acting and improv comedy at Chicago's Second City theater:
(Studying acting is great training for a writer.)
I was eventually able to combine my love of comedy and writing by
working in the world of television:
I enjoyed writing scripts, but then I discovered young adult fiction, and
fell in love with the genre. While I was learning the craft of writing
novels, I worked as a teacher's aide and as a freelance artist for
magazines like The New Yorker and Reader's Digest.
My first novel was Say Goodnight, Gracie. Over the years the novel
has been used in grief counseling by mental health professionals
to help kids and adults who have experienced loss. The 20th
Anniversary Edition of Say Goodnight, Gracie is now in stores.
After Say Goodnight, Gracie was published, readers asked for a new
book that would focus on Dr. Hackett (Morgan's aunt) and her work as
a psychiatrist, and so I created Jamie as a troubled young woman who
comes to the doctor for help in The Night I Disappeared. Morgan plays
a supporting role as a friend to Jamie in this book. If you get a chance
to read The Night I Disappeared, please let me know if you guessed
the surprise twist at the end!
You can contact me by clicking the e-mail link above, or by sending
e-mail to me at JulieDeaver@aol.com. I love to hear from my readers
and I do my best to answer everyone who writes to me.
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I was born and raised in Glen Ellyn,Illinois.
I've always known that I wanted to be a
writer and I've written all my life. I grew up
in a very creative family.My mother was an
artist and homemaker and my father was an advertising
writer. My brother Jeffery Deaver is also an author. He
has just written the new James Bond novel, Carte Blanche.
Sometimes readers ask me if my books are based on things
that have really happened to me. Although the stories are
fictional, I borrow a lot of details from my own life for my novels.
In Say Goodnight Gracie, for example, Morgan and Jimmy attend
Glenbard West, my old high school. And, like Morgan, I studied
writes best-selling novels, including the popular Lincoln Rhyme series