I’m honored to introduce myself as the newest member of Let the Words Flow, and I hope my presence here will add to what is already an awesome community of writers.
My name is Julie Eshbaugh, and I’m forty (something) years old. Having grown up outside of Philadelphia, I spent my first few years after high school traveling widely and living in places as varied as Provo, Utah; Paris, France; and New York City. When I finally settled down back home in Philadelphia, I graduated summa cum laude from Rider University.
I’ve written two-and-a-half novels. The first was written when I was thirty and is an unpublished legal thriller. I came close to landing representation for that manuscript, but I just didn’t love it the way an author needs to love their work in order to take it all the way. After that first novel, I focused my artistic energies on filmmaking and eventually online video. I made two short films (the second of which showed at film festivals around the country) and then spent several years producing an online video series about a teenage boy. That series, “Dylan’s Couch,” achieved a respectable amount of success and received several honors from the Webbie Awards.
A few chapters of my unfinished second novel RUNNING TO STAND STILL are posted on Fiction Press. It’s an ‘edgy’ YA about a young woman’s descent into drug addiction in NYC’s East Village of the 1980s. I began that novel in 2008 but found it too emotionally draining to finish at the time, although it’s close to complete. I hope to return to that novel in the future.
My third novel is the one that got me my agent. Currently untitled, the manuscript managed to get me two offers of representation, and I ultimately decided to sign with Natalie Fischer of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Natalie is fantastic; she has offered me tremendous support and advice in revising the manuscript.
I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the wonderful LTWF readers!
Julie is currently working on revisions with her agent and brainstorming ideas for future projects.