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.

Recent Posts at Writers Who Kill

The beauty of small-town life
5 February 2017
The ups and downs of living in a place where everyone knows your name.

A writing metaphor in 750 pieces
22 January 2017
How a jigsaw puzzle taught me something new about my husband of 25 years...and how it relates to writing.


Flash and Bang anthology cover

Flash and Bang, the first Short Mystery Fiction Society anthology.

Available from your independent bookstore (ISBN: 9781611878295 -- ask for it!) and Untreed Reads | Barnes and Noble | iBook | Amazon: Paperback | Amazon: eBook |

Publication date: October 2015 Publisher: Untreed Reads

Appearances Cover

Appearances, a short story available from Amazon.

This short story originally appeared in Fish Nets: The Second Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press, 2013)