Yes, My Name Really Is Julie Duck!

If only I'd had my stories to read when I was a young adult...
If only I’d had my stories to read when I was a young adult…

I am a marketing copywriter and former magazine editor. That means I’ve spent more than 17 years slaving over ad copy, concepting marketing campaigns, panicking about deadlines, and hoping that one day I’d write something longer than a three-page article.

After a health scare that coincided with the folding of the magazine I edited, I sat down to write A Place In This Life, an edgy YA tale about the relationship between an introverted girl and a tough boy who happens to have leukemia. Based on real events, A Place In This Life looks at the consequences of doing what seems easy… and doing what feels right.

Seems edgy is my thing, because I went on to write SWELL, a dark story about an art prodigy who falls in love with an alcoholic, and becomes one herself. It’s more than your average teen drinking story — SWELL is an exploration of what happens when we put others before ourselves.

You could say that my writing has the undertones of Laurie Halse Anderson, but with a touch of twisted wit and a voice that’s been dying to tell the stories in my head since I was in the third grade.

Smiling because I love to write!


Update: A Place In This Life and SWELL are now available at!

NEWSFLASH! I am a guest blogger at YA Stands every other Tuesday. Catch me there and read my articles about up-and-coming writers and industry professionals!


18 thoughts on “Yes, My Name Really Is Julie Duck!

    1. Hi Kathy –

      Thank you! It’s Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary. Very happy, and pretty amazed at what a difference a year can make!

      – Julie

    1. It’s circa 1987-1988! You called it right! I had this thing about black hats – still do. It was fun to be on the fringes then – and to write about it now!

      – Julie

  1. Congrats on signing with an agent. I can’t wait to read your books. (in the 80’s didn’t we all have a black hat like that. I loved my hats then too.)

  2. Oh Julie! I remember that hat…..and I remember you were always on the fringe with things. Was it Oreos you brought over for all nights? If anyone can be a success, you can. Good luck sweetie. Love you.

    1. LOL! I still have it. It’s rather crusty now. Sorry if I ever scared you or caused you to say, “What is UP with her!?” I used to bring Chips Ahoy! Eat the whole bag (after having Frito Pie, no less!).

      Thank you for the good wishes! XOXO

      – Julie

  3. Jules my mom (Luanne) never said “What is UP with her?!” She used to say “That girl is SMART and silly”. She still does….. 😉

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