Julie is a Freelance Writer and Library Consultant. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children and has served on the (John) Newbery Medal Selection Committee. She also evaluates and discusses children’s and teen literature as a member of Capitol Choices. She has worked in public libraries and now provides training sessions for library staff and writes books to help children’s librarians do storytime.
Julie will be participating in the Picture Books and Reviews panel (with Minh Le, Julie Dietzel-Glair, Alyssa Nassner, Leila Sales, Susan Stockdale, and Calef Brown). This panel of accomplished authors, illustrators, agents, editors and reviewers will discuss everything you need to know (or at least as much as they can cover in 50 minutes) about the picture book review process and the reality of what it’s like to have a book out in the world.
Okay, let’s get started! What was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? And now, as an adult?
This is going to sound cliché but Charlotte’s Web will always hold a special place in my
heart. It is very difficult to narrow down one favorite book now, however, my favorite book published in 2016 is Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. The writing is so lovely and the book opens up so many avenues for discussion.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Any comfortable coffee shop. I feel like the strangers around me are holding me accountable even though they have no idea what I’m working on.
If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
I would be an elementary school teacher. Student teaching cured me of that desire. I believe that teaching is not a job, it’s a calling, and I was not called. I’m so glad I found librarianship. It’s all the fun parts of the teaching.
You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read! Your glasses are fine(whew!), so what’s the first book you crack open?
Depends. Am I caught up on the books that have been nominated for Capitol Choices (www.capitolchoices.org)? If so, I’d probably pick up the first book in my pile of advanced reader copies in order to nominate something else. However, why do I suddenly need glasses?
As a library consultant, which library is your favorite to visit?
Rather than a favorite library, my favorite library related place to visit is the American Library Association conference. I love being surrounded by so many people that are determined and committed to their goals to promote books and literacy for everyone.
You magically find a $100 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?
Found money always equals dinner out. $100 means I can include an appetizer and dessert.
What is your favorite quote?
“Some days you gotta dance. Live it up when you get the chance.” ~Dixie Chicks
What do you enjoy doing when not writing or reading?
Boating, running, and traveling.
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or librarians in only four words, what would they be?
Librarians love to help
Time for the lightning round—no more than four words per answer! What’s your favorite:
Time to work? Under deadline
Music to listen to while writing? Random coffee shop mix
Trick to staying motivated? Fear of failure
Pair of shoes? Barefoot
Guiltiest pleasure? Wine, cheese, and tiramisu
Line from a movie? How do you answer this in four words?
“Evelyn: Look, I… I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I… am a librarian.” ~The Mummy
Thanks for stopping by, Julie! We’re looking forward to hearing more from you at the conference.
Friends, take the weekend to catch up on or reread interviews:
- Mary Fan, author
- Calef Brown, author and illustrator
- Katy Kelly, author
- Andrea Morrison, Literary agent with Writers House
- Leila Sales, Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books
- Laura Shovan, poet, author, editor, educator
- Thao Le, Literary agent
- Patricia Hruby Powell, author
- Alyssa Nassner, illustrator and designer
- Liz Kossnar, Associate Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator
Happy writing and illustrating!!