Waiting for the Night Song is available for pre-order NOW!

photo credit Sharona Jacobs

My debut novel, WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG, is forthcoming from Forge (Macmillan) in January 2021 (Pre-order now!) and my second novel, THE LAST BEEKEEPER, will follow a year later. If your book club enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing or Barbara Kingsolver novels, I hope you’ll give my books a try. You can sign up for my mailing list to find out about updates and giveaways.

I’m a huge fan of climate fiction. Some of my favorite cli-fi titles include Flight Behavior, Fever Dream, American War, The Overstory, Parable of the Sower, Florida, The Water Knife, Where the Crawdads Sing, Salvage the Bones, Gun Island, The Water Cure, The Road, and Heart Spring Mountain. I don’t need to be hit over the head with lectures or dogma. Just give me a compelling story that leaves me with something to think about. And, of course, I appreciate a well-crafted sentence.

I’m a Massachusetts-based fiction writer, journalist, and farmer. I wrote my first novel, WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG (sneak peek here) in GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, a year-long, MFA-level novel intensive. I have a Master’s in Creative Writing and Literature from Harvard University Extension School, and my short fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Charles River Review, and online publications. I’ve been the recipient of several literary awards, including the 2017 William Faulkner Literary Award. I’m represented by Stacy Testa at Writers House and Addison Duffy at United Talent Agency (film rights).

I have published articles in BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Baby Talk, Electric Literature, The Chicago Review of Books, and other publications, and I blog for The Writer Unboxed and DeadDarlings writers’ blogs. I’m a frequent public speaker/workshop leader on the topic of writing in the age of the climate crisis. I also own and operate a small farm. When I’m not reading or writing, you can probably find me chasing my four kids, hiking, kayaking, or digging in the dirt.

Are you a fan of Climate Fiction? What are you reading and/or writing? I’d love to hear from you!

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Featured Art:

The Mountain Pine Bark Beetle


The mountain pine bark beetle plays a starring role in my novel WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG. This original print was created by Aubrey Pongluelert, an artist, farmer, and environmental science grad student at U of Montana, who graciously allowed me to share it. Notice the overlay of the map and beetle-infested footprint that creates texture on the beetle. I love this image.

Thanks, Aubrey!


One Comment on “Welcome

  1. Hi Julie,

    I came across your webpage after reading your blog review of Scribophile, which I have just joined. I found your review very helpful. I’m writing to ask how you liked your Creative Writing Master’s degree experience at Harvard’s Extension School, and I hope you don’t mind. I grew up in Mass, but I live in Missississippi now (we have a small hobby farm on 20 acres) and I’m trying to become a published fiction author. We live in a rural area and my job prevents me from doing anything but online school at the moment. Did you find Harvard’s program helpful and worthwhile? I was looking at it to improve my skills/credentials and I think I might like to teach one day too, although I hear teaching jobs for folks with Creative Writing degrees have ridiculously steep competition.

    Your novel FOUR DEGREES looks very interesting, when is it due to be published for sale?

    Thanks and happy writing and farming!

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