This is my place to play, to mix metaphors, elongate ellipses, dangle participles, to dabble in my art and tell my stories. I come here to chat about my writing journey, but every so often essays on running, wine, nature, or peanut butter sneak in. Well, I haven’t written about peanut butter. But I will. I have a good peanut butter story, as it so happens. I also write about books that challenge and delight my literary senses.


I am the author of the novels In Another Life and The Crows of Beara. Inspired by the medieval Cathar Crusade, In Another Life is set in present day and 13th century France and debuts February 2016 (Sourcebooks Landmark). The Crows of Beara is set in contemporary Co. Cork, southwest Ireland, and was named a finalist for the 2014 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, judged by PEN/Faulkner author and Man Booker Award nominee Karen Joy Fowler. The Crows of Beara (Ashland Creek Press) launches September 1, 2017. My third novel, Upside-Down Girl, is currently on submission.


My work can be found in the anthologies Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers (2014), Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss (2014), Flash of Fiction (2013), Stories for Sendai (2011) and in the literary journals Emerge Literary Review, Mud Season Review, Cobalt, River Poets Journal, Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim, and elsewhere.


My stories have been shortlisted for the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award for Fiction, and awarded First Place by Short Story Competition HQ. In January 2014, I was awarded a professional development fellowship by the Artist Trust of Washington state.


A native of the Pacific Northwest, I make my home on the tip of a peninsula where the Salish Sea meets the Puget Sound.


The title of my blog, Chalk the Sun, is a reference to a treasured Emily Dickinson poem:  Part One: Life XXXI  


Please visit my website: juliechristinejohnson to learn more about my writing and my editorial and critique services.