Writing Heroes: Julie Musil

For a long time now, Angela and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Angela and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact…people who truly are Writing Heroes.

Julie MusilJulie Musil has a knack for picking apart books to find out what makes them successful. This is an invaluable ability for writers, and since we can’t read every book out there, it’s nice when someone knowledgeable breaks them down for us. I’ve learned a lot about the writing craft from these posts alone.

I’ve also learned a lot about Julie through her blog. She’s not afraid to be honest about herself. The few stories she’s shared about herself and her family have endeared me to her because she is clearly an inspiring mom. She finds wisdom and inspiration in the smallest, everydayish things, and that is wisdom in itself.

And this may be a little goofy, but I am just blown out of the water by any blogger who responds personally to comments. It’s so hard for me to do (as you all obviously know), and I think someone who accomplishes this shows a superior level of caring for and commitment to their followers. I know how special I feel when she replies to a comment of mine, and anyone who attends to others with such a sacrifice of time is a hero in my book!

So, thank you Julie, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, woman!

To pay it forward, Angela or I will give a 1000 word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. These writers can then choose to keep it for themselves or offer it as a giveaway on their blog! All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header!

So tell me Musers…do you know Julie? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO! 


Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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Julie Musil
8 years ago

Cynthia, Jemi, and Catherine…thanks so much for you kind words!


Julie is definitely a writing hero. She takes snippets of real life and works tbem seamlessly into writing lessons with honesty and charm. And all the scary publication things to come seem less scary with Julie tackling them with us. You rock Julie!
Thanks Angela, Merry Christmas!

Jemi Fraser
8 years ago

Another fantastic choice! Julie is a wonderful blogger – wise, funny and honest 🙂

Cynthia Chapman Willis

Hurray for Julie! I love her blog! Great, great pic, ladies!

Julie Musil
8 years ago

Yep, Lisa is totally a BFF and a guiding light on this wild and crazy journey.

Janet, thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

8 years ago

I don’t know Julie,but I hopped over to her blog and became a follower, so I can get to know her :o)

Lisa Gail Green
8 years ago

As usual I’m late to the party! ACK!!! You KNOW Julie is my hero, and I’m lucky enough to call her one of my BFF’s. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! Great choice!!

Julie Musil
8 years ago

Golden Eagle, Julie, and Kathleen, thanks so much! I appreciate it.

Traci,it’ll be great to “see” you and get to know you!

Thanks again Becca & Angela. *mwah*

Traci Kenworth
8 years ago

Will check out Julie’s blog. Any recommendation of yours is a good choice. Thanks!!

Kathleen Doyle
8 years ago

What a great idea Muses! I would have to agree about Julie. There have been so many days where I go to her blog and whatever block I have with my writing lifts just by searching the archives (it’s the same with *this* blog too=)

Julie Hedlund
8 years ago

Julie IS a hero! So glad you featured her. 🙂

The Golden Eagle
8 years ago

Julie is one of my favorite bloggers. 🙂 Her posts are awesome!

Julie Musil
8 years ago

Thanks so much, ladies! And I’ve loved having the new visitors to my blog. How fun it is to get to know more writers 😀

Susan Flett Swiderski
8 years ago

No, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Julie yet, but I’ll rectify that situation right now. Thanks for the recommendation.

8 years ago

Yay for Julie! She is definitely one of my heroes. She’s so inspiring and is always there with a kind word and ready to support.

Ghenet Myrthil
8 years ago

This is a great series and Julie is a perfect choice for a writing hero! I love her blog and she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve “met”. 🙂

Angela Brown
8 years ago

A wonderful pick for the Writing Hero. The reason shared are awesome and inspiring themselves.

Martha Ramirez
8 years ago

This is so awesome! Nice to meet you, Julie!

Loree Huebner
8 years ago

I have been a follower and regular reader Julie’s blog for some time now. Congrats Julie! She’s awesome!

8 years ago

Thanks for pointing us to Julie’s blog. I am now a “follower” and look forward to learning from her.


Julie Musil
8 years ago

Um, I meant “you and Angela” in my comments. #fail

Thanks so much! And big thanks to Nicole, Laura, Sarah, Marissa & Martina, and Theresa for the kind words. I appreciate it!

Theresa Milstein
8 years ago

I’m glad to see Julie featured on your blog. She’s left many supportive comments on my posts over the years.

Julie Musil
8 years ago

Holy cow, are you serious? Thanks SO much for your kind words. This whole writing community ROCKS and you and Becca are a huge reason for this.

I hope all the amazing Musers have a wonderful holiday!

Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing

This is a FABULOUS choice. YES!!!!!! And Ange and Becca, you ladies are wonderful for doing this series. Stuff like this is just one more reason I love the Bookshelf Muse site — but there are too many reasons to name them all. 🙂

Hugs to you and Julie,


Sarah Pearson
8 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly with this choice. I’ve been following Julie for a while now and have learned plenty. More than that though, she’s a nice person 🙂

Nicole Zoltack
8 years ago

Julie is just plain awesome! I love her and she is definitely a great choice.

Laura Pauling
8 years ago

Another great choice! I love Julie’s blog! 🙂

Angela Ackerman
8 years ago

Julie is a terrific pick–she’s definitely one of the most genuine and caring folks out there and is such a great example of a writer who keeps striving to improve and connect with other writers. She’s especially adept at characterization–an area I struggle with, so I really appreciate how she gives back to the community, sharing what she knows. 🙂

Hooray for Julie–such an amazing and giving person. A perfect writer to profile as we enter the holiday season and all it stands for!