Long ago when Julia Richardson wrote her first words, her teacher scratched her head in puzzlement. Julia was a good student, but her writing was a scrambled mess of gobbledygook. After months of practice, Julia’s writing remained unchanged. One day, her teacher had a brilliant idea. She took Julia’s writing to a mirror. Voila! Upside-down, perfect writing! Julia had dyslexia.
Because of her dyslexia, Julia’s least favorite subject throughout school and into college was writing. When her University English professor said to the class, “This student has the makings of a writer” and proceeded to read Julia’s paper aloud, Julia waited for the joke to be revealed. But it wasn’t a joke. Her professor admired her writing! A spark flickered in Julia’s heart. It took three decades for that spark to flare and then five years of learning and perseverance before Julia had an offer of publication.
Julia writes middle grade stories and picture books. She is the first-place winner of Rate Your Story's 2017 picture book contest. Her debut picture book is pending publication from Sleeping Bear Press.