Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women - she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama... or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small park that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word.
Because of Julie's early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger's Tale - her high school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. "Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for something to stretch my intellectual capabilities," she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. "I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read for an entire day."
It wasn't until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. "Thankfully, my husband - my own personal hero - encouraged my decision to write full time."
Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with her husband of thirteen years and her fat, happy Labrador Retriever named Cooper. When Julie isn't writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and... reading, of course!