Julia McDermott is an award-winning nonfiction author, short story writer, ghostwriter, and multi-genre novelist. A native of Texas, Julia grew up in Atlanta, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a fluent French speaker. The mother of four (including a set of twins), she has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Northside Neighbor newspapers, VoyageATL, the Carolina Review, and Atlanta magazines Simply Buckhead and Northside Woman. She is a regular contributor to Mezza Reviews, named one of the top blogs for women over 50Julia lives in northeastern Florida and she loves reading, football, the UNC Tar Heels, most kinds of art and all things French.

Creative Nonfiction


Your whole world can change in a day…

The true story of a mom’s emotional struggle when her youngest son is diagnosed with a brain tumor that changes his life, and hers. 

Listen to this two minute soundbite of the author describing Jack’s journey.

“…a testament to a parent’s love, to the mother-son relationship, to a human’s ability to stand up to unimaginable challenges…”

“Between the first and last pages of this stirring true story lie the answers of how to walk with grace through one of life’s darkest traumas, be guided by a courage outside of yourself, and emerge whole…”

  • A Top 20 Kindle Bestseller
  • Finalist, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Award – Memoir

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“…full of hope, reality, grace,and perseverance.”

“As I read…I realized that I am not alone and that my feelings, fears and hopes are not unique or strange. Only those who have walked this road can truly understand this cruel and brutal illness called cancer. Cancer, like a cruel master, forces you to stand up and keep walking when all you want to do is to stay down and hide.”

Short Story

Where no one breathes a word about the town’s darkest secret…

cover-omara-down-river-300x450pxJulia’s short story, The Riverfest, set in Wichita, Kansas, is included in this crime fiction anthology published by Down & Out Books in April 2019.

“The Arkansas River (‘pronounced ar-Kan-sas’) beckons to the narrator of Julia McDermott’s ‘The Riverfest.'” – Publishers Weekly

“DOWN TO THE RIVER collects 20 crime stories written by some of the best in the business, and they all take place on, or near, American rivers. Rivers, it seems, are not simply sources of life—they prove to be scenes of revenge and murder in these stories.” – Austin Camacho, The Big Thrill

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Domestic Psychological Suspense


Cash-poor, property-rich, and out for blood…

To what lengths will a wealthy woman go to keep her lifestyle when her father dies? Possibly murder.

  • Nominee, 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award – Detective/Mystery

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“McDermott does a wonderful job of setting the scene in the cutthroat startup industry…Atlanta is given a little bit more magic in these pages.”


DIVE INTO a renovation from hell…

A page-turning suspense novel about the forces of greed, shame, and sorrow as a family struggles and sinks deep UNDERWATER…

  • Nominee, 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award – Detective/Mystery
  • Nominee, 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award – Best Novel

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“…a complicated tale with lots of twists and turns. Characters are well developed and believable. I think I know these people!”

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Before there was “Emily in Paris,”

there was “Jenny in the South of France,” and her priorities were entirely different…

It’s 1979. Jenny Miles leaves her college boyfriend behind to spend a year studying in the south of France, AND to figure out whether he’s “The One.”

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“Wish I was in Europe right now in a cafe with girlfriends!”


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