Julia McDermott is the author of domestic psychological suspense novels DADDY’S GIRL and UNDERWATER, a Top 10 Kindle Bestseller. Her debut novel was French travel/young adult romance MAKE THAT DEUX. In between publication of her suspense novels, she penned creative nonfiction ALL THE ABOVE: MY SON’S BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER, also a Top 10 Kindle Bestseller, and Finalist-Georgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA). Her suspense novels were GAYA Nominees, and UNDERWATER was a Nominee for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award-Best Novel.
Julia is also the author of “Personal Journey” Fear and Gratitude published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on July 10, 2016. Read it to learn about her book ALL THE ABOVE and the way her son’s journey with cancer changed her life and his.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Julia grew up in Atlanta and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Economics and French. During her Tar Heel days, she spent a year in Montpellier, France. After college, she headed back to Dallas, worked in a couple of downtown banks and for a financial software developer. While working full time, she aced her MBA courses at the University of Dallas and North Texas State University, but chose to abandon her pursuit of the degree when, at five months pregnant, she learned she was carrying twins.
After their first birthday, she retired from the work force, and over the next dozen years had two more kids and moved across the country four times. As her family grew, Julia successfully avoided volunteer leadership roles, but found herself constantly drafted to write articles, create newsletters, and update websites. Once her kids began to leave the nest, she attended a variety of writing workshops and seminars, joined a writers’ critique group, and launched a career as a multi-genre author.
Julia has appeared at crime writers conferences including Killer Nashville and Bouchercon, and at Georgia literary events such as the Decatur Book Festival, the Dahlonega Literary Festival, the Augusta Literary Festival, and the Milton Literary Festival. In addition to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she has been featured in VoyageATL, Simply Buckhead Magazine, Northside Woman, Atlanta’s Neighbor and Crier Newspapers, and in the Carolina Alumni Review.
Julia is currently working on a screenplay adaptation of ALL THE ABOVE while ghostwriting a nonfiction book for an Atlanta media personality. Her short story, The Riverfest, is included in crime story anthology DOWN TO THE RIVER, to be published April 22, 2019 by Down & Out Books. The idea for her next suspense novel, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, grew out of that story.
A fluent French speaker, Julia is active in Atlanta’s French speaking community, and is a member of the Atlanta Toulouse Sister Cities Committee, Sisters in Crime, Atlanta Pen Women, and the Atlanta Writers Club. She loves reading, dancing at weddings, watching football, most kinds of art, and all things French.
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