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Julia Hausstätter


First Language(s): German
Second Language(s): English, Italian


Born on the hottest day of the year 1997 in Salzburg, I then grew up in beautiful Carinthia. There, I graduated from school with a focus on economy and simultaneously decided not to focus on that and instead to start studying English and American Studies at the University of Graz and (hopefully) aim for a more creative career.


What was your favorite book as a child?

As a very small kid one of my favorite things was reading “Guess How Much I Love You” with my mom before going to bed. I know, cheesy but cute. When I got older, I borrowed a book from my great-grandma, called “The Cat that came in from the cold” by Deric Longden and I just adored it. It’s filled with so much kindness, fun and charm it just warms your heart reading it. It’s an easy read with a deep story and written in such a beautiful way one can only aspire to achieve.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I honestly can’t remember one specific reason or one particular motivation for starting, it just has always kind of been a part of my life. Talking about things that bother me or that I deal with is not necessarily my strong suit and writing has always been a big help in working things out with myself and getting a different perspective. It’s also just a lot of fun.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

When I was 18, I wanted to go visit London but none of my friends could come with me, so I just went by myself. It’s not overly dramatic or thrilling but traveling somewhere completely on my own was quite the adventure for me and my chaotic self. Other thrilling things I’ve done in my life would be my skydive from 4.000 meters and being stranded on the side of a road with clouds of smoke coming out from under the hood of the car. Sometimes I also just put milk that’s been open for a while into my coffee without checking if it’s still good – I truly am a risk taker.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I never do, especially while reading I tend to just zone out completely. I’m in my own little bubble, letting the story play out in my head. If I write, however, and feel like having some music on, it has to be instrumental only. If the music has lyrics in it, I will at some point mess up and start typing the song’s lyrics instead of my own. So, movie soundtracks or old classical music are usually my go-to choice.


Short Story
The Theatre
Issue Fall '19

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz