An Oblate in Oklahoma (who moved to Massachusetts)
This is where I'm supposed to write about myself in the third-person.
Forcibly removed from San Diego at the age of eight, Julie grew up with grass burrs in her socks three miles south of the Cowboy Capital of the World: Bandera, Texas. After a brief stint in San Antonio at the University of Texas, Julie migrated to cooler climes in the northern Rockies of Montana, where she shoveled snow in Browning, East Glacier, Missoula, Bozeman, and Great Falls.
An oblate of Clear Creek Abbey in northeastern Oklahoma, Julie recently pulled up stakes and relocated to New England (Boston, to be exact) where she is gainfully employed as a legal secretary once again.
In the Palace of the Great King is her first novel, and judging by the length of time it has taken her to complete, most likely will be her last. (Then again, one never knows.) Meanwhile, please check out Wild Grace: a pictorial pilgrimage to Clear Creek Abbey. At just $17.50 plus shipping, it's cheaper than a plane ticket to Tulsa. You might see someone you know!
BTW, if you really want the low-down on what motivated me to write IPGK, check out this interview I gave to Antony Kolenc:
The Shepherd's Pie Podcast, Episode 40: Youth and Vocations
I was having a bad day and felt like I really botched the interview, but Tony did an admirable job of editing, and it turned out not half bad.