Julia Schuster 

Julia Horst Schusters novel, FLOWERS FOR ELVIS, will be published in April 2009. Her award-winning short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of commercial and literary publications, including SandScript (Emerald Coast Writers, 2003, 04), Living by Faith (Obadiah Press, 2003) A Cup of Comfort for Sisters (Adams Media, 2006), and On Grandma's Porch (BelleBooks, 2007), Women. Period. (Spinsters Ink 2008). Julia holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a 2008 West Tennessee Writing Project fellow at the University of Tennessee at Martin and is certified as a State of Tennessee Teacher Consultant through the National Writing Project. Julia leads seminars and writing workshops for literary organizations and schools, and speaks publicly about writing, the writing life and her Catholic faith. As a journalist for Florida Interactive Newspapers, this opinionated belle redefined the expression, "a piece of my mind" in her weekly column titled "Ask a Southern Mother." She was a student editor for the national literary journal, The Louisville Review in 2005, and was the 2006 first place honoree in fiction in the Kentuckian Metroversity Literary Competition. Julia is the founder and past-president of Emerald Coast Writers, Inc., a non-profit literary organization in Northwest Florida and was a founding member of the Queens Writers Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Romance Writers of America, and serves on the board of directors of River City Romance Writers. She is also an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Kentucky. Julia now lives in Memphis, Tennessee, her childhood home, where she teaches Theology and Creative Writing at a Catholic school.
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