Julia (aka Dr Julia Helene Ibbotson) started writing at the age of 10, stories about farms, horses and dogs. However, sensing that there was probably little possibility of making a living out of it, made her career in education instead. She has been, for many years, a teacher of English, and is now a researcher/senior lecturer/ doctoral tutor/consultant in the School of Education at a UK university.
Then a few years ago after experiencing a eureka moment, she decided to return to creative writing, first publishing a gentle account of the trials and tribulations of moving to the heart of the countryside and renovating a Victorian rectory.
Woven into her book is the evidence of her love of cooking for the family – what greater delight can you have than cooking for people you love, and sitting around the table together to share scrumptious food? She shares favourite and historic recipes with her readers in her book, now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as a paperback or ebook, and at bookstores in the UK. It’s entitled The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen. Julia hopes that her readers too will make the kitchen and dining room the heartbeat of the family.
Catching the writing bug, she published her debut novel, the first book of a trilogy, called Drumbeats, set in West Africa in the 1960s, a place and time which fascinates her. She is also busy writing guest blogs, reading reviews, and doing interviews for her international book tours.
In 2015 Julia signed a contract with the publisher Endeavour Press and you can see the new ebook cover below. The second novel in the series, called Walking in the Rain, was published in 2015 and Julia is working on the third (Finding Jess)which will be published later in 2017.
Her first children’s book was published in November 2014; a tale of dragons, knights and a boy who slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe to find a medieval fantasy land and a quest to undertake.
Julia and her work have been featured widely in the media in the UK, USA, Australia and elsewhere, in articles, reviews, and blogs and guest blog series.
She is a member of the Historic Novel Society, the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.
Julia has also written extensively in the academic field of socio-linguistics, gender, and leadership. One of Julia’s academic works is Talking the Walk: do men and women leaders talk differently to their teams?
She is married to a retired medical scientist and has four children and four little grandchildren. She loves reading, choral singing, hiking, gardening, cooking for family and friends, country life, and travelling. She also spends time swimming, and relaxing with yoga and pilates.