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Author With Local Roots Speaks At Annual Series

15 May 2017 4:11 PM | Anonymous

The following review of Tuesday night’s guest author for the Friends of the Library was written by board member Florence Allen

Writer based book on location in Marysville

Julie Flanders, currently a writer and a research librarian, spoke to Marysville residents and students on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  She began her talk by telling us that her parents took her to the local library as a child and that her favorite books were about animals.

Although she loved to write and was a technical writer, she kept telling herself that she could not write creatively.  She volunteered to write for the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary in Utah.  She wrote articles and stories about animals for several magazines including “Cat Fancy”.  She realized she loved writing the stories and knew that her life was richer and more satisfying.

She became acquainted with the Sunrise Sanctuary located on Martin Welsh Road which is off of Route 31 with a Marysville mailing address.  She has created children’s books designed for beginning readers about the animals at the sanctuary.  Her first book, Baby Moo, is about a calf that wants to be a singer and travel the world.  She is working on additional books about the animals that she has come to know, who live at the sanctuary.   

In 2010, she wrote an article, “What Else Is Possible?”   The article was accepted by a magazine and published.  She continued to write articles for magazines, but again she did not envision herself as a novelist.  One night after a dream involving an ocean liner, she began thinking about creating a full length book.  She loved stories and history about the Artic and Alaska and was fascinated by a 24 hour night.  These dreams and thoughts became the basis for her book, Polar Night.  Two years later, she published Polar Day.  

Flanders’s very first job was in Marysville as a social worker.  She was very excited to be invited back to Marysville by the Friends of the Library to talk about her books that have been published and the one she is working on now.

The message that she wanted to give to everyone in the audience was to not tell yourself that you can’t do something.  Even though you think you can’t do something, try anyway.

Flanders encouraged members of the audience to ask questions.  After the question and answer session, members of the audience were invited to purchase books that the author autographed.  The people in the audience visited with her and told her how much they appreciated learning about her work as an author.

 For information about becoming a member of the Friends of the Library and the programs they sponsor visit or contact Bethany Anderson at or 642-1876.

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