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Interview with Juliasari

Juliasari is a passionate, young soul with Indonesian roots, Chinese blood, and an American life of free love and adventure. She is a new author to Lush, however has already submitted 6 stories with an impressive average score of 4.7.

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Literary

Favourite author(s)
Bret Easton Ellis captures the often empty experience of being a young adult pretty well. I also love Tom Perotta, whose books you may know from the movies Election and Little Children...lots of good ol'fashioned American family and relationship dysfunction. In nonfiction, I love Chuck Klosterman, David Foster Wallace (RIP...sniff....), and Malcolm Gladwell. All three are razor-sharp observers of our culture.

Favourite book(s)
Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections is probably my favorite right now, a devastatingly entertaining portrait of a family with grown children. One day they'll make a movie, and it may be great, but will never do justice to the literature.

The book that changed my life
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Read it in high school, and it helped shape the way I look at the world and how people operate in it. Many of it's ideals are being severely tested right now, however.

What are you currently reading
Midnight in Sicily, by Peter Robb. It's about the culture of Sicily and Southern Italy, including Mafia, Food, and Art....fascinating, but I've had a thing for Italy (and Italians!) ever since I lived there for 6 months in college.

I'm inspired by...
Anyone with a passion. Most people weren't born good at whatever they love to do. They had to love it first, then their abilities caught up.

I started writing because...
I never stopped. I kept a diary file starting at 10 or 11, and have always enjoyed putting 'pen to paper', so to speak.

Aside from writing, what occupies your time
Work, shopping, going out for drinks with friends, lovers, or both, and quiet time either painting, drawing, cooking, reading, or writing.

Erotic

How did you get in to writing erotica?
I saw Lushstories and got inspired by what I read, but also, I've had a lot of vivid sexual experiences, and wanted to write about them, as faithfully as possible. The process of seeing it again, in my mind and on the screen, was exciting and intoxicating. Also, eventually, I'll get old and forget...now I'll have a record of my own naughty behavior!

What's your favourite writing genre and why
Straight sex, because I've had the most experience with it. I love the idea of writing about lesbian sex, but I find it more difficult to convey the emotions involved. I experience it very differently from sex with men.

Where do you get your creative juice/story ideas from?
That's evolving. I have a backlog of personal experiences, but I've also had a dream that I made into a story, and then I just created one that came to me in my head one day.

What are your turn-ons?
The heat of a muscular, fit man against my body, the soft touch of a woman, showers (and all kinds of water actually), a lover passing the barrier into my body after a long, teasing anticipation, warm comforters in a cool room, dancing, a quick wit, sensitivity when I need it and attitude when I don't.

What are your turn-offs?
Guys who feel like it's a foregone conclusion that I want to fuck them, or even spend time with them....if you want a sure thing, go pay for it!

General

Music I frequently listen to
Alt/pop, electronica, and straight ahead rock, whether modern or classic, as long as it's good.

My favourite work of art is
Michelangelo's Pieta, along the north wall of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (well, Vatican actually). I went to see it at least once a week when I lived there, and never once failed to cry from the sheer power of the sculpture.

Favorite Movies
Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, GoodFellas, When Harry Met Sally, The Big Lebowski, Lost in Translation.

Which websites do you regularly visit
Lushstories, Defamer, Metacritic, Pandora, The New Republic, Salon, Politico, The Atlantic, The Economist, Pitchfork, IMDB, McSweeneys

What would be a perfect weekend for you
Doing something my lover is passionate about (maybe a sporting event or a hiking or boating outing), then something I'm passionate about (perhaps a concert or a visit to a museum), a gourmet meal that we make together, then thunderous sex as a release from all the day's passion for our own loves and our desire for each other.

Ideal holiday destination
Rome or Paris at Christmas.

At home I cook
Lots and lots of asian foods, mostly fish, chicken, and beef dishes that my mom passed down to me. Indonesian and Southeast Asian recipes, mostly, but I also love Japanese methods of fish and tempura preparation.

The hardest thing I've ever done was
Truly open my heart and allow myself to be vulnerable to others...thus I don't do it often.

Most surprising thing people could find out about you
That I paint and sketch almost every day, if only for a few minutes. Most people are shocked...but I'm not sure why....

I don't like talking about...
Nothing? I'm a chatterbox, and I'm not easily embarassed or offended. Conversation is very entertaining and educational to me.

What I find amusing is
An ironic, sardonic wit, a silly action followed by a bashful smile, people who feel like they can't say what's on their mind, when I'm there to her what they have to say.

What I don't find amusing is
Stereotypes (ok, sometimes they're funny), passive-aggression, bad jokes at work that I'm expected to laugh at anyway.

If I wasn't me I'd like to be
My best friend Jasmine. She's smart, gorgeous, gets to do interior design for a living and is an art dealer as well. Plus, I'd be best friends with me!

I often wonder...
How I'll change as the years go by, and how different my family will be in 30 years. Thirty years ago, no one in either side of my family, mother or father, had ever gone to college or lived anywhere except for China and Indonesia. Now, my sister and I both live in the US, and my father has a Ph.D. We're like a micro-cosm of the advancing world.




Thanks Juliasari for you time. We thoroughly recommend you have a read of Juliasari's work.