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 just a few miles from the beach, and she is currently working on a psychological thriller while co-writing a work of women’s fiction set in the 1970s. Julia 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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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.”

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.”

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.”

“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.”


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

“…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…”

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.”

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

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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…Make That Deux is a fun, light read. A real treat.”

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May 15: Celebration Village Forsyth, Johns Creek, GA


Apr. 9: The Mezza Live! UIMedia Network @UiMediaApp.com

Feb. 22: Keynote Speaker, Mothers’ Retreat, St. Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta, GA


Dec. 7: Johns Creek Books & Gifts, Johns Creek, GA 

Nov. 12: Crema Cafe, Dunwoody, GA “A Novel Idea” Potpourri books reading

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


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


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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