Hi. I’m Julie.

I’m a novelist, a humor columnist, and a speaker.

I recently wrote a novel called Lauren Takes Leave.  It’s about a wife, mother, and middle school teacher named Lauren Worthing, who needs some time off from her busy, suburban life.  (Sounds like many of us, right?!  I don’t know where I come up with these things.)  So when a jury duty summons arrives, it creates the perfect alibi for ditching her slightly unfulfilling career, slightly spoiled children, slightly absentee husband, and slightly criminal babysitter.
 With uninhibited friends like Jodi Moncrieff and Kat O’Connell by her side, Lauren takes leave of her senses and embarks on a weeklong pleasure bender. What happens when a dash of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off mixes with a touch of Thelma and Louise?  Things get a bit insane.

Maybe you are visiting my website because you read LTL and liked it. Great!  Thanks! Maybe you haven’t read it yet, but you’ve heard about it from a friend or read my columns in print or online.  Great!  Thanks!  (If you’d like to read the novel, feel free to click on the book cover to your right and buy it from Amazon. The e-book is $3.99 and the paperback for $15.  It is also available for Nook on the B&N site and – I am delighted to add – now from Kobo!)

My 99-year-old grandmother read the book, and according to my her, it’s funny, but there’s too much cursing in it.  (Please review the book after you read it, so that I can post other feedback besides from that.)

I am working on a second novel right now, and I hope to have a draft done by the summer of 2013.  It’s not a sequel to LTL, but it does deal with some similar themes.  However, this second one is really a love story, where I’d say the first novel is more about friendship.  (Well, friendship and marital deceit.)

Now that I’ve got you here, I’d love for you to click around the site.  Perhaps read my blog, which is a combination of articles written for The Huffington Post, The Scarsdale Inquirer, and Scarsdale10583.com.  You can find all of that original material collected here, on this fab website that I didn’t hire a teenager to help me build, but probably should have.  (Thanks to my husband, Brett, for designing it for me and making it work.)

I write with humor and candor about my life, my friends and family, and the particular demands of motherhood and wifedom in modern-day suburbia. I am obsessed with pop culture, television shows, movies, theater, and books. I consider myself a Renaissance woman who can talk at length about highbrow BBC programming as well as the worst of American reality TV.  You can learn more about me from the (duh) About Me page.

Enjoy. And thanks for stopping by!