Julie Lavender won a spot in the 2014 Guideposts Writing Contest, joining ten other winners in beautiful Rye, New York for a weeklong study under top, New York-based Guideposts editors. Since winning that contest, Julie has been chosen for six Refresher Workshops to learn from Guideposts editors Edward Grinnan, Rick Hamlin, and Amy Wong. Julie's work appears in four of Guideposts widely-read publications, in a special Christmas edition, in two Guideposts anthologies, and on the Guideposts.org site with homeschooling posts and a recent nature slideslow. Additionally, Julie contributes monthly to Just18Summers.org and The Write Conversation, writes for her local newspaper, authored 365 Days of Celebration and Praise, Creative Sleepovers for Kids, and contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul compilations and magazines like Clubhouse, Today’s Christian Woman, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, Refresh, Southern Writers, Book Fun, Mature Living, Country Woman, ParentLife, and Taste of Home. The author feels especially blessed to have won a number of contest awards at various writing conferences, including Selah Finalist and Serious Writer’s Writer of the Year Finalist. Julie is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency. Wife to David, Julie has two sons, two daughters, one son-in-love, and a precious grandson. Julie has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. Follow Julie on social media and at julielavender.net.