Julie Gilbert Portraits
Photo by Sarah Byrnes, byrnesart.com

Welcome! I’m glad you found your way to my site. I’m a writer and librarian living in rural Minnesota. I write about quests, cemeteries, race, identity and community, usually through the medium of young adult fiction. I also write flash fiction and the occasional essay. A fun bingo game is to see how many Bruce Springsteen references you can pick out in my work.

Lately I’ve been writing hi-lo books as part of a freelance assignment; I LOVE knowing that my books have the potential to draw people into the magic of reading. Most of my work has a speculative bent, so don’t be surprised to see magic, fantasy and occasional horror themes in my writing.

I invite you to look around my site to get a better sense of my writing. I have a blog, where I post reflections on the ways I find creativity unfolds (or sometimes doesn’t) in my daily life. If you’re looking for book reviews and recommendations, check out What I’m Reading. You can also read some of my published work, too and connect with me on various platforms.

I also love taking photographs of places I love. Here are some previews:

Lake Superior's North Shore
Lake Superior’s North Shore
My front porch
My front porch
Prairie cemeteries
Prairie cemeteries