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 the publication of her suspense novels, she penned creative nonfiction ALL THE ABOVE: MY SON’S BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER, a Top 20 Kindle Bestseller and Finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA). Her suspense novels were GAYA Nominees, and UNDERWATER was also a Nominee for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award – Best Novel.
Julia is also the author of “Personal Journey” article Fear and Gratitude, published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in its Sunday edition on July 10, 2016, about her book ALL THE ABOVE, and how her son’s battle 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 the south of France as a university exchange student. After college, she headed back to Dallas, worked in a couple of downtown banks and later for a financial software developer in Richardson, Texas. 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 that degree when (at five months pregnant) she learned she was carrying twins.
When they turned a year old, she retired from the work force to stay home with them, and over the next dozen years, she 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 being drafted to write articles, create newsletters, edit and proof essays, 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 as a speaker at several Georgia literary festivals, including the Decatur Book Festival, the Dahlonega Literary Festival, the Milton Literary Festival, and at the Decatur Public Library. In addition to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she has been featured in Atlanta’s Simply Buckhead Magazine, Northside Woman Magazine, the “Neighbor” Newspapers, the Dunwoody Crier, and in the Carolina Alumni Review magazine. A fluent French speaker, Julia belongs to the Atlanta Toulouse Sister Cities Committee, Alliance Française, the Atlanta Women’s Chamber of Commerce, mystery writers’ organization Sisters in Crime, Atlanta Pen Women, and the Atlanta Writers Club. She loves reading almost all kinds of fiction and nonfiction, watching football, most kinds of art, and all things French.
Julia is a strong supporter of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, CURE Childhood Cancer, and the Eating Disorder Information Network. She is active in Atlanta’s French speaking community and lives in Atlanta with her husband and family.
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