JULIE V. WATSON was born in England and emigrated to Canada when she was a youngster. She was educated and later worked in Brampton, Ontario. In 1976, she moved to Prince Edward Island where she lives with her husband Jack and their dog "Tipsy". She frequently teams up with their son, John, who is a commercial photographer, to capture the best of the Island in both visual and written mediums. Working from her own profitable home based business, she is now the author of 13 books and hundreds of periodical articles. Her topics range from the food and culinary traditions of the region, to ghosts, legends and shipwrecks. She balances her writing time with commercial work to ensure a successful freelance career. Her most recent book, Ardgowan, A Journal of House and Garden, was released in July, 2000.

As a member of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada, she is the current Atlantic-at-Large Chapter Coordinator for this Association, as well as the regional representative for the Travel Media Association of Canada. Julie is a founding board member and past-Director for Cuisine Canada, an alliance of Canadian culinary professionals. She is very interested in entrepreneurial development and small business opportunities for women.

She served 1 1/2 terms on the Board of Directors for the Association of Atlantic Women Business Owners before resigning that position to act as the coordinator for the formation of a P.E.I. chapter of that organization. She has held a number of executive and committee positions for voluntary groups such as the Island Writers Association and the Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association.

Julie has arranged conferences for Women in Business, researched and created a Products and Services Directory of Prince Edward Island Business Women, presents numerous workshops and seminars to entrepreneurs and is a true believer in mentoring as an effective form of education. Julie has acted as a mentor for the Business Development Bank of Canada, Island Writers Guild of P.E.I. and the Periodical Writers Association of Canada. She has also coordinated several major events, such as the annual P.E.I. Shellfish Festival, an event which draws visitors from home and away each September.

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