Julie Mac loved writing stories from the time she started school, so a career in journalism and PR writing was a natural progression. These days, she relishes the freedom of writing fiction: her characters can do and say anything she wants them to, and there’s no risk of misquoting anyone. Julie writes contemporary romance and likes nothing better than to have her characters surprise her. She and her husband live on a lifestyle block in pretty countryside just north of Auckland. She enjoys beautiful landscapes, the company of friends, and of course, good books. A Father at Last is her debut novel.