My name is Julie Lawson and I'm an author. I write books for children and young adults - picture books, chapter books, short stories and novels. I also juggle swords, swallow fire, lift mega-ton anchor chains - no, that's a lie. Even though I write fiction, I shouldn't tell tales on my website.

I always wanted to be an author. Writing a story, getting it published, seeing it on a library shelf with my name on it - for years I imagined how great that would be. And know what? It's better than I'd imagined. Sure, it's hard work. But it never seems like work when you're doing something you love. It seems more like play.

Writing a book is also like travelling. When I start out with my characters, I never know what's going to happen. I explore and make discoveries.

I hope you'll stay around and explore my website. Pick a destination. See what you discover. And thanks for dropping by.