JuliAnne Sisung

About me
Iím a mother, an educator, a student, an animal advocate, a scuba and sky diver, a fisherwoman, a guitar and bass player, AND a writer. I am all of those things deep in my soul even though I donít participate in all of them currently or daily.
They make me who I am.

Central Michigan is my home but I like to spend time in Florida, too. I have two cats and two sons and am crazy about all four. My masterís is in English Language and Literature and my doctorate in Higher Education. Both aid in writing which I do every day.

About my writing
My books are set in small towns because thatís what I know best. Except for Sophieís Lies, they are historical fiction in nature. Other than learning about the logging industry and the nineteenth century as a whole, the Family Saga Series required little research. Herseyís history was passed down to me by parents, grandparents and people I knew and listened to as a child.

Idlewild Series was different, and I needed to learn through research. I found few real historical documents about Idlewild but a great deal concerning events of the 1920ís in Michigan and in the nation. It was a time of tribulation for our country, and I used what I learned to describe what could Ė or likely did Ė occur in the nationís largest African American resort prior to the civil rights acts.

Sophie's Lies came about as a result of conversations with many women over a couple of decades. They wanted to hear their voices in my work. They wanted to see the complex arguments they had with themselves in print on the pages of a book. I complied.

Curse of the Damselfly
took a year to write following months of research for the perfect small town. I found Pere Cheney, just south of Grayling, Michigan. It was a railroad and logging town with a fascinating history, and it was waiting for me. I didnít know weíd be living with Covid-19 when I began this book about a diphtheria epidemic. It hit the village in 1893, and some surprising events nourished the novel.

I am often asked how I create characters and events, and I donít have a clear response. I make detailed lists describing new characters and refer to it frequently throughout the writing process, but the people in my books donít always stay where or who I want them to be. They get pushy and go off on their own Ė do their own things. Many such people live in my books, but Harley in the Saga Series is the best example of a man who materialized and wouldnít go away or die off. And I love him. Heís as real to me as someone with flesh and blood. So, I donít know the answer to that question. Wish I did.

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