Author Bio

Julie's short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; River Poets Journal, in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and Psychology and a Master’s in International Affairs. Julie leads writing workshops and seminars and offers story/developmental editing and writer coaching services. 

Named a "standout debut" by the Library Journal, "Very highly recommended" by Historical Novels Review and declared "Delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical" by bestselling author Greer Macallister, Julie's debut novel In Another Life went into a second printing three days after its February 2, 2016 release. 

A finalist for The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, judged by PEN/Faulkner author and Man Booker Award nominee Karen Joy Fowler, Julie's second novel The Crows of Beara was acquired by Ashland Creek Press and will take flight on September 15, 2017.

A hiker, yogi, and wine geek, Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state. 

The rest of my story

I'm a native of the Pacific Northwest and I live not far from my childhood home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state. Returning to this place of peace and beauty came after thirty years of adventures elsewhere. After high school and college in central Washington, study and teaching abroad, graduate school, and a career as university study abroad program administrator took me around the world. In 2006, I moved to New Zealand, where I attended culinary school and entered the wine industry. Returning to Seattle 2008, I became a wine buyer, until committing to writing full time in 2013. 

I took my first writing class at the Richard Hugo House, Seattle, in October 2010. Water Child, my first short story, was published in the June 2011 anthology Stories for Sendai. Several short stories followed, and I wrote the first words to my first novel, the novel that would become In Another Life, in July 2012. 

Late Fall 2014, I pitched that novel to an agent and an editor at a writers' conference. On a Friday three weeks later, I signed with a literary agent at 9 a.m. and a publisher at 1 p.m. I'm represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and In Another Life landed in the enthusiastic hands of associate editor Anna Michels of Sourcebooks. 

Photography is among my (very amateur) passions. The photographs featured here are my work—taken either with an iPhone 5 or a Nikon. 

Photo by Al Bergstein

Photo by Al Bergstein

I draw from my experiences living abroad in lands as varied as France, Japan, Chad, and New Zealand to craft stories about characters searching for a sense of self and place. I hope to move readers with fiction that navigates the borders of heart and mind.

My first novel, In Another Life, is inspired by the Cathar Crusade and is set in present day and 13th century France. In Another Life debuted February 2, 2016 and went into a second printing three days after its release. 

A finalist for The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, judged by PEN/Faulkner author and Man Booker Award nominee Karen Joy Fowler, The Crows of Beara is my second novel. It takes place in contemporary Co. Cork, southwest Ireland, and weaves together themes of industry vs. the environment, addiction, creativity, and hill walking. The Crows of Beara was recently acquired by Ashland Creek Press and will take flight September 15, 2017. 

My third novel, Upside-Down Girl, follows the journey of Holly Dawes as she emigrates from Seattle to New Zealand, where she befriends a young Maori girl, and realizes there is more than one way to fulfill her desire to be a mother and more than one way to lose a beloved child. Upside-Down Girl will go on submission Spring 2017.

When I'm not writing, I can be found on running, hiking, and biking trails, at the yoga studio, or opening the next great bottle of wine and planning my next adventure abroad.