Drama Queens In The House
Sixteen year old Jessie Jasper Lewis doesn't remember a time in her life when she wasn't surrounded by method actors, bright spotlights, and feather boas. Her parents started the Jumble Players together, and theater is the glue that keeps her crazy family together. Jessie's the only one who's not sure she has a future in the theater. But when she discovers her father's cheating on her mother with a man, Jessie feels like her world is toppling over. And on top of everything else she has to deal with a delusional aunt who is predicting the end of the world. Jessie certainly doesn't feel ready to be center stage in the production that is her family. But where does she belong in all of this chaos?
About Julie Williams (Twin Cities, Minnesota Author)
Julie Williams is the author of two young adult novels: Drama Queens In The House and Escaping Tornado Season, a novel in verse. In addition to her novel in poems, she has published in many small press journals and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Julie has worked as an actor, secretary, counselor, theatrical costumer, teacher, grant writer, playwright, and theatrical director. She’s worked in theater companies, hospitals, universities, and even for a Hollywood caterer. For the past decade whenever she’s not writing or facilitating writing and art workshops, you’ll find her in her studio up to her ears in art supplies and found objects, all used to create fiber art and mixed media collage/assemblage.
Julie has been an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 1988, serving the Los Angeles region as a conference coordinator, KITE TALES designer, and for three years as co-regional advisor. Now that she and her husband have moved back to Minnesota, she is a member of The Loft (one of the country’s oldest and most respected literary organizations), as well as WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota), and the Textile Center.