Julia is the author of five internationally published novels: Cuckoo, Every Vow You Break, Tarnished, The Long Fall and Her Husband’s Lover. Reckoning that the term psychological thriller didn’t do her work justice, she coined the phrase Domestic Noir to describe her particular sub-genre of crime fiction. The term has since gone into general usage.
She came to fiction through a series of careers that took in theatre directing, play writing, teaching, graphic and website design and children’s book writing and illustration. She is currently working on her sixth novel and a screenplay. She is a Visiting Fellow on the UEA MA Creative Writing Crime Fiction, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Brighton. She also teaches for Faber Academy and the National Centre for Writing. With fellow Crime Writer William Shaw, she runs The Brighton Crime Wave, a bi-monthly crime fiction night. She writes in a shed at the bottom of her garden in Brighton, in the company of her two cats, Keith and Sandra.