J Y Barris is a passionate novelist, an ambitious entrepreneur, and a graphic designer ready to change the world one silly idea at a time. Being creative has always been a part of her life. As a high-spirited child, impromptu storytelling and play-acting were two of her earliest talents. Although her love for English did not start until she was thirteen — it happened after she watched the movie Titanic for the very first time — that love became a huge turning point in her life.

"I would borrow book after book from the public library. One day I stumbled upon 'Flowers in the Attic' by V.C. Andrews and I just fell in love reading it.

I've wanted to write a novel of my own ever since."

There are many great authors she admires, Stephen King and Louisa May Alcott just to name a few, but one in particular is the late V.C. Andrews. Her work has been an inspiration to Julie for years, and is her initial drive to become a professional writer.

Today, whenever possible, she encourages others to write too.

"You don't have to have the most exciting life to write. If you have a story to tell, tell it; or better yet, write it. The sky is the limit.

Let your imagination run free and your creativity will shine through you."

On a side note: Julie has a bachelor's degree in Finance and MIS from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnesota with her all-supportive, genius of a husband, Sam, and their two cats. In her spare time she cooks and tries to eat healthy, and occasionally jams on her acoustic. Life's as good as it gets to this city girl turned suburb artist.

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