaying, high-wire bridges as legends like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay—when you attempt something you’ve only seen on the telly, something so ambitious, so outrageous it could kill you—that’s when you know you’re living. It’s like, the more you risk your life, the more the universe has waiting for you.
Have you always believed in heaven and angels?
Yes. I attended Sunday school. Mum had us Christened before she died, and my children have been Christened also.
Knowing I had an angel has helped me. It’s given me great comfort throughout my life. My memoir is the story behind my angel photo, and what led to that one sacred moment in time
Did you always aspire to be a writer?
Hell, no. Unlike other writers, I never dreamed of becoming an author. But I’ve always kept a journal and I love reading. Everest was the catalyst. Climbing on our own with a porter and guide was my idea. Everyone warned me that we should go with a group. I didn’t listen. People think all the drama happens above base camp—they’re wrong. Trekking towards the top of the world with my daughter Bonnie literally changed my life. Gasping for air in the most dangerous place on earth forced me to examine everything, and face my biggest fears.
How did you come up with the title, Juliette's Angel: Death Desire Destiny?
The book was initially called Pushing against the Moon. I’d spent my whole life sending my wishes to the sky. Freakily, many came true. Eventually, on Everest, I learnt to accept what is, and I learnt that there’s no point pushing against the moon. I wasn’t searching for a great ending—I thought I already had one. But then the angel appeared, and everything changed.
How does travel add to your life?
For me, travelling is breathing. We’re so dominated by technology these days with devices glued to our fists. I prefer to step outside and look up. You’d be surprised. Whether it’s trekking Nepal, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, dodging spewing volcanoes, or marvelling at the mystical Northern Lights, planet earth astounds me. You could travel every day of your life and still not experience it all. When you travel too, especially when things get hard, you connect more deeply with those you’re with.
What are you working on next?
With Juliette's Angel completed I am working on the next book in Juliette's World Memoir Trilogy, CASTAWAY Great Barrier Reef.

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When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not on an island or a mountain, I'm online talking to you!
Published 2016-10-19.
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Books by This Author

Juliette's Angel
Series: Juliette's World Memoir Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,040. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Decades after her pregnant mother’s suicide, a naïve Australian runaway finally faces her grief on Everest. Led into the Valley of Death by her stoic Sherpa guide, she questions her mother’s fate, her own sanity, and her angel. Defined by Death. Driven by Desire. Drawn to Destiny. A journey powered by grief and blind faith leading to a mystical moment in time: Juliette's Angel.