About Julie

Discovering Pig MagicJulie was born in Torrance, California in 1970.  She moved to Ahwahnee, California, in the mountains near Yosemite National Park, as a young child, where she grew up. Julie attended the University of California at Davis, earning her degree in English literature, and then went to a private business school to obtain her paralegal certification. She spent a year in Spain, teaching English. After many years as a legal administrator in the San Francisco bay area, Julie quit work to stay home with her two young daughters. 

She began her writing career in the magazine market, and published her work in The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Green Prints, MotherVerse Magazine, Highlights for Children and the American Library Association's Knowledge Quest magazine.  Her first novel, Discovering Pig Magic, won the 2008 Milkweed Prize for Children�s Literature and received wonderful critical reviews. The Crepemakers' Bond, the highly anticipated sequel to Discovering Pig Magic, was released in May 2011, and enjoyed a positive critical reception and was named to Book Expo America's top 26 books for the year. Both of Julie�s books are available to purchase anywhere books are sold.

Julie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two teenaged daughters, Digby the wonder dog, and Cheeto the crazy cat. Julie hopes to publish her first adult novel in the near future. Julie is usually reading contemporary fiction if she isn�t writing. Her other hobbies include gardening (with an emphasis on native edibles, dahlias, and Portland�s beautiful roses), cooking (she loves to enter cooking contests but hasn�t won any yet), and taking really long baths.

Julie in the News

Check out Julie�s guest author interview at http://owlforya.blogspot.com/2011/05/author-interview-julie-crabtree-crepe.html

Read an interview with Julie on California Readers.

Julie featured in The Daily Triplicate, the local newspaper of Crescent City, California.

Article from the Sierra Star, a newspaper in Julie's hometown, Oakhurst, California.

Julie is a full member of SCBWI (Northern California Chapter) and The Author's Guild


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