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 active in Atlanta’s French-speaking community. The mother of four, she is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, Atlanta Pen Women, and the Atlanta Toulouse Sister Cities Committee.
Julia 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 50. Julia is currently working on her next suspense novel, and she loves football, the UNC Tar Heels, most kinds of art, and all things French.
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.
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“…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.”
“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.”
Where no one breathes a word about the town’s darkest secret…
Julia’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.”
“A huge part of my love for this book stemmed from the narration, the intrigue, the ‘trying to guess the ending’…I couldn’t put it down, and read it in a day and a half!!”
“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
“…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…”
German translation, UNTER WASSER, published by Amazon Crossing:
“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!“
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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