Julie Bradley was born with adventure genes and shares her passions in her books “Escape from the Ordinary” and the upcoming “Crossing Pirate Waters”.Both are true stories about a 7 ½ year adventure of sailing around the world with her husband, Glen. After twenty years in the Army as a Military Intelligence Officer she traded her uniform and worldly possessions to pursue the dream that had inspired her to keep going through the long separations of military deployments. During those years her stack of Cruising World, Sail and Latitude 38 magazines grew to hoarder proportions until the big purge of all belongings to buy their new home: a French built Amel blue-water sailboat.
Her authentic encounters in off-the-beaten path countries and interactions with native islanders prompted her to describe their adventures through writing. Julie’s writing has appeared in the sail press, Latitude 38, Cruising World, Boating New Zealand, and the Sunday travel section of over thirteen newspapers in the United States. She also wrote articles for New Zealand press while serving on the race committee for the 2002 Louis Vuitton Challenger and America’s Cup races in Auckland.
Julie met her engineer husband at Ft Huachuca, Arizona through aviation where both were private pilots. To prepare for their voyage they became HAM operators, certified scuba divers, and earned U.S Coast Guard 50 Ton Captains’ licenses with sail endorsement. Julie also taught sailing at the US Naval Academy and her husband owned the west coast branch of the International School of Sailing. Julie and her husband love wildlife and the outdoors and now live in the high country of Arizona where they hike, bike and ski. They also use their mountain home as a base from which they continue to travel on unique land adventures around the world and make the occasional trip to the Sea of Cortez for some ocean time. As payback for their fortunate life, Glen and Julie serve as disaster response volunteers for the American Red Cross as members of an International Emergency Response Unit. Julie has been interviewed about her international disaster work by CNN, ABC, NBC and Fox News. You can visit Julie and read about her humanitarian work around the world as well as her personal land-based adventures on her blog at www.juliebradleyauthor.com