In this video, I discuss my motivations for writing a memoir, along with the greatest challenge and reward of the journey. Watch below or on YouTube.    Thanks for watching – come back for more videos soon! Big thanks to Alex Withrow for his expert video production skills.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Note: These questions aim to encourage discussion; there are no right/wrong answers. Before reading this book, what did you think of narcolepsy? Did this book change your perception?   When Julie finally brings up her sleepiness with a primary care doctor, Dr. Andrews, the doctor says everyone gets sleepy. Julie has a gut feeling […]


On January 5, 2013, over 40 people came together in Great Falls, Virgina to celebrate my book release.  It was a day I will cherish forever. Old friends and new readers alike gathered at my dear friend Gail’s home. I gave a few remarks and read two favorite passages. Thank you, Gail for hosting such […]


I’m thrilled to release this video, introducing my memoir, Wide Awake and Dreaming: Check back soon for more videos. Thank you Alex Withrow for your expert video production!


Free E-Book Happy Holidays Promotion

by julie on December 23, 2012

On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012, the Kindle edition of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy will be FREE to read for 24 hours.  Don’t have a Kindle? Download a FREE Kindle App here to read on your computer, smartphone or tablet (including iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, Android phone or […]


So excited to share my very first book review here! Written by the amazing blogger Amanda of “Small Steps: A teenager’s look at living with multiple chronic illnesses including an undiagnosed condition, narcolepsy, cataplexy and gluten and lactose intolerance.”  Thank you so much, Amanda! What the experts are saying about my book: “Julie’s memoir describes with eloquence […]


Mark your calendars! Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy will be published and for sale on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  Where to Purchase:The book will be for sale securely through my website and on (along with,,,, and Wider distribution to follow! E-Book: Also on December 15, 2012, the e-book […]


When your book becomes a book…

by julie on November 16, 2012

If you set out to write a book, prepare to dig deep.  For the longest of excruciating long times, you will be “in the process” and have little to show for it. For yourself. For your dream. Just one Word Doc that you keep re-naming with the new date as time rushes by. You will […]


An excerpt from my upcoming narcolepsy memoir, “Wide Awake and Dreaming” is featured in Caring Voice Community Magazine’s Fall 2012 edition.  Also, please check out my accompanying column, “Writing Therapy: How the act of writing can relieve the heaviest of burdens,” where I explore the challenges and benefits of writing about narcolepsy. I open the […]


Touching My Narcolepsy Memoir

by julie on July 2, 2012

“If there’s a book you really want to readbut it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”-Toni Morrison  First, I held my book in my head. Next, I moved it to my computer. This weekend, I held my manuscript in my arms for the first time! It was magical (and heavy). I couldn’t help but […]