Julie Aitcheson is a writer and educator. She has had articles published in Echo Quarterly, Communities Magazine (formerly Talking Leaves Magazine), Isabella, and All Things Girl. She received a full fellowship to the 2013 Stowe StoryLabs and won second place in the 2014 San Miguel Writers' Conference nonfiction writing competition. In 2018, she was awarded a writing fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Her young adult novels include Being Roy (Finalist, 2017 Bisexual Book Awards) and First Girl, both from Harmony Ink Press. She is currently at work on a book of personal essays and another young adult novel.
Julie lives wherever her bohemian heart takes her, and wherever she can hit the hiking trails when her muse takes a personal day. She continues to seek out unique life experiences to provide grist for the mill, including her work as a medical actress in a variety of simulation laboratories. As such, she indulges her love of the dramatic arts and her passion for health education while amassing enough writing material to sink a barge.
from harmony ink press
The greatest trial Roy Watkins faces isn’t deciding whether she’s gay or straight, male or female, West Virginia country mouse or prep school artistic prodigy. It isn’t even leaving behind her childhood sweetheart Oscar to attend uppity Winchester Academy in the hunt country of Virginia, or acclimating to a circle of friends that now includes privileged Imogen, her sharp but self-conscious sidekick Bugsy, and the tortured Hadley. No, the hardest thing for Roy to face is the world’s expectations about who and what she should be.
As Roy’s journey of self-discovery forces her to cross one hurdle after another, her identity closes in fast. Sooner than she could have ever predicted, she’ll have to decide what that means for her, the people she’s coming to care about, and the life that lies ahead.
from harmony ink press
Gabi Lowell is half-dead and she doesn’t know why. For as long as she can remember, a mysterious illness has left her starved for air and painfully sensitive to the world around her, until her beloved Gram dies and she discovers that neither she nor her world are what they seem.
That world is one decimated by climate catastrophe and a killer virus. In their wake, Christian fundamentalists have taken over the former United States. The Unitas Fellowship was formed by the Gathering In, during which all faiths but Christianity were dissolved to increase the odds of survival and appease a wrathful God.
When Gabi uncovers the fellowship’s gruesome secret agenda to become “one nation under God” by annihilating the Tribes (the last unconverted bastions of resistance), her Hero’s Journey begins. As the mystery surrounding her true origins and lifelong illness unravels, Gabi reclaims sovereignty over her spirit, and finds a weapon in the secret of her body that could save humanity from the powerful extremists who seek to rule the future.