About Me

julieI am the author of Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada, a memoir about the time my husband and I paddled 1,700 miles from Wisconsin to northern Saskatchewan—then wintered over on a remote island. No electricity, no running water, and no people.

I live in Wisconsin, near Lake Superior, with my husband (yep, we’re still married), two children, a rat terrier named Elton, and a recreational kennel of huskies—Athena, Zeus, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Pyro, Neo, Flin Flon, Riise, Deerton, and Expo. I am passionate about history, especially women’s history, which I studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. I worked as a small-town reporter for most of my adult life and in recent years, switched over to running the communications office at Northland College, where I sometimes teach writing and journalism as an adjunct.

Published in 2013, Paddling to Winter was shortlisted for several awards including the Foreword Book of the Year in adventure, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards, and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.

I love presenting to groups around the Midwest about my canoe trips, dogsledding adventures, travels with kids, and girl empowerment. Email me or find me on Instagram or  Twitter.