Julie Cantrell is a multiple award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, editor, story coach, TEDx speaker, and ghostwriter. She served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Rivendell Writer’s Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship, and the Pat Conroy Writer’s Residency Fellowship.
Her novels have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and have been featured in Top Reads lists by LitHub, Redbook, Southern Living Magazine, REAL SIMPLE, BookBub, HuffPost, USA Today (HEA), and more. As a novelist, she’s received two Christy Awards, two Carol Awards, and the Mississippi Library Association Fiction Award. She was named a short-list finalist twice for the Mississippi Arts & Letters Fiction Award as well as a two-time short-list finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.
In addition to her work with survivors of domestic abuse and her service as a literacy advocate, she’s a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, the Author Talk Network, and Her Novel Collective, three organizations that promote the power of story and elevate female voices. She teaches writing workshops through Story Summit and Women of our Words, and she’s an instructor through the Drexel University low-res MFA program.
Prior to launching Life 2.0, she helped run her family’s small-scale sustainable farm, where she milked goats, raised sheep, boarded horses, gathered eggs, and harvested fresh honey, herbs, flowers, vegetables, and fruit. As a certified speech-language pathologist, she worked many years in the Mississippi public schools as an SLP, ELL teacher, and reading interventionist, and as a certified naturalist she loves exploring every corner of this beautiful world.
With published works across a diverse range of genres and numerous languages, Julie currently writes, coaches, teaches, and edits fulltime from her home in Houston, Texas where she finds great pleasure in helping to shepherd other people’s stories to shelves.
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