Jules is a British born and educated feature writer now working out of London but has lived abroad for many years namely in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been a regular contributor to The Geneva Times, Red Magazine (UK) , The Telegraph (Weekend), Divinecaroline.com amongst others – see Publications. She also works as a translator (English/French) transcribing documents, brochures and programmes. She thinks her French is excellent although her bi-lingual kids still despair of ever teaching her to say “nouille” correctly.
She began her writing career whilst in Dubai working as a Copywriter/Account Executive for an advertising agency, helping to launch the first shopping mall and making desalination plants sound sexy. She would be proud of this if it didn’t indicate how old she was. She moonlighted (sunlighted?) during those very happy sand-filled years as a reporter for What’s On Dubai and Woman Emirates where she penned articles on fashion, beauty and local events. An article she wrote about saunas was ingeniously entitled Are They More Than Just Hot Air?
Figuring she got lucky she followed her man back to Switzerland where she founded and became Editor of The Book House, an English book mail order company which died a sudden death when Amazon came along and took no hostages. She turned the page and had three children who refuse to stay little and cute and now two of the three munchkins are big and hairy, breaking ranks and running for the exits. The writing is on the wall, as they say.
Below is an account in her own words of how it all started.
“When I was nine years old I won the creative writing competition at school. This was the first time I had ever won anything or had anything read out in class. It was also my first inkling that I was able to draw attention to myself and possibly entertain people with my writing. Only the thing is I made the whole story up. Not one bit of Fossil Hunt! the story I wrote about a day trip with my Dad, was true. It got a bit tricky when I was asked to bring some of the fossils to school. I remember my heart sinking in dread and hopelessly digging amongst the roses and dog bones in our garden. Luckily they soon forgot all about the fossils and me as my fifteen minutes of fame expired.
I grew up and tried out many different ways to earn money which took me to Switzerland to work for the UN and Dubai. In Dubai I found the lack of English writers meant I was sought after and apart from poetic license and a little embellishment, I stuck rigidly to the truth – although Dubai with all the buried treasure under the sand may have been an easier place to unearth some fossils if I had, by chance, found myself in an awkward situation once again.
This site is to herald my return to my love of writing, to keep me out of trouble and to launch myself back onto the world. But if I were you I wouldn’t believe a word of it.”
Please contact Jules through this site if you wish to commission her for writing assignments or translations English/French, French/English.