Julia McDermott is the author of two Domestic Suspense novels set in Atlanta, DADDY’S GIRL and UNDERWATER; French Travel/Young Adult Romance MAKE THAT DEUX; and creative nonfiction ALL THE ABOVE: MY SON’S BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER, awarded Finalist-Georgia Author of the Year, and a Top 10 Kindle Bestseller. She is also the author of Atlanta Journal-Constitution Personal Journey, “Fear and Gratitude,” about ALL THE ABOVE and how her son’s journey with cancer changed his life, and hers.
A native of Texas, Julia grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Economics and French. She spent her junior year studying in the south of France as a participant in UNC’s new year-abroad program. After graduation, she worked in the International Department of a major Dallas bank, and later for a financial software developer in Richardson, Texas.
A fluent French speaker, Julia belongs to the Atlanta Toulouse Sister Cities Committee, the Atlanta Writers Club, the Atlanta Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and Atlanta Pen Women. Besides the AJC, she has been featured in Simply Buckhead Magazine, Northside Woman, and the Carolina Alumni Review. Causes she supports include CURE Childhood Cancer, the American Cancer Society, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Eating Disorders Information Network, for whom she appeared as a dancer at their 2018 Celebrity Dance Challenge.
Julia is currently writing her next Suspense novel as well as the screenplay adaptation of ALL THE ABOVE. Her latest project was ghostwriting a nonfiction book for an Atlanta media personality. Julia’s short story, The Riverfest, will be published on April 22, 2019, by Down & Out Books, in a crime stories anthology edited by Tim O’Mara with an introduction by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Julia lives in Brookhaven with her family, and she loves football, dancing at weddings, binging French (and sometimes, English) television series, most kinds of art, and all things French.