Julie Tollefson is a writer and editor whose short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including Life is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters with Murder from Mystery Writers of America, and in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, which featured her story “Leah” as its November/December 2018 cover story. In 2016, she received the Hugh Holton Award for unpublished crime fiction manuscripts, given annually by the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. Julie grew up in the sand hills of Southwest Kansas, where she landed her first paying writing gig just out of high school, investigating such hard-hitting stories as “Do blondes really have more fun?” for her hometown newspaper. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s of library and information management from Emporia State University. She and her husband live in northeast Kansas, where she is at work on her first novel.