Hello, I’m Julie.
I’m a civil servant by day, and a writer by night (like a less heroic, non-bodysuit-wearing version of Batman).
I’ve written a Middle Grade fantasy adventure called The Prophecy Tree, for which I’m currently seeking a publisher, and I’m working on a second novel – an as-yet-untitled Middle Grade ghost story. Recently, I also completed a challenge to write a piece of micro fiction every day for a month – you can read more about the idea behind this under Polaroid Prose and, should you be so inclined, you can read some of the stories themselves in my blog posts.
Oh, and I’m based in Belfast. Which is a great place to live most of the time.
Some more stuff about me (for the bored or curious among you):
I love books, movies and cats. And you – if you love those things too.
I’ve worked as a PA to a PA, an arts officer and an editor.
I spent three years working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I still know very little about sport. But it was an amazing ride.
I practiced mindfulness meditation before it was cool (or annoying – depending on your point of view).
I was forcibly introduced to Twin Peaks at the age of 15 and have been a David Lynch enthusiast ever since. Hello-ooo-ooo!
I have been called a Grammar Nazi.
I boycott zoos and water parks, but am a hopeless carnivore. Nobody’s perfect.
I wrote my first ‘book’ when I was 11. It was called ‘Second Form at Harmony Heights’ and was definitely not a rip-off of Enid Blyton’s boarding-school books. Which are awesome, by the way.
New York is my favourite city in the world, although I have a real soft spot for London.
My pet hate is people misbehaving in the cinema. And by misbehaving I mean doing anything that isn’t sitting quietly and watching the movie (see the Wittertainment Code of Conduct). In fact, if I was in charge, there would be no popcorn in cinemas, so it’s probably just as well that I’m not in charge.
I have chronic migraine.
I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer is probably the best TV show ever and Joss Whedon is a genius. Other opinions are available.*
*They would be wrong, but they are available.