Saturday, October 13, 2012

Writers4Higher features Julie Cantrell

Welcome to Writers4Higher



The purpose of the Writers4Higher blog: to feature authors in a new light, a fresh look at the way writers use their talents and life energies to uplift humankind. Writers4Higher doesn’t promote religious or political views. Authors are asked to answer three simple questions: simple, yet complex.



This issue, Writers4Higher features
Julie Cantrell



Hi, Julie. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!

1. Tell me about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.

I am a very busy mom of two active kiddos, I teach English as a Second Language to elementary students, and our family operates a sustainable farm where we have laying hens, dairy goats, honey bees, Katahdin hair sheep, and organic fruits and veggies…plus tons of furry friends.

Although writing has always been my way of processing the world around me, I never took a writing class in college. Instead, I earned a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and became a certified speech-language pathologist. Because I am an avid reader, I’ve always wondered if I could write a novel. One day, I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of responses I’ve received from readers of my debut release, Into the Free. Many of them tell me how much the story has helped them heal deep emotional wounds. For me, that has been the most rewarding part of this entire journey, and their positive reactions have inspired me to write a second book in the series which will hit shelves Fall 2013.

2. Where do you see your writing taking you in the future?

I hope my writing will reach those most in need of inspiration and courage. I hope it helps connect readers across the world so each individual understands s/he is not alone. And I hope it promotes cross-cultural communication, helping us all find our common bonds.

3. How do you use your talents/time to help others?

I am passionate about improving the lives of others through literacy outreach. I serve as an active volunteer on the board of the Lafayette County Literacy Council in Mississippi and enjoy working with families across our region. I also volunteer with my children’s various activities and am committed to serving as a liaison between our community and the families I serve through the English Language Learners program in our school district.


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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Julie Cantrell was the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has been a freelance writer for a decade and has contributed to more than a dozen books. Julie and her family now live in Oxford, Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm. A speech-language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie also was honored to receive the 2012 Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship and is working on a creative nonfiction book about her family’s adventures as first-generation farmers. Her second novel will be published by David C Cook and is set to follow her bestselling debut, Into the Free.

Spent Three Weeks  on USA Today Top 150 List (March 1 – March 14, 2012):
Spent Three Weeks on NYT Bestseller E-Book Fiction List
Spent One Week on the NYT Bestseller Combined Print and E-Book List
·         Debuted at Lucky #13 on NYT Bestseller E-Book Fiction List:
·         #21 on NYT Bestseller Combined Print and E-Book Fiction List:
·         #35 on NYT Bestseller E-Book Fiction List (Second week):
·         #32 On NYT Bestseller E-Book Fiction List (Third week):
Thank you for joining us, Julie! Congratulations on your success, hon!

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Rhett DeVane

Fiction with a Southern Twist





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