Julie R. Sanchez is a California native and a student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality, and German. Although she writes mostly long-form fiction, her short fiction has been published in First Call, the FWord, and OMGQueer. She has received the Tim Hurley Writing Award and currently works on the fiction staff of the Adroit Journal.

Although Julie reads everything from contemporary to mystery to romance to science fiction, she prefers works that cross genres or push boundaries. She has special interest in LGBTQ themes (in any genre), as well as steampunk, offbeat crime procedurals, and general mindfuckery. She expects good fiction to be character-driven, and she expects those characters to be believable, complex, and—dare she say it—humans with realistic motivations. Even the aliens. Finally, these characters should face real problems, mysteries, and challenges. If the plot is paper-thin and easily predicted halfway through, that’s a deal-breaker.

Julie also reads nonfiction of the social science variety, including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. A self-declared constructionist, she is particularly interested in critical theory. In nonfiction works, she expects, quite simply, solid logic and well-developed arguments.

These are some of Julie’s favorite books:

1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
The Sea Wolf by Jack London
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


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