Julie started writing short stories and taking classes as a hobby in her early 20’s, never dreaming what the future held. She finally got up the nerve to begin submitting her work and was thrilled beyond words when her first short story written for teens was sold in 1990.
Since that time, Julie’s written three books, including two young adult novels, Time To Cast Away and Just Call Me Goody-Two-Shoes, and a non-fiction book she co-authored, Residential Steel Design and Construction, which was published by the prestigious publishing company, McGraw Hill.
In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines as well as on numerous websites. Julie won three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and her blog, Baby Boomer Bliss, recently was recognized as one of the top 75 baby boomer blogs on the web. (See List of Publications for more details.)
She is currently editing a book to be released next year tentatively titled, “I’m Your Daughter, Julie,” which shares the powerful and poignant story of caring for her mother who had Lewy Body dementia, a cruel combination of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, along with tips for those caring for a parent with dementia.
Julie lives in southern California with her husband of 39 years, Scott, and has two grown sons and three grandchildren – with another one on the way!
In addition to writing, Julie is passionate about sailing and traveling, and loves adventure. She has been fortunate to walk the Great Wall in China, white water raft on a 5-plus rated river in New Zealand, ride a boat under a raging waterfall in Brazil, pet a koala in Australia, experience the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, swim with the dolphins in the Keys, and scuba dive in the Cayman Islands.