Julie Cohen grew up in a small town in Maine, USA. After earning a summa cum laude degree with honours in English from Brown University and Cambridge University, Julie moved to the UK to do a research degree in fairies in Victorian children’s literature. As fairies have few practical applications, she got a job teaching secondary school English, joining the RNA and writing in the evenings and holidays.
Three weeks after she gave the first-ever workshop on writing sex scenes at an RNA conference in 2004, she sold her first novel. Since then she has been shortlisted for the Romance Prize once, and for RoNAs three times. Her novel TOGETHER won the Contemporary Romantic Novel Award in 2018. She has twice been a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and her novels have been translated into seventeen languages.
Julie has taught creative writing for The Guardian, Literature Wales and Penguin Random House, among others, and is a frequent speaker at RNA events. She runs an oversubscribed writing consultancy and many of her clients have gone on to publication.