About Bestselling Author JuliAnne Murphy
First of all, let it be said that I’m not crazy about “About” pages. I mean, really? Can someone really know me (in my bestselling author persona or just as a human being) from a few paragraphs on my very public web page? My guess is suspect at best. We are so much more than a few characters on a page.
But, the About is the first page I go, too, when I get intrigued by someone’s blog post or their book or their latest 160-characters, which means I guess I have to indulge you, doesn’t it? Well…okay.
Perhaps you’ve already guessed this part: I hate convention. It may not look like it from the outside with the calm, put-together demeanor I put forward to the world, but inside, I’m often fighting a manic tug-o-war between my three-year-old and my 17-year old selves. Neither of whom have any interest in doing anything that anyone else has ever told them to do! 🙂
I’m also not big on authority. Which is why I’ve worked for myself for a few years now.
Other notes of interest on me.
I grew up in the Deep South – Arkansas, specifically – in a conservative Religious Right home smack in the middle of a small town. And though I am far from religious these days, most of the time I do think I’m right.
Two of the things that have served me best in this lifetime from my middle-class upbringing were the development of a die-hard work ethic (because no one else was going to do it for you!), and a nose like a greyhound for sniffing out ill-placed participles in everything I read. The latter is the fortunate product of my father’s obsession with drilling his bevy of stair-stepped children on the necessity of impeccable grammar in between bites of homemade granola and yogurt at the breakfast table. (Because make note, no member of the Murphy clan would ever be caught talking with their mouth full!).
I dropped out of college once at 19 to “find myself” during which time I moved to Colorado the first time. Most of what I cultivated during my time off, of course, was an astute interest in the finer aspects of the male species, which led to a string of broken hearts and one broken engagement. Ultimately, I came to and determined that true upward mobility was something I had to do myself and that required a college degree (at least at that point). I completed my undergrad studies with little fanfare at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1994.
Twenty-three years were spent climbing or chasing the corporate ladder as a marketing something or other. I was fortunate to learn from a number of (well-placed) mentors over the years to whom I continue to be eternally grateful. My specialty became marketing places including some of the largest real estate projects in the U.S. and abroad for a number of years which is why “Consultant” appears as part of my Twitter descriptor.
On the recent writing front, I’m the author of two best-selling non-fiction books on Amazon about Panama – The Gringo Guide to Panama: What to Know Before You Go, and The Gringo Guide to Panama II: More to Know Before You Go, and the upcoming future New York Times best seller, Dream Job. The first two were published behind a pseudonym in 2012 and 2014 as I was working a high profile job in Panama (at the time the first one published) and I had no desire for my two very different personas (the high-rolling executive and the outspoken expat) to collide in the public eye and get myself fired in case someone didn’t agree with my perspective.
Yep, that idea didn’t play well with my whole value of Freedom at all…
My third book – Dream Job – is currently being marketed to agents and publishing houses. If you’re one of those and you’d like to receive a proposal before it gets snatched up by someone else, contact me!
While my candor sometimes angers others, it should be remembered that my perspective is only one person’s perspective. I had the good fortune to be born in the good ole U.S.A. and therefore my point of view is from that very opinionated (if flawed) point of view.
What do I value in this life since I turned 40? Love, Abundance, and Freedom. So much so that I had these inscribed in permanent ink on the inside of my wrist in Chinese symbols.
What I spend my time doing reflects these: travel, yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, reading, walking, and beach time. Oh right, and eating out. Oh, yeah, and having someone cook for me. And, when I can afford it, having a private driver drive me around. (That was one of my favorite things about living in Panama…having my own driver for seven-plus years.)
My most recent endeavor – in addition to my writing – is the birth of a new boutique real estate firm, South Pacific Costa Rica Real Estate. If you’re on the hunt for your own tropical oasis, I can help! Click here.
I’ve previously lived in some cool and some not-so-cool towns in Arkansas, Colorado, Panama and Costa Rica.
Thank you for your interest.
(And she exits stage left with a curtsy.)