Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.
Julia is a bisexual writer. She regularly takes part in events for queer teens. A world traveler since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries. Her travels inspire the fantasy worlds she creates, though she populates them with magic and monsters.
Julia began her writing career 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 novel, Unicorn Tracks, which also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. Her second novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss will be released by Interlude Press in May 2017. The book was heavily influenced by Julia’s postgraduate work in Medieval Literature at The University of St. Andrews. It is now responsible for her total obsession with beluga whales.
In August 2017, her third novel and the start of her first series, Tiger's Watch, will come out with Harmony Ink Press. In writing Tiger's Watch, Julia has taken her love of cats to a new level.
nice things people have said about my books
The Seafarer's Kiss:
"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
"The concept was so fresh and original, and the characters were adorable and rich. With shades of The Monstrumologist and The Abyss Surrounds us, I highly recommend Unicorn Tracks!" – Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere.
"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.