About Julie

Chris Balcombe

The subject Julie really loved at school was English – making up stories and writing poems. She thought it would be cool to be an author so, naturally, when it came to thinking of a career, she chose to become… a teacher.


Fast forward a few years and she’d re-trained as a journalist.

She worked as an award-winning Hampshire reporter and press and public relations manager in Southampton and London for 17 years, regularly dealing with the national media, MPs, Home Secretaries and, on occasions, the Prime Minister.

Following the birth of her two sons and a newly-revived passion for picture books, the English graduate thought she’d dust off her keyboard and write a few stories.

One thing led to another and she’s now having the time of her life, doing what she was probably meant to have been doing years ago.

She’s currently living in Southampton, home of the Spitfire, with one husband, two sons, three cats and an imaginative way of seeing animals and people in the travertine wall tiles in her downstairs loo.

Yep, that’s how she rolls!

Her favourite biscuits are Jaffa Cakes, her all time favourite picture books are: “Giraffes Can’t Dance” (Andreae/Parker-Rees) and “Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo” (Andreae/Paul). Her all-time favourite pastime is dreaming up stories in her head.

She hopes you’ll be reading them soon!


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