#BondingThruBooks Speaker - Julia Blues
Julia Blues is a storyteller on a mission. Her mission is to better lives univerSOULly every story told via literature, TV & film.
Being honest with yourself is a main theme she harps on, and how to begin putting those pieces back together once truth is revealed is the premise you will get used to in many of her stories. After spending thirty-even years traveling the globe, she has finally found home in Austin, TX. To learn more about Ms. Blues, visit her at www.juliablues.com.
IN HER OWN WORDS...
I am a woman on a journey to discover all God has for me, whatever avenues and paths it may take me.
I am not one of those writers who fell in love with writing before I could hold a pen; because I didn’t. I am not one of those writers whose teachers encouraged to enter into writing contests; because that never happened. I am not one of those writers who adored English; because I hated it. I am simply a woman who was stuck in a boring job and had exhausted all possibilities of entertainment. It was like the Universe sensed my desperation as an unfamiliar voice called out to me, scaring away my sanity: “Monica Brown, that’s my name. Ask me again and I’ll tell you the same.” I’ve been stuck with characters whispering their stories to me every since.
I am a Storyteller. I’ve been a lot of other things in my thirty-something years. Spent half of my life growing up in the military. After watching my dad jump under the bed every time he heard a siren or alarm go off, I knew that was not the career for me. Shortly after graduating high school, working dead-end retail jobs, and spending a semester in college, I found myself raising my right hand swearing to protect my country from all enemies foreign and domestic. It didn’t take long for me to realize I wasn’t cut out for the Air Force. Once I laced up my combat boots for the last time, I ventured into temp work, spent a couple of years working behind bars at a county jail, and screened passengers and luggage for the government until a back injury changed the course of my life.
Ever since I began writing, it was a goal of mine to write full time. I had no idea how I would be able to do so. But one day, I look a leap of faith and haven’t been able to look back. Now, a published author of two books, Parallel Pasts and The Last Exhale, I know every box of Ramen noodles and cans of tuna I had to eat was worth it.
My path in life hasn’t been all good, but it hasn’t been all bad either because it has led me to where I am right now. Everything in life I’ve experienced has all played a part in who I am today. Nothing compares to the joy I feel when creating memorable characters. Nothing compares to taking my imagination to places the imagination dares to go. That’s what bringing life to a blank canvas does for me. It liberates my soul.
I am Julia Blues: A storyteller on a mission.
The Last Exhale by Julia Blues
Marriage isn’t easy—especially without honesty. In this exploration of love, intimacy, guilt, and infidelity, two people learn what happens when their feelings get in the way of the truth.For Sydney Holmes and Brandon Carter, love is losing its strength. Infidelity is the side effect of both of their broken marriages. Now, struggling to pick up the pieces, each is clinging to the hope that lasting love still waits for them, inside—or outside—of marriage.
Sydney’s not happy. Ever since marrying the wrong man, she’s regretted her decision to marry for the ring—not for her husband. Now, nearly seven years and two kids later, it’s not so easy to walk away.
Brandon’s hurt. The death of his son was painful enough, but now he’s faced with losing the love of his life.
Love is the muscle of marriage. Both partners have to work to keep it strong and healthy, and without it, a marriage has no chance of survival. In The Last Exhale, Sydney and Brandon uncover the truth of what it really means to love—for better or for worse.
The Last Exhale: A Novel by Julia Blues