Julia McDermott is an award-winning nonfiction author and multi-genre novelist. Her short story is included in a crime stories anthology recently published by Down & Out Books. Julia grew up in Atlanta, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a fluent French speaker active in Atlanta’s French-speaking community. She has been featured in VoyageATL, the Carolina Review, Atlanta magazines Simply Buckhead and Northside Woman, and in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Lately, Julia has been busy writing a psychological thriller about a killer hiding in plain sight in a small Midwestern town. Her other current projects include the screenplay adaptation of her memoir and a gig ghostwriting a nonfiction book for an Atlanta media personality. 

Short Story

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

My Short Story, “The Riverfest,” is included in anthology DOWN TO THE RIVER published by Down & Out Books.cover-omara-down-river-300x450px

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Down to the River is a collection of twenty crimes stories that take place on or near American rivers from some of the strongest voices in crime fiction writing today. As these stories show, rivers are not only sources of life; they can also be scenes of murder and revenge.”


Domestic Psychological Suspense

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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.”

“A huge part of my love for this book stemmed from the narration, the intrigue, the ‘trying to guess the ending’ – I love when an author doesn’t give the ending away too soon, and once again, Julia did NOT disappoint! Easy to read, as well. I couldn’t put it down, and read it in a day and a half!! Thanks, Julia, for the ride – I look forward to more of your work!!”

“I loved the character development and the story line involving a start up…Julia McDermott has a great imagination and can tell a great story. That takes talent.”

Underwater

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…

A successful Atlanta businesswoman’s brother manipulates her into buying a million-plus dollar home that he pledges to gut, renovate, and flip for a quick profit. But his lies surface just as the real estate market crashes, sending tension to a boiling point and plunging the entire familiy into a downward spiral of  deceit, danger, and violence.

  • A Top 10 Kindle Bestseller
  • Nominee, 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award – Detective/Mystery
  • Nominee, 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award – Best Novel

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Published by Thomas & Mercer

“…the story of a good person who naively tries to help a liar, manipulator and swindler…From a quiet beginning, as the evil unfolds, the story crescendos to a climax that’s true to the plot but still unexpected…a good read featuring a despicably evil villain, a story that also provides an inside look into an industry that we all think we know but we really don’t…”

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

“…a hard book to put down! From the very first page, readers will sink deep into the lives of the characters and their dark backgrounds. I found myself fully engrossed as I watched their story unfold…”

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German translation, UNTER WASSER, published by Amazon Crossing:91ouRYbS61L._SL1500_

“Fascinating plot, well written. I read this German version and after about 20 pages was unable to put the book down.”

 

(In German): “Faszinierend, gut geschrieben und gut aus dem englischen uebersetzt. Unbedingt fuenf Sterne!


Creative Nonfiction/Memoir

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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. 

“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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This book is full of hope, reality, grace,and perseverance.
I applaud the author’s courage and stand in awe of the young man with the brain tumor. I STRONGLY recommend this book for anyone who knows anyone with a medical challenge.”

“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.”

“Jack’s reaction to his diagnosis was very similar to my son’s and the book helped me to understand exactly how he felt and the extent of his struggles. Now that I am seeing things from the young adult cancer patient’s perspective, I think I will be better equipped to improve my emotional support to my son. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a caregiver to teenage or young adult cancer patients – the way they see things can be quite different from a child with cancer or an older adult with cancer.”


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Before “A Year in Provence,” cell phones, or social media, a transatlantic romance… 

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!”

“Anyone who has either lived in France or wish to have lived there will find this novel intriguing. It is a must-read!”

“I almost felt like I was in college again experiencing all the emotions that go along with love and friendship during our young adult lives. To watch the bond grow between Jenny, Kim, and Lisa during their year in France, to see how much Jenny grew, and how she was able to find answers for herself was very rewarding. Make That Deux is a fun, light read. A real treat.”

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Appearances:

2019

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Bouchercon, Dallas, TX

Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

July 21: Eastman Gun Show, Marietta, GA

June 15: Posman Books, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA

April 27: The Village Corner German Restaurant & Bakery, Stone Mountain, GA

April 25: Southern Crescent Literature & Libations, McDonough, GA

March 16: Atlanta Writers Club speaker, “How to write, market and publicize your memoir,” Dunwoody, GA

Feb. 10: Posman Books, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA

2018

Dec. 23: Posman Books, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA

Dec. 9: Posman Books, Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA

Dec. 8: Iron & Anvil Show, Ironmonger Brewing Company, Marietta, GA

Dec. 5: Dunwoody Library, Dunwoody, GA – Holiday Pop-Up Book Shoppe

Oct 6: Decatur Library, Decatur, GA “The Psychology of Writing Workshop”

Oct 2: Crema Cafe, Dunwoody, GA “A Novel Idea” Memoirs/nonfiction books reading

Sept 5-9: Bouchercon, St. Petersburg, FL

Sept 1-2: Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

June 1: Doug Dahlgren Radio Show/Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur Library, Decatur, GA

May 1: Crema Cafe, Dunwoody, GA “A Novel Idea” Suspense novel reading

April 21: Author Bookstore, Lemonade Days Festival, Dunwoody, GA

April 19: Celebrity Dancer for EDIN (Eating Disorders Information Network), Atlanta

April 7: Lunch Can Be Murder with author Karen White, Sisters in Crime, Atlanta

March 24-25: Featured Author, Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, GA

2017

Nov 11: Milton Literary Festival, Milton, GA

Oct 19: CTC Writes! Literary Festival, Woodstock, GA

Oct 10-15: Panelist, Bouchercon, Toronto, Canada

Sept 2-3: Panelist, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

June 10: Sisters in Crime Panelist, Decatur Library, Decatur, GA

June 1: Byrnwyck Book Club, Atlanta

April 30: Donaldson Bannister House, Dunwoody, GA

April 22-23: Lemonade Days, Dunwoody, GA

April 15: Atlanta Writers Club Panelist, Dunwoody, GA

April 9: Wilbur & Rudy’s Farmtable, Milton, GA

April 8: Tall Tales Books, Atlanta

March 20: Atlanta Women’s Club Book Club, Atlanta

March 4: Cafe Vendome, Atlanta

Feb 19: Sunday Tea at Bookmiser Book Store, Marietta, GA

Feb 18: Lunch Can Be Murder with author Hank Phillippi Ryan, Atlanta

Feb 24: Bernard Dugaud Atelier de Beaute, Atlanta

Feb 17: Humpus Bumpus Bookstore, Cumming, GA

Feb 3: Artists First Radio hosted by Doug Dahlgren

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