Julia DeVillers

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Julia DeVillers:

Grew up in Albany, New York. Now lives in New Albany, Ohio.


Has an identical twin, Jennifer Roy, who is six minutes older and an inch shorter. Winner

Has a younger but taller sister, Amy, who looks like their triplet.

Is the daughter of a Holocaust child survivor.

Is a Daughter of the Revolution.

Truly believed she was Batgirl.

Won a national writing contest with the unfortunate name of "Cappy Dick." (Even at her young age, she knew not to wear the prize t-shirt.)

Spent vacations at her grandparents' farm racing garter snakes and riding tandem bikes; tobogganing and tapping maple syrup.

Was pen pals with one of her favorite authors, Frank Bonham, for eight years.
Mr. T
Worked at Chuck E. Cheese, as Chuck E. Cheese.

Worked as a college bartender, as Mr. T's ("I pity the fool!") media escort and as the editorial director of a textbook publishing company.

Created the first retail branded book series for girls. USA Today called her 14-book series for Tween Brands (Justice/Limited TOO) "a novel approach for retailers."

Met her husband in college; he was president of the fraternity next door to her sorority house.
Childhood
Had a cameo in the Disney Channel movie "Read it and Weep" based on her book.

Had SWAT bodyguard protection for a few interesting years thanks to her husband's job.

Lived in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia for a year.

Lives with her husband, daughter and son and maltipoo in Columbus, Ohio.


The Serious Bio

Julia DeVillers is a bestselling and award-winning author of middle grade and YA books, including:

Fiction:
HOW MY PRIVATE PERSONAL JOURNAL BECAME A BESTSELLER, which was adapted into the Disney Channel Original Movie "Read it and Weep." She has a cameo in the movie. (Dutton)
TRADING FACES series with co-author and identical twin, Jennifer Roy (Simon & Schuster)
EMMA EMMETS, PLAYGROUND MATCHMAKER series (Razorbill)
LIBERTY PORTER, FIRST DAUGHTER series (Simon & Schuster)
• An upcoming untitled middle grade trilogy for HarperCollins

Nonfiction:
GIRLWISE: HOW TO BE CONFIDENT, CAPABLE, COOL AND IN CONTROL (Random House)
• AUDITIONOLOGY: A GUIDE TO AUDITIONING FOR KIDS AND TEENS with Nickelodeon casting director Harriet Greenspan

Julia also created the first retail branded book series for girls. USA Today called her 14-book series for Tween Brands (Justice/Limited TOO) "a novel approach for retailers." She has appeared on the major television networks and in the New York Times as an expert on tween girls.

Julia DeVillers has a communications degree from SUNY Oswego and a master's degree in journalism with a concentration in children's literature from The Ohio State University.

She is represented by Mel Berger at WME.

Disney Channel cameo

Julia and her daughter in a cameo in "Read it and Weep"