And today's featured author is...
After a career that took her from teaching English in Chad and Japan to coordinating university study abroad and exchange programs, Julie chucked it in and moved with her husband to New Zealand. For nearly two years they worked together in Waipara Valley vineyards. Returning to their native Washington state in 2008, they settled in Seattle. Julie now works as a wine specialist for a natural foods retailer. She is currently pursuing a non-residency writing program, training for her second triathlon, and dreams of making goat cheese in the garrigue of southwestern France. You can also find her blogging at Chalk the Sun.
What genres do you write?
Contemporary fiction, personal essay.
What are you currently writing? Sum it up in 10 words or less.
A short story collection in which place informs character development.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I sell beautiful wines and tantalizing beers; run, bike, swim; read until my head throbs.
What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
To craft moving, imaginative, personal stories that will be read by someone other than my writing mentor-teacher.
How close are you to achieving this goal?
This is a thrill of firsts: my first submitted work and the first to be published. Every day I show up at the page is another step forward in my writing life.
What is the single most important piece of advice you can give a fellow writer?
Allow the story to lead and be prepared to follow with your words.