Hi, I’m Julia. I’m a mother, teacher and author.
I write about everyday experiences that carry a tiny bit of magic. The day my favorite hairbrush broke. The day my father pretended the broom was a saxophone. The day my grandmother told me about Susan L. Taylor.
Growing up in a Black and Brazilian household, I never saw stories in mainstream media about my culture and family. So I write stories where people like me, my siblings and my students can feel seen and worthy.
I am proud to be a member of Black Creators in KidLit, Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12, and SCBWI.
I am proud of all the aspects of my life that weave its way into my writing. My goal is to write stories that, as Maya Angelou phrased it, carry, “The voices of your ancestors who speak to you over ancient seas and across impossible mountaintops.”
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Spaghetti with Marinara & sometimes, don’t judge me . . . hot sauce
In my lavender garden when the bees are out & about