Meet the Members: Julia Aziz

“I see myself being bolder in my writing in the future and starting to incorporate other people’s stories into my blog as well.”

— Julia Aziz

A member of the Writers’ League since September 2018, Julia lives in Austin, TX.

Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?

Julia Aziz: Creative nonfiction, self-help and memoir.

Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?

JA: I had a hard time with this question because I am pretty fascinated by most people, so I’d be happy to get to know pretty much anyone! Off the top of my head today, I think it would be fun to talk with Clarissa Pinkola Estes about her ideas on reclaiming the wildness within.

Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?

JA: The Tao Te Ching.

Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?

JA: It’s great to see so many resources and ways to connect with other local writers.

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

JA: That’s a good question. I think my next step is to take the risk of being more vulnerable and to share my writing more frequently. Working on a book was in some ways easier because I could write for months (and years!) without anyone reading it. I didn’t have to face the self-doubt and self-consciousness until the book was in its final stages of editing. But with the blog I just started, those demons are hanging out all the time. I see myself being bolder in my writing in the future and starting to incorporate other people’s stories into my blog as well. As for book writing, after writing a book about birth, I am now drawn to writing a book about death and dying. I am a former hospice chaplain, and I would love to share some of the beautiful teachings that experience offered me. That book may take a while though, as right now I am focused on working with women struggling with self-care in my private counseling practice, leading integrative wellness groups in the community, and raising three kids!

Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?

JA: I love to read the poetry of Laurie Filipelli. Her latest book is Girl Paper Stone.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion! 

JA: I’d love to share my website, where you can find my new blog, my book Lessons of Labor: One Woman’s Self-Discovery Through Birth & Motherhood (MSI Press: 2015) and details about my counseling practice in Austin. The address is www.juliaaziz.com

Thank you, Julia!

If you’re a Writers’ League member and you’d be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at member@writersleague.org for more information. It’s a great way for other members to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you’re working on!

One thought on “Meet the Members: Julia Aziz

  1. Julia, we have almost too much in common. Love the Tao Te Ching, and Clarissa. Would love to meet for coffee sometime and talk about your work and about the birth and dying process. (I rock NICU babies at an Austin hospital and am on the verge of beginning a death doula program.) Find me on Facebook!

    My blog is https://budobaby.wordpress.com/.

    Hope to meet you soon!

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