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Julie Hawkins

Julie Hawkins

J.D.R. Hawkins is an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award winning author. She is one of a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her "Renegade Series" includes "A Beautiful Glittering Lie," winner of the 2013 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and the 2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion, "A Beckoning Hellfire," also an award winner, and "A Rebel Among Us," winner of the 2017 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. The fourth book in the series, Double-Edged Sword, has received the 2022 B.R.A.G. Medallion, as well as the 2023 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. All four books tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the Civil War. She has also written a nonfiction book about the War Between the States titled "Horses in Gray." Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women's Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. She is also an artist and a singer/songwriter. Learn more about her at http://jdrhawkins.com.

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Double-Edged Sword: A Novel of Reconstruction Book Four of the Renegade Seriesby J.D.R. HawkinsPublish: Apr 18, 2022Series: Renegade SeriesHistorical Fiction
A Beckoning Hellfire
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A Beckoning Hellfireby J.D.R. HawkinsPublish: Aug 05, 2021Series: Renegade SeriesHistorical Fiction
A Rebel Among Us
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A Rebel Among Usby J.D.R. HawkinsPublish: Aug 04, 2021Series: Renegade SeriesHistorical Romance
A Beautiful Glittering Lie: A Novel of the Civil War
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A Beautiful Glittering Lie: A Novel of the Civil Warby J.D.R. HawkinsPublish: Jan 31, 2020Series: Renegade SeriesHistorical Fiction
Horses in Gray: Famous Confederate Warhorses
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Horses in Gray: Famous Confederate Warhorsesby J. D. R. HawkinsPublish: Jun 29, 2017History

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Julie Hawkins Interview On 23, Aug 2022

"Bestselling author Julie Hawkins was born in Sioux City, Iowa. She started writing stories when she was in junior high. She is one of a few female Civil War authors. Her Renegade Series includes A Beautiful Glittering Lie, A Beckoning Hellfire, A Rebel Among Us, and Double-Edged Sword. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter."
Tell us a little bit about your childhood and where you grew up.

I was born in Sioux City, Iowa. When I was one, my parents and I moved to Phoenix, but we moved back to Sioux City when I was six. I have one sister who is two years younger than me.

Were you a big reader as a kid too?

I was not much of a reader when I was a kid, although I did like some books that are banned now, like Animal Farm and The Outsiders.

At what age did you begin writing your first story?

I started writing stories when I was in junior high, and they were mostly about my friends. Before that, I wrote poems and songs.

Which of your childhood dreams was the first to die?

Believe it or not, I wanted to be a jockey because I love horses. But my family lived in the city and I ended up being way too tall.

Who all are a part of your family?

I have a wonderful husband who I have been married to for over 40 years. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. My husband and youngest son are not really readers, but my older son has helped me out tremendously with my books. He helps to edit them, helped me come up with catch phrases, and even came up with the title for my most recent book.

How did you come up with the idea for your book, A Beckoning Hellfire?

The idea came to me as I thought about what my protagonist must have felt, experiencing his first battle. He wants to be part of the excitement, but once he is in it, he realizes it is hell.

What are the challenges of writing a nonfiction book?

Lots of research and precise descriptions. I try to incorporate dialogue where I can, so it is not such a boring, textbook read.

As a writer, what consumes most of your time?

Research and plotting out the story lines.

What is the best review you have gotten for your book, Rebel Among Us?

I have received numerous five-star reviews for this book, as well as some very flattering reviews from editorial reviewers.

What is your writing dream? How close do you think you are to achieving it?

I recently became a bestseller, which was a dream. I would like to find an agent so that I can potentially sell more books.

How many hours in a day do you write? Typically, 3-6 hours. Have you ever pulled an all-nighter writing?


What did being an author mean to you as a child?

It meant being an exceptional storyteller. What does it mean to you now? The same thing, only being able to incorporate elaborate detail and character arcs.

Do you ever leave book reviews on other authors' books?

Yes. What do reviews mean to you? They help the ranking of my books, and give me insight into what my readers think.

How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written?

So many! Can you tell us about one? I am in the process of writing the fifth and final book in the Renegade Series. The story will open with my protagonist traveling out west in search of his pot of gold.

When did you join AllAuthor? Several years ago. What has your experience been like?

My experience with AllAuthor has been fantastic. They support authors and provide tools that help us get the word out about our books.

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