Julia DeVillers

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Julia DeVillers:

WinnerGrew 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.

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.
Julia
Was pen pals with one of her favorite authors, Frank Bonham, for eight years.

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.

Had a cameo in the Disney Channel movie "Read it and Weep" based on her book.
Childhood
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)

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 for books to film by Addison Duffy of UTA.

Disney Channel cameo

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

Black and white author photo by Nathan Bielski