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Founder, 85K Writing Challenge
Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the Village of Primm. She is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge, providing writers an enriching environment in which to pen 85,000 words in 90 days, supported by a full calendar of writing support. Julie also serves on the board of directors as communications chair for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub. A voracious reader, Julie has reviewed 200+ books in her genre and recently won the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Grand Prize.
Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiencies in the Chicago Manual of Style. With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Married with four children, she writes fulltime and is represented by Joelle Delbourgo.
Visit Julie Valerie’s author website at julievalerie.com. Never miss an update by subscribing to Julie’s once-monthly author newsletter. Follow her on Twitter at @Julie_Valerie and on her Facebook Author Page at fb.com/JulieValerieAuthor/.
Kristi Tuck Austin
Editorial Board, 85K Writing Challenge
Kristi Tuck Austin waded New York City sewers, ran from trains, and slid through a water pipe to the Harlem River while researching her novels. She’s celebrated Thanksgiving in the Paris catacombs, hiking, crawling, wading (again), and dining by candlelight. In her daily life, which is dry and aboveground, she’s the founder of Tuck Austin Associates, a company that helps authors connect with readers. She’s a former board chair and conference chair of James River Writers.
If you’d like to learn more, Kristi writes a monthly email that answers reader-submitted questions about publishing, marketing, and the writing life. It’s a Dear Abby for authors. Follow Kristi on Twitter at @KristiAustin.