Julie McCarron-Benson

Biography

Julie McCarron-Benson grew up in Canowindra, a small town in the central west of NSW, Australia. She attended Canowindra Public School and Cowra High School, moved to Canberra as a school leaver to work in the Commonwealth Public Service, went nursing, got married, had three kids and went to the Australian National University. She has worked amongst other positions as a shop assistant, a movie usher, a security guard and a professional carer. She worked for several NGOs. She opened a café, set up a business manufacturing gourmet foods, and established an event management business specialising in wedding coordination. She has held art exhibitions. Julie would prefer to read, loves gardening and attending the opera. Her many friends ensure that her alcohol tolerance level remains comparatively high.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I go at it hell-for-leather, get the ideas down and then sort it out later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember the first time I read. It was usual sort 'Jack is a boy, Jill is a girl, Mary is a little girl.' I do remember the delight when the words made sense. THere were not many books around when I was growing up, there was a mobile library the Bookmobile, that came once a month My dad would buy boxes of books for me at auction sales hence I was strongly influenced by British books,often adult ones about the British in India rather than a few from Enid Blyton and stories about girls in boarding schools. They were always playing hockey and going on picnics - most uncomfortable.
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Books

Inside the Tent
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,810. Language: Australian English. Published: August 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Belle Saint James, wedding coordinator extraordinaire, organises the election campaign of her best friend Clara-Rose Duggan. Belle is quite sure that there can't be that much difference between organising a wedding and organising an election campaign.
Here Comes The Bride
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,130. Language: Australian English. Published: October 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In this memoir of a wedding coordinator, Belle Saint James has put together a collection of the more unusual or notable weddings she has organised. She offers some insights into what she has observed and discusses some of the changes she has witnessed. She tells you what she did when a guest died on the toilet? Or the bridal couple wanted a naked wedding? Or the groom was left at the alt
Round and Around
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,690. Language: Australian English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Belle Saint James is absolutely outraged! After all she has done to help her best friend Sylvie Sutton! She finds Sylvie’s diary in which Sylvie is slagging off at Belle and whining that belle is not helping her! Sylvie is looking for her niece Nandi whom they all think may have joined a cult. And because it is Sylvie, who could find a man on the moon, there is man complications as well!
Rule of Thumb
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 63,950. Language: Australian English. Published: August 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Wedding Coordinator Belle Saint James is in somewhat of a difficult social situation. The mother of the bride, her old friend Margo, is in the toilet crying, and won’t come out! At first, Belle tries to soothe her old friend but it becomes apparent that Margo has very good reasons for not wanting to go home. What can Belle do to help? Or should Belle do nothing?
Hide and Seek
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 60,780. Language: Australian English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Belle is as surprised as everyone else when the bridegroom disappears between the wedding and reception. He was there one minute, and gone the next! Was there anything she as the wedding coordinator could have done? And should she have involved her lover; Vietnam veteran, ex-policeman, now Private Investigator Marcel Smith in locating the missing bridegroom?
Snatch and Grab
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,450. Language: Australian English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Marcel Smith, private investigator, ex-police officer, Vietnam veteran arrives at the airport a few minutes late to pick up wedding coordinator Belle Saint James, there was only her suitcase travelling forlornly around and around on the turnstile. Meanwhile, Belle find herself tied up hand and foot, gagged, with something over her head. She is lying in horse manure. She is not impressed!