I grew up in Brisbane exploring the local creeks and the islands of Moreton Bay, hoping one day to become a vet. After dissecting a frog in Year 9 Biology, I decided the medical field was not for me. Instead I became a television news reporter, working in Australia, Asia and Europe. A family holiday on the Noosa River inspired me to start writing fiction. My sons teamed up with friends and spent the summer exploring sandbanks, building camps, dodging snakes and avoiding stingrays. I had to write about it. The result was the Hazard River adventure series for young readers. Since then I’ve written many works for children and young adults, including a Gothic play for high school students – As the Crow Flies and stories in the Choose Your Own Ever After series for readers who like to decide where the plot goes. When I’m not head down at my desk, working on my first novel for adults, (due out July 2022 with Affirm Press) you may well find me strolling on a beach in Queensland. I might look like I’m just lazing around on holidays, but I’m actually hard at work – researching new stories and compiling tips for midlife adventurers. You can find out more at Welcome to My World!
What People Say
The modern context, sporting through-line and intertextual references to supernatural tropes make this an excellent resource for our Year 10 course.Tanya Neilsen, Brisbane Grammar School
Full of friends, family, school and first love, this book is fun, sensitive and has great characters that girls will recognise and relate to.Lamont bookshop
Julie has the talent and skill to mix adventure, fun, age-appropriate humour and great conservation themes into a whirlwind, page-turning journey, chock full of laughs.Bug in a Book