About Julie

Author of Historical Fiction

In 2021 I was excited to publish The Secrets of Bridgewater Bay with Headline Review. It was followed in late 2022 by The Keepsake, a dual-timeline mystery set in the early nineteenth century and the present day. Previously, I have published a variety of children’s books and two adult historical novels writing as Carol Jones.

I was born in Brisbane, Australia, but have lived most of my life in Melbourne. I taught English and Drama in secondary schools before working as an editor of children’s magazines. Like many writers, I have been scribbling stories from an early age and after decades of practice I feel confident to call myself an author.

Married with two twenty-something children, I live in a city apartment overlooking the water in Melbourne but spend as much time as I can travelling throughout Australia and abroad. Or at least I did until recently.

I am represented by the Judith Murdoch Literary Agency in London, UK.


You can find information about my books writing as Carol Jones at


A Few of My Favourite Things

Favourite Authors:

  • Jane Austen
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Hilary Mantel
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Charles Frazier
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Tim Winton
  • Amy Tan
  • Rose Tremain
  • George R R Martin
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • J R R Tolkien
  • Phillipa Gregory
  • Lucinda Riley
  • Aminatta Forna
  • Lisa See
  • Anita Shreve
  • Kate Morton
  • Yaa Gyasi (a new favourite)

Favourite Movies:

  • Love Actually
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Gladiator
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Aliens
  • Terminator
  • Blade Runner
  • Star Wars
  • Cold Mountain
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Favourite
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Morgan Freeman!)
  • Unforgiven (Ditto!)
A few books from some of my favourite authors

You can catch up on my current reading on Instagram @juliebrooks_books

(link at the bottom of the page).