Julie Tollefson grew up in the sand hills of Southwest Kansas and now makes her home in the northeast corner of the state. She landed her first paying writing gig just out of high school, investigating such hard-hitting stories as “Do blondes really have more fun?” and “Does father know best?” for her hometown newspaper. After stints as a copy editor for a daily newspaper and an editor in a corporate technical writing department, Julie joined the ranks of academia as communications director for an educational research unit. She is now editor of the Kansas Geological Survey.

Julie has an amateur, but enthusiastic, interest in nature photography. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the organization’s Border Crimes chapter. Her short story, “Keeping Up Appearances,” appears in Fish Nets: The Second Guppy Anthology (2013, Wildside Press). She is at work on her first novel.