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Cherry Street Books & Brainerd Brown Bag Lunch!

Fantastic time at the Brainerd Public Library!

Fantastic time at the Brainerd Public Library!


What a crazy, fantastic, scary, wonderful, amazing weekend! It all started on Saturday while I was on my way to Cherry Street Books in Alexandria for a book signing. I was about an hour out from the book store, when I got rear-ended while pulling over for an ambulance. I’m okay, the car can still drive, and the other driver’s insurance is covering the damage to the bumper (it’s pretty much falling off). Waiting for the sheriff and state trooper to arrive and document the accident took about an hour-and-a-half, so needless to say, I was late to my book signing.

At Cherry Street Books!

At Cherry Street Books!

By the time I got to Alexandria, I was a little frazzled. Then, I turned the corner and saw Cherry Street Books. Oh my goodness! It is such a cute, inviting, comfy shop with so many great books and gifts for book worms. Kathleen sat me in a big, cozy chair and I ended up having a wonderful afternoon, meeting new readers and spreading the word about Seven Stones. Afterwards, I got to have dinner with a friend and made it back to Bemidji without any more excitement. So, a day that started out a bit dodgy ended in a very positive note. I am very grateful to the awesome folks of Cherry Street for hosting me and graciously invited me into their store. I will definitely be back! If you are in Alexandria, check out this independent book store (and feel free to pick up a signed copy of Seven Stones while you’re there!).


After a brief rest, Shane and I were off to Brainerd on Sunday for Shane to shoot some sports highlights, attend a wedding, and prep for my Brown Bag Lunch. What we didn’t plan for was the CRAZY storm! You’ve probably heard by now, but it was SCA-RY. The storm ripped up trees, toppled power lines, threw trees on cars, tore roofs off buildings, and caused more damage than I can describe. There are–as of now–no reported injuries, however, so that is something to be grateful for. Shane and I spent the storm huddled in an equipment room under a desk. I was quaking like a scared little rabbit. Shane fell asleep. During a tornado. Can you believe that boy?

I had so much fun!

I had so much fun!

The next day, I made it to the Brainerd Public Library unscathed and excited for my Brown Bag Author event at noon. I used to work at the Brainerd Library (I LOVED IT!), and used to dream of being a part of the Brown Bag program someday. Because of the storm and clean-up, I was afraid that few people would be able to make it. But as I set up and chatted with friends, people just kept arriving! I had a full room! AMAZING!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to see me!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to see me!

I started off talking about Seven Stones, doing a few short reading excerpts, then talked about my writing process, my publishing experience, and the sequel in progress. The audience was AWESOME! Before the event, I was nervous about filling up a whole hour without being boring, but I had SO MUCH FUN! People kept asking really great questions, and even made some touching comments about my writing. We talked about everything, from my early writing inspiration, Ojibwe & Celtic research, cultural identity, and what house I’d be in at Hogwarts (Hufflepuff Pride)! We had such a great energy buzzing in the room that my talk ran a little over an hour! 🙂

The line for my book signing!

The line for my book signing!

After the presentation, there was a line of people waiting to buy my book and say hello. INCREDIBLE! It is humbling and gratifying to know that people are connecting with my story and with my journey as a writer. I am still smiling from the warm reception, avid readers, and all-around awesome people of the Brainerd Public Library. A HUGE thank you to the library and the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library for inviting me to be a part of their wonderful program.

The Seven Stones dream team!

The Seven Stones dream team!

My publishers and I got to have a celebratory lunch at–where else?–Prairie Bay! I got the new Thai Curry Pizza (YES! TRY IT!), and we had a delightful time toasting the success of the Seven Stones book tour!

Next, I’m off to Eagan for the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games! I’ll be there ALL day so stop by, grab a signed copy of Seven Stones, and say hello! I’ll be driving all day Friday, so I’ll see you next on Monday with pictures from the event!

Minnesota Highland Games: July 18th!

Happy Wednesday!


My First Radio Interview!

“So, Julia, how do you feel about being a published author?”

Can you say “I’m ready for my close-up” when you’re talking about a radio interview? How about, “I’m ready for my mic check?” However you say it, I’m READY and EXCITED! This is my first radio interview EVER! I can’t wait to talk about Seven Stones to folks over the airwaves at 8:10 in the morning this Friday on KAXE.

Would you like to listen?! Of course you would! If you live in Northern Minnesota, you can get KAXE on the following channels: Grand Rapids 91.7 FM, Brainerd 89.9 FM, Bagley/Bemidji KBXE 90.5 FM. If you don’t live in the broadcast area, visit the KAXE homepage and click “streaming” to listen to the interview live on Friday morning! We’ll be chatting about Seven Stones and spreading the word about my upcoming Brown Bag Lunch event at the Brainerd Public Library.

July 11th 12-12pm!

And that’s not all! Don’t forget that I’ll be driving to Alexandria, Minnesota for a book signing at Cherry Street Books from 12-2pm!

So many exciting things are happening in the month of July! Stay tuned for updates and tune into KAXE on Friday morning to hear my interview with Heidi Holtan! 🙂


25 Days and Counting…

25 days until the book release party. All aboard the crazy train.

This past weekend was a fabulous blur of travel, family, and celebrations. Shane and I hopped into our car on Saturday morning and drove 9 hours to celebrate a friend’s wedding. We left at 8:30 in the morning and got to Hartford, Wisconsin just as dinner was being served at the reception. Perfect timing! We ate, danced, ate cake, and danced some more. We called it a night around 9:30 and drove to our hotel where we sunk into the hot tub. That time in the hot tub was worth the trip alone.

The next morning, we were up at 8:00. We ran from the hotel to the Sweet Spot bakehouse in Whitewater to pick up the cake for my nephew Ira’s baptism. When my sister-in-law asked if I’d be willing to pick up the cake, I shouted an enthusiastic “YES!” As I’ve mentioned before, NEVER pass up an opportunity to eat at the Sweet Spot. It was the first time I got to see the new bakehouse, and it was fabulous. There was doughnut wallpaper on the ceiling, whisk light fixtures, and, oh yeah, the FOOD. Date-filled cookies, cakes, breads, red velvet brownies, tiramisu cupcakes, peach chai scones…I could eat there forever and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Though I would have to buy elastic pants.


Besides getting to eat the wonderful chocolate ganache and raspberry cake, I am now the proud godmother of my nephew, Ira Blaine. He is such a little blessing to our family, and I am so happy to have been there for his baptism. We spent the day with family, ate more food and cake, and then left for home on Monday morning (after a breakfast with friends at the Sweet Spot, of course!).

It was a crazy, wonderful weekend. The itinerary did not, however, leave much any time for writing. I spent the week leading up to the trip finishing two grad school projects and reading ahead, so I am pretty good on the homework front. The writing front is looking a little sad. I haven’t written anything in three days! The goal of this week is to get back into my groove and hopefully make up for some lost time with extra writing. Somehow.

In the mean time, I’ve officially been invited to be a part of the Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Author series! My first real author gig! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I gladly accepted the invitation and have been obsessively scouring the internet for “speaking tips for authors” and “how to have a successful book signing.” I’ll post when the official time/date for the event are set!

Until next time!

What do you like most about going to author events/book signings?