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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julie Kistler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1956 in Peoria, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Kistler was born in Peoria, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She currently resides in Central Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julie Kistler was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois but moved to the Chicago area for high school. She attended the University of Illinois, and graduated with a BA in history. She earned a law degree from the University of Illinois and moved to Minnesota to be a lawyer. In 1985, Kistler left the legal world to be a full-time writer. She moved back home to Illinois in 1989, and has lived in Central Illinois ever since. A lifetime movie and theater lover, Julie began a side career as a theater critic for the ''Champaign News-Gazette'' in 1990. She is also on the Board of Directors of Heartland Theatre, in Bloomington, Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Finalist for Romance Writers of America's Rita Award for ''Black Jack Brogan'', 1994 *Waldenbooks Bestseller for ''Fantasy Wife'', 1995 *Nominated as one of Affaire de Coeur's Top Ten Favorite Authors, 1995 *Nominated for Romantic Times' Best Duets of the Year for ''Calling Mr. Right'', 2000 *Waldenbooks Bestseller for ''Just a Little Fling'', 2000 *Winner of the 2001 Madcap Award for Romantic Comedy for ''Just a Little Fling'' *Nominated for Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, 2003 *Nominated for Romantic Times' Best Temptation of the Year for ''Packing Heat'', 2004