Julia Crouch has been a theatre director, playwright, teacher, graphic/website designer and double-entry book keeper. Believing she was a pictures person, she did an MA in Illustration, which had the unexpected effect of making her realise that, in fact, words are her thing.
Since then she has been busy writing novels. Her first, Cuckoo, was published in the UK and Commonwealth by Headline in 2011, followed by Every Vow You Break (2012), Tarnished (2013), The Long Fall (2014), and Her Husband's Lover (2017).
Julia coined the term domestic noir to describe her sub genre of crime fiction. The term has so caught on that UEA have commissioned her to write the introduction to a collection of academic essays on the subject. She also has written many features and short stories for magazines, newspapers and websites.
With the theatre still tickling her blood, she greatly enjoys events and panels – both as a participant and moderator. She is also a founding member of Brighton's Dark & Stormy Festival and Beach Hut Writers, patron of Crawley Wordfest, and teaches and mentors on various creative writing courses. But her greatest joy is spending her days scribbling away in her writing shed at the bottom of her garden in Brighton, in the company of her two cats. Also allowed to interrupt this process are her three children, and, occasionally, her husband, the actor and playwright, Tim Crouch.