Growing up in Smith Falls, Ontario, Julie Johnston always told stories. She went public with her work at a young age, writing plays for her high school and a novella for her local newspaper.
She completed the Physical and Occupational Therapy program at the University of Toronto and worked with developmentally disabled children before returning to university to study English and creative writing.
Embracing writing as a career, she wrote for the stage and also published short stories and magazine articles. Eventually, she was inspired to write a full-length novel.
She holds the distinction of being the first author to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for both her first and second novels.
Johnston gets ideas for stories by observing others; she calls herself “a shameless people-watcher and eavesdropper.” Her favourite place to write is at the lake, and her cure for writer’s block is taking a shower. Married with four grown daughters, she lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
Bio by Randi R.
- Susannah’s Quill, 2007
- In Spite of Killer Bees, 2001
- Love Ya Like a Sister: A Story of Friendship from the Journals of Katie Ouriou, 1999
- The Only Outcast, 1998
- Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me, 1994
- Hero of Lesser Causes, 1992