Author Literary Journalism

Julie’s Journal

“What’s the story”

“What’s the story”

I’ve spent most of my life telling other people’s stories. It’s what drives me. Story is how I relate to the world. When Pulitzer-prize winning author Tom French speaks of storytelling, I finally feel understood. He says, “Stories are our defense against randomness. If the world is defined by the tension between…



How ‘Blasted’ Came to Be

How ‘Blasted’ Came to Be

When Luke Murphy walked into the small conference room at his real estate office, I had this odd sense that I would be writing his story. I’d been told he was a wounded warrior, but he was dressed in khaki slacks, so there was no hint of his injury. And, besides, I wrote about courageous men and women at sheriffs’ offices for nearly 20 years. It took a lot to impress me….



Luke Murphy inspires in ‘Blasted by Adversity’

Luke Murphy inspires in ‘Blasted by Adversity’

Tallahassee Democrat Book Review by Retired Navy Commander Dennis Baker: This is the real deal. “Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior,” is by far the best account of one warrior’s trip to hell and back. My search is over for the map to give to those who suffer the wounds of war and desperately need someone like retired Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy to model how to heal and move on.