about me

 Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She lives with partner and their city based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life. Julia is a bisexual writer and regularly takes part in events for queer teens.  

Julia began writing at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest in Touch magazine. In 2016, she published her first novella, Unicorn Tracks, with Harmony Ink Press. It also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. Unicorn Tracks was a finalist in the Florida Authors and Publishers’ Association awards for Young Adult fiction.  Her first novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss, was released by Interlude Press in May 2017. It was heavily influenced by her postgraduate work in Medieval literature at the University of St. Andrews. It is now responsible for her total obsession with beluga whales.  

my books 

"A romantic, atmospheric and richly detailed take on The Little Mermaid. I loved it." — Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of The Bone Season

"A beautiful Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid, featuring a young mermaid desperate to break free and a shieldmaiden bent on revenge — dark and romantic, and definitely recommended." — Laura Lam, author of False Hearts and Pantomime. 

"Dive deep into the dark and brutal waters of the northern sea in this lush, original retelling of The Little Mermaid. The Seafarer's Kiss took my breath away." — Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere.

"… plenty of action (spiced up with romance) to keep pages turning." — Kirkus Reviews

"Told in gorgeous, haunting prose that makes you feel the cold of the ice shelf and the murky hidden depths of the sea, The Seafarer's Kiss offers a fairy-tale retelling that will have you hoping that this time the mermaid will get her mate and that happily ever after she never did in the Hans Christian Anderson original."  — USA TODAY,  HEA Blog.​

"Readers will likely compare this tale to Disney's The Little Mermaid and will be pleased with the parallels. The unique elements–the steamy same-sex romance and the interweaving of Norse mythology–give this story a lift." — School Library Journal​



"A unique and refreshing addition to the LGBT YA genre. Diverse and exciting, with some of the best mythical creatures I'm ever seen (those mermaids!)" — Lauren James, author of The Next Together and The Last Beginning. 

"Beautiful YA Romance full of excitement and adventure. Kara and Mnemba's romance is healing and hopeful and lovely to read." — Suki Fleet, author of This is Not a Love Story, Foxes and The Glass House. 



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