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About the Author

Hi, I'm Julie.
Thanks for being here!

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and then Dubuque, Iowa. Many of my earliest memories involve reading. In elementary school I started spinning my own stories.


After briefly considering a career in journalism I studied Social Work at Iowa State University. While there I went to a roller-skating party and met the man who became my husband. After we married and he  graduated I followed him to Texas.

Some time later, after graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas, I worked as a caseworker until I my first of three sons was born. Then, to challenge my mind and preserve my sanity, I turned to writing stories again.

After writing historical romance and romantic suspense novels that will never see the light of day, I wrote a contemporary romance with a cowboy hero. That became Big City Cowboy, my first sale to Harlequin.

Now that my sons have left our Dallas nest, when I'm not writing, I work on home improvement projects, fosters dogs, and visit Texas wineries with my husband.

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Julie Benson Contemporary Western Romance Author
Writing light-hearted contemporary romances set in small western towns where strong women and independent men discover life is better together.
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