I asked the questions that matter of Julia K. Poulet! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0848NJRL5
Now, we ask…
Welcome, Julia! How did you meet your best friend?
I have two best friends. One of them, whom I have been friends with for like 17 years now, I met at my old orchestra, which is kind of normal. The other one – we met online on a community board, where I used to write fanfiction about my favourite band before fanfiction was as wide spread as it is today. We met in person for the first time, when someone organized a get together for the community members and we both went to that. That was in 2008 and we’re still friends and she’s lately moved to a city close to mine again after we lived pretty far apart for a long time, so now we get to spend lots of time together again.
BFFs! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?
Ha! I’ve got another story for you about that. So, my mum invited friends round and I helped her prepare the food. We came to dessert which was vanilla ice cream and I thought: “Well, vanilla ice cream on its own is rather boring.” So I rummaged around the fridge and found a small plastic bottle with brown liquid in it which looked like chocolate sauce and I decorated the ice cream with it. Turned out it was balsamic vinegar. I was so embarrassed. Funnily, first of all, our guests really liked the weird combination and secondly, two weeks later my mum watched one of these cooking shows and they did the exact same thing!
A disaster gone right! What is one of your favorite quotes?
Roald Dahl (from My Uncle Oswald): “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
I think this really hits the nail on the head. I love it when people are enthusiastic about what they do. Even if it’s something that I personally have never been into nor intend to get into, their passion will make me listen intently and might even make me want to try whatever they love out myself. I have met people who are lukewarm about everything they do and about every aspect of their life and I just can’t handle that type of person. I also think that passion is what keeps us going. There are always so many obstacles ahead and the only way to get past them is perseverance and I don’t believe you can have this perseverance without being passionate, without burning for your thing, whatever it is.
Well-said! Which is your favorite way to dance: with others or alone?
I have done almost all types of dancing at some point in my life, so this is a bit hard, because all of the different styles are cool in their own rights. In the last couple of years, what I have done most was lindy hop and generally swing dancing, but I guess what I enjoy the most is still folk dancing, specifically contra. I am currently organizing an annual festival in Britain and what I am most looking forward to is all the contra dancing that will happen throughout the three days it is taking place.
Time to polish those dancing shoes! Do you sing in the shower?
I don’t, because I sing everywhere else. I actually start singing along to music I like even if it’s played in a shopping mall. I have zero inhibitions about this.
Sing with that white-hot passion! What’s the most marvelous thing you have ever seen with your own eyes?
I went to New Zealand a few years ago and did a Lord of the Rings tour there. It was absolutely magical to walk around Hobbiton (dressed up as a Hobbit) and to stand on top of the hill where Edoras was, but I think my favourite place was “South of Rivendell” (where Boromir teaches the Hobbits to fight with swords). You can only get there with a helicopter and it is to me one of the most magical places on earth.
Sign me up! Which Harry Potter character are you?
I always identified with Hermione when I grew up. I am one of the people who were the same age as the characters when they read the books, the German edition of “Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone” came out, when I was 11. And as a kid, I was Hermione, I was that bookish kid that didn’t have many friends. I never was an extreme teacher’s pet but I just loved studying and learning, so people always assumed I did nothing but revise at home when what I was actually doing was playing music and going dancing and learning how to ride a unicycle.
Nowadays, I think I’d be a mix. I still have some of Hermione’s traits (the know-it-all is quite strong in me) but I think I’m also a bit like Luna, who I perceive as extremely loyal and much cleverer than she comes across. And I hope I am also a little bit like the twins. I walk through life and I see stuff and I am always like “oh how can I make that?” or “oh how can I make this but better?” When I am old, I want to be like Minerva McGonagall, really, I feel like that’s a decent life-goal. I definitely feel like a Gryffindor and have always identified as one. People who don’t know me well always try to tell me I’m a Ravenclaw, but that just never applied.
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