Julie T. Lamana grew up in a military family, moving frequently throughout the U.S. and abroad. She went to kindergarten in Japan, where she discovered her love for storytelling while watching Japanese television and making up stories to go along with the images on the screen!

Fortunately, or unfortunately, Julie attended seven different schools in second grade alone and many others over the years, before her family finally settled in Colorado when Julie was in the eighth grade. Moving so often made it difficult to maintain meaningful relationships, which led her at a very young age to the magic found within the pages of books…lots of books.

In 1995, Julie and her husband packed up their six children, two dogs and neurotic cat, and left their cabin tucked away in the Rocky Mountains and relocated to Louisiana. After taking some time to adjust to living at sea-level, Julie continued her career in education and her passion for literacy.

Julie is now retired and spends most of her time at her writing desk. She often gazes out the window where she’s surrounded by ancient oaks and pecan trees, overlooking a pond that may or may not be home to various snakes and alligators.

Julie has been a member of the SCBWI since 2007. She is currently hard at work on her next middle grade project.