(Plumtree: Book 1)
January 1, 2002
Available: January 2, 2002
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Julie Kaewert

Julie Kaewert writes novels about book publishing, the most intriguing business she knows. Her mysteries for booklovers (Unsolicited, Unbound, Unprintable, Untitled, Unsigned, and Uncatalogued, all from Bantam) have topped bestseller lists around the country. Her novels feature London publisher Alex Plumtree, a studious James Bond of the book world. Alex finds that publishing is a decidedly dangerous profession; whatís worse, an inordinate number of secrets seem to be housed in his familyís beloved collection of antiquarian books. A native of Nebraska, Julie first decided to be a writer in the sixth grade, when she was given the assignment of writing a novel for English class. She carried her love for Nebraska to Dartmouth College, where she wrote an honors thesis about the characters of Willa Cather. Julie wrote for the Daily Dartmouth, but when all her attempts at fiction were rejected she forsook a career in writing and instead pursued the traditional route to a book publishing career: the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. Afterwards she worked for fine books publisher David Godine in Bostonís Back Bay, then Addison-Wesley near Boston, meeting many fine bibliophiles who came to inspire the Plumtree series. When Julie married and moved to London, she transferred to Addison-Wesley UK in Londonís Bedford Square, meeting more delightful bibliophiles. This charming Georgian building in the heart of Bloomsbury, with its ballroom and pink geraniums in the windowboxes, would become the setting for Plumtree Press. At the time, Bedford Square was home to many of Londonís publishing houses and was steeped in Englandís literary heritage; it was also a five-minute walk from the British Library, then housed in the British Museum. When Addison-Wesley UK moved out of London to the countryside, Julie left for her first paid writing job: staff writer for a computing magazine. The magazine had its offices in Clerkenwell (pronounced Clarkenwell), home of liberal journalism in London. Charles Dickens used Clerkenwell as the setting for Oliver Twist; in the more distant past, it was home to the Knights Templar. But during Julieís time there in the mid-eighties, striking coal miners marched in the streets, angling for a headline as they passed the Guardian newspaper offices. The beautiful and varied assortment of artisan printers, real estate developers, journalists, and socialists in Clerkenwell, along with its colorful history, provided the setting for Unprintable. Julie and her husband lived in the small Hertfordshire town of Chorleywood, on a narrow country lane that served as the border with Buckinghamshire. At the end of the lane was a secluded farm that became Alex Plumtreeís family home, The Orchard. Hedges, roses, public footpaths with stiles, beech tree forests, wide-open fields with grazing bulls and cows, and a neighbor named Villiers (for those who enjoy English history) made this a beautiful and unforgettable place. The Kaewerts came to call Chorleywood home for five years, and had the good fortune to be adopted by a warm and wonderful English family. They served as youth group leaders at Christ Church Chorleywood, among other things teaching English teenagers how to play Capture the Flag on the village common. Julie took a brief sojourn into the world of artificial intelligence software at Digital Equipment Corporation after moving back to Massachusetts, where she wrote her first book, a text on AI programming, for McGraw-Hill. Next she ventured into adult literacy work and earned an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education before gaining enough courage to write her first novel. Alex Plumtree came to life shortly after the birth of Julie and Billís first child in 1990, followed by Unsolicited and Alexís five further adventures. In 1998 Julie acquired a black catsuit and an Emma Peel alter ego when asked to write the novelization of the Warner Brothers movie The Avengers. She is now completing a prequel to the Plumtree series tentatively entitled The Writing Masterís Daughter, a bibliomystery set in the year 1670, and is researching and writing a second wave of Plumtree mysteries. Julie lives near Boulder, Colorado with her husband Bill, daughters Sarah and Alexandra, and Welsh terrier Ian. After years of community involvement, she now enjoys being at home with her family, reading, researching the new Plumtree series, mentoring teen writers, meeting with her critique group, working with her college alumni group, and riding her mountain bike. Her latest challenge is learning to play the harp.

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