About Julie

About Julie

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. She is the author of two children’s books as well as Into the Free, which received Christy Awards for Best Debut Novel and Book of the Year 2013 as well as the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award.

This debut novel received a rare starred review by Publishers Weekly and was selected as one of five finalists for the University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience 2014. It also was selected as a best novel of 2013 by LifeWay, USA TODAY, and many bookclubs.

Cantrell’s sophomore novel, When Mountains Move, is the sequel to her debut. Since its release in September 2013, it has been named a 2013 Best Read by LifeWay, was shortlisted for several awards, and won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction.

The Feathered Bone, Cantrell's third novel, is set to release January 2016. 

Publishing Highlights 

INTO THE FREE (Feb. 2012, David C. Cook)

·         Starred review by Publishers Weekly

·         New York Times Bestseller (ebook and combined ebook/print lists)

·         USA Today Top 150

·         The Dutch version landed on international bestseller list for Christian fiction

·         2013 Christy Award for Best Debut Novel

·         2013 Christy Award for Book of the Year

·         2013 Mississippi Library Association Fiction Award (previously awarded to authors including Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Donna Tartt)

·         2013 Shortlisted for Alex Award by Young Adult Library Services Association (signifies crossover to YA audience)

·         2013 shortlist fiction finalist for INSPY Award

·         2013 Books-a-Million Summer Bookclub pick

·         March 2012 Read of the Month, Southern Literary Review

·         2013 Pulpwood Queens international bookclub selection

·         Best Read of 2012 selection by LifeWay Christian Stores and USA Today

·         2013 Starkville Reads summer selection

·         2013 selection for Hernando Public Library Book Club Summer Series (with Mark Childress, Carolyn Haines, Jill Connor Browne)

·         One of 5 finalists for University of Mississippi Common Reading Experience (shortlisted with Natl. Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, as well as Richard Ford, Robert Khayat, and winner Denise Kiernan)

·         Optioned by production company for feature film

·         Published in Dutch, German, Norwegian, and Romanian


WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE (Sept. 2013, David C. Cook)

·         Best Read of 2013 selection USA TODAY

·         Rave reviews by USA Today and Publishers Weekly

·         Best Read of 2013 selection by LifeWay

·         October 2013 Read of the Month, Southern Literary Review

·         2014 Pulpwood Queens international bookclub selection

·         2014 finalist in the EPCA Christian Book Awards

·         2014 shortlist fiction finalist for INSPY Award

·         2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction


For a sample of Julie's Interviews discussing her children's books and novels, check out the following links:

Memphis News discussion regarding children’s books GOD IS WITH ME THROUGH THE DAY and GOD IS WITH ME THROUGH THE NIGHT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H4C8WtQkxU


Backstage interview after receiving The Christy Award for INTO THE FREE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvPd3jJGIVY


Dutch subtitled Welcome to the Rockies clip to introduce Dutch readers to When Mountains Move:



Memphis BookTalk Podcast regarding WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/7/0/8/70817c1baaa7180e/JULIE_CANTRELL_2013_BOOK_TALK.mp3?c_id=6288886&expiration=1448920922&hwt=7ca4f32497c7f140f784fde257ce5597


Julie's acceptance speech for the ACFW Carol Award for WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwBDvaXUgpc



While writing is her profession, Julie considers herself above all else to be a mother, friend, daughter, community activist, and a person of deep faith. She loves people and nature, traveling and learning, and she finds beauty in every aspect of the human journey. Here's a little glimpse into This Author's Life.