Publishing Highlights


Into the Free

Feb. 2012, David C. Cook
June 2016, HarperCollins

  • Starred review by Publishers Weekly
  • New York Times Bestseller 
  • USA Today Top 150 
  • International bestseller (Dutch Christian Fiction list)
  • 2013 Christy Award, Best Debut 
  • 2013 Christy Award, Book of the Year
  • 2013 Mississippi Library Association Fiction Award 
  • 2013 Shortlist Finalist, Alex Award
  • 2013 Shortlist Finalist, INSPYs Award
  • 2013 Books-a-Million Summer Pick 
  • March 2012 Read of the Month, Southern Literary Review
  • 2013 Pulpwood Queens Selection
  • Best Read of 2012 by LifeWay
  • Best Read of 2012 by USA Today
  • 2013 Starkville Reads Summer Pick
  • 2013 Hernando Public Library Book Club Summer Series
  • Finalist for University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience 
  • Optioned for feature film
  • Published in audio, paperback, e-book, largeprint, and hardcover library editions
  • Published in Dutch, German, Norwegian, and Romanian
  • 2016 Target Read


Sept. 2013, David C. Cook
July 2016, HarperCollins

  • Best Read of 2013 by USA TODAY
  • Rave reviews by USA Today and Publishers Weekly
  • Best Read of 2013 by LifeWay
  • October 2013 Read of the Month, Southern Literary Review
  • 2014 Pulpwood Queens International Bookclub Selection
  • 2014 Finalist in the EPCA Christian Book Awards
  • 2014 Shortlist Fiction Finalist for INSPYs Award
  • Published in audio, e-book, paperback, largeprint, and hardcover library editions
  • 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction


Jan. 2016, HarperCollins


  • Starred Review by Library Journal
  • Best Read of 2016 by Library Journal
  • 2016 Ingram Pick
  • 2016 Okra Pick (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance)
  • Top Pick of 2016 by RT Reviews
  • 2016 Book of the Year Pulpwood Queens International Bookclub
  • Listed as Most Anticipated Read of 2016 by Clarion-Ledger 
  • Listed as Best Winter Read by Deep South Magazine (Feb. 2016)
  • 2016 Shortlist Fiction Finalist for INSPYs Award
  • 2016 Shortlist Finalist for Southern Book Award
  • Published in audio, e-book, paperback, and hardcover library editions
  • 2016 Shortlist Finalist for ACFW Carol Award

ADditional Publications

In addition to novels, Julie also has published two children's books and contributed to the following publications: 

God is with me through the Day (Zonderkidz, 2009) nominated for 2009 Parents’ Choice Awards

God is with me through the Night (Zonderkidz, 2009) nominated for 2009 Parents’ Choice Awards

So Y’all Think You Can Write: Southern Writers on Writing (University Press of Mississippi, 2018; Susan Cushman, Ed.).  An anthology of 26 notable southern writers (13 women, 13 men) including Harrison Scott Key, Clyde Edgerton, Katherine Clark, Patti Callahan Henry, and Lee Smith.

A Second Blooming! Becoming the Women we are Meant to Be (Mercer Press, 2017; Susan Cushman, Ed.). An anthology composed of 25 notable female authors including Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, Natasha Trethewey, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Cassandra King Conroy.

When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors (WaterBooks Press, 2015; Nicole Seitz, Ed.). An anthology composed by 18 notable authors, including bestselling novelists Karen White and Lisa Wingate as well as South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. This collection was created in response to the Thousand Year Flood in South Carolina and all proceeds were designated for disaster relief efforts. It was named a finalist for the 2015 Pat Conroy Literary Award.

NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible: Finding Strength Through God’s Eternal Perspective (Zondervan, 2014; Timothy Beals, Ed.)

Seven Hills Review: Vol. 19 (CreateSpace, 2014) (Literary judge)

Touch My Tears: Choctaw Stories from the Trail of Tears (Rockhaven, 2013; Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer, Ed.)

Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts: Four Stories and a Poem about Fire Safety (We Are Teachers, 2013; Erin MacPherson, Ed.) A collection of reading materials and activities distributed at no cost to all public school teachers for Fire Safety Week through the Sparky the Fire Dog campaign. It is available for free digital download across all platforms.

Seven Hills Review: Vol. 18 (CreateSpace, 2013) (Literary judge)

Mississippians II (The Nautilus PublishingCo., 2011)

Mississippians (The Nautilus Publishing Co., 2010)

The Mommy Diaries, Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure  (Revell, 2008; Tally Flint, Ed.)

The Wonder of Girls: The World Through a Girl’s Eyes by Karen Henrich (Cumberland House, 2007)

The Write Words by Crystal Dawn Perry (ed), (ClearSky Publishing, 2007)

Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschooler’s Soul: Stories to Refresh the Soul and Rekindle the Spirit of Moms of Little Ones  by Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Maria Nickless, and Elisa Morgan (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2006)

Make Room for Daddy by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall (Zondervan, 2002)

Real Moms by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall (Zondervan, 2002)