The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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October 25, 2013

international homecoming

Medina Journal-Register — Once upon a time, a young woman was making a nice living as a technical writer. 

But while life was good, there was something missing.

While reading to her children, it became apparent what that something was: She was missing out on her own dream.

And so with that, Julie Berry decided to follow her passion and figure out just how to write fiction successfully. The 1991 Medina High School graduate figured it out, and in 2009 she “graduated” again when her first novel, “The Amaranth Enchantment,” was published.

“I had been working for years, and my dream came true,” Berry told Medina’s seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade classes Wednesday morning in the auditorium at the high school. “It’s OK if you don’t figure out what you want to do by the time you’re 18.”

“It’s okay to put your dream on hold, because there’s always the possibility of making a change in your life,” she said, recalling her job change.

Berry was in town to promote her latest book, “All the Truth That’s in Me.” Since 2009’s debut success, she has written two more novels and a series of younger-skewing books called Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys. The latter is a series based on her home life with her sons, she told the students. Many in the audience had read some or all of the Splurch Academy line.

Then she told them what was possibly the most important lesson of the morning by explaining that the only thing stopping them in the pursuit of their dreams is the fear of embarrassment. 

“I had written All the Truth That’s in Me and submitted it five years ago, and was rejected,” Berry recalled. “I looked at it again, and I thought I would get rejected again, but my husband said, ‘No, this is your award winner,’ so I sent it to 10 publishers.

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