Julie Hogan was born and raised in a small town in Northern San Diego County before she headed slightly north to Los Angeles where she earned her BA in English at UCLA in 1989. During college, Julie kept herself distracted from her schoolwork by toiling at various deadend jobs -- undercover department store security, "hotwalker" at the Santa Anita and Hollywood Park racetracks, "secret shopper" for a discount shoe store chain, a Teamster for a shipping company and an advertising lackey for a surfwear manufacturer. All the while, one of the only constants in her life was the same romance novels she'd been reading since the age of ten when she began spending every summer devouring books faster than her mother could buy them.
Although writing was always her secret dream, after college Julie chose the safe road and worked in public relations and special events for a major department store where her main creative outlet was writing ad copy and press releases. A few short years later, she finally clawed her way up to being able to hand out business cards that said National Marketing Director for a national event ticketing company.
But after breaking every bone in her ankle while on a business trip to New York, Julie took a fortuitous look at her dreams and aspirations, then took one of the first true risks of her life in 1999. With her husband cheering loudly beside her, she quit her job that required a laptop, a Palm Pilot, two cell phones and frequent customer status at some of the nation's finest hotel and airline companies and began to write. With the help of her very committed mentor, Silhouette author Barbara Ankrum, and several critique partners, Julie completed and then sold her first novel, Tangled Sheets, Tangled Lies, to Silhouette Desire in 2002.
When she's not writing, Julie loves hunting for new toasters for her collection of 1940's gems, watching old movies, reading voraciously, camping, riding horses, traveling and generally being with her handsome and talented husband, Jud. Right now, Julie and her husband live in a pretty cool Southern California beachpad with their two cats, Bob and Lulu, but recently the cats have encountered some stiff competition: Julie and Jud were thrilled to herald the arrival of their little boy, Liam, in early January.
The only thing Julie loves more than reading and writing romances is hearing from readers who share her mania. Visit Julie's website at www.juliehogan.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or do it the old fashioned way by writing to P.O. Box 3991, Palos Verdes, California 90274.
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