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Julie Kay

Julie Kay grew up in the beautiful Melbourne bayside suburb of Chelsea. After completing her schooling she became a dental nurse. As a young adult Julie travelled the world, living and working in London, Israel and Greece. At the end of her overseas travels she went to live in Alice Springs where she got a job working for the Royal Flying Doctors Service going out to the Aboriginal communities as a dental nurse. In her late twenties Julie came home to Melbourne where she worked as a school dental nurse during the day and studied at night.

In 1992 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature and Sociology. At this time she married Jon and had two children. Her next career move was to become an integration aid in a school. Encouraged by her work colleagues she went back to university and got her Diploma of Education which enabled her to become a primary school teacher. Julie loves her vocation as an educator and manages to work full time, running a busy household and writing on the weekends.

In 2019 Julie wrote her first novel Not My Father which was loosely based on the life of her father during the Occupation of Japan. The Ties That Bind is her second novel with many more to come.

Historical romance fiction

The Ties that Bind


Set amongst the giant ghost gums of country Victoria, follow the trials and tribulations of two sisters who must battle through great personal sacrifice, unrelenting passions and disarming loss as they navigate the happenings around them.

The Vietnam War arrives and brings them more heartbreaking tragedy, loss and unrequited love from which they may not recover.

Spread across both time and place, The Ties That Bind is a journey of healing and love but not one that shies away from the pain that comes from the intensity of both.

Not my Father

Sometimes, family treasures hold the key to family secrets…

While packing up the family home, Danny’s daughter, Jules, finds a black box hidden at the back of his wardrobe. Danny suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. The unexpected contents of his box take Jules and her sister on a journey to find out what really happened to their father in occupied Japan after the war.

What they discover is a love story about ordinary people—a man and a woman, a child and a father—who lived extraordinary lives. This is a tale of mateship, bravery and a romance that blossomed against all odds.

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