This is where I get to step out of the shadows of this official website, and tell you a few things you might want to know about me, and several more that you probably don't.
Full name: Julia Edwards
My parents deprived me of a middle name, much to my regret as a child. On the other hand, one of my husband's middle names is Kirby, so maybe not having one isn't all bad.
Age: 40 something
I always have to work it out, so you can do the legwork if you care - I was born in February 1977.
I'm from that under-represented group of women who hate shopping and have no capacity to show interest in shoes, handbags or nails. Sorry.
This is me, as me.
Marital status: married ...
... slightly surprisingly, to the same man for the last 19 years. We've got pretty good at putting up with each other.
Children: three boys
Their ages keep on changing, but roughly speaking, there's one who still boings for hours on the trampoline, one who's a drama queen, and one who's now starting to out-eat me. They've already outnumbered me, and it won't be long till they out-grow me.
Pets: none ...
... which is to say none that I wanted to own. However, the other inhabitants of my house collectively own 2 ferrets, 2 budgies and 9 chickens including 4 cockerels (our neighbours love us). Sadly, these animals do nothing to keep away the deer that maraud through the garden at dawn, dusk and all hours between, eating the flowers.
This is me, as someone else. It was taken to go with a very serious magazine article. My mother encouragingly said, "Why on earth are you looking like that?"
Books: currently the 9 you've seen on here
- plus one for YA readers called 'The Whispering Gift', which I'm still not done with;
- plus the first five chapters of one for adults I've been writing on and off for years, called 'Dancing in the Shadows';
- plus another one in the attic which will never see the light of day, which was how I learnt to write!
Education: University of Cambridge
French and German, which isn't usually relevant to my job, though it's helped a lot with research for 'Dancing in the Shadows'.
Best compliment ever received:
'Some people have a nasty streak. Julia's got a nice streak.'
That was said about me many years ago, and I still treasure it! As a writer, however, I've been hiding my light under a bushel, and all of my books have been broadly nice ... until I let the real Julia step forward and wrote Unlucky for Some.
If there's anything else you want to know, you'll find a slightly more sensible run-down on the Scar Gatherer website. Other than that, email me and ask. If it's a reasonable question, I'll answer. Oh, and you can follow me on two different Facebook pages, if that sort of thing interests you: one for The Scar Gatherer, the other for Unlucky for Some.