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Author Bio

Julia Kelly is the award-winning author of books about ordinary women and their extraordinary stories. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London. She also writes contemporary romance novels as Julia Blake. Readers can visit JuliaKellyWrites.com to learn more about all of her books and sign up for her newsletter so they never miss a new release.


Julia is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim at Prospect Agency.

Professional Associations

Romance Writers of America (USA), Women's Fiction Writers' Association (USA), Romantic Novelists Association (UK)


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First Draught

First Draught is a monthly podcast and YouTube show all about writing craft and career. The show, which features Alexis Anne, Mary Chris Escobar, and Julia Kelly as well as special guests, premieres on the first Tuesday of every month at on iTunes, Soundcloud, YouTube, firstdraughtwriting.com, and in First Draught's designated newsletter.


Julia loves teaching workshops and meeting readers and writers alike. She is able to speak on a variety of topics including Victorian British history, library, archival, and digital research, hybrid publishing, multi-author anthologies, and print and digital journalism.

2018 Romance Writers of America National Conference

  • Writing Synopses That Grip Editors and Agents and Sell Your Book

2018 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference from NECRWA

  • Sell Your Book in 3 Pages: How to Write Gripping Synopses
  • How to Maintain a Brand While Writing Across Subgenres... Or Not (with Megan Erikson and Kristen Strassel)

2015 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference from NECRWA

  • Anthologies (with Audra North)