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Julie Gianelloni Connor’s new book is Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, not the Hike. It is both a memoir and a guide to traveling the Camino through Spain. Her book was awarded a silver medal for travel writing in the national eLit competition and also won a gold star rating for its cover in The Book Designer’s monthly cover contest. It garnered no. 1 status on Amazon in both the category for new books on hiking and walking and the category for Spain and Portugal. One of her recent fiction stories, “A Good Dress Is Hard to Find,” was chosen for inclusion in the 2020 DEARTexas and the 2020 DEARIndie short story anthologies while a second short story, “A COVID Christmas,” is included in A Holiday Anthology: 2020 Season. Julie’s website, JulieConnor.Author.com, carries information about her writing and career. She is the owner and editor of Bayou City Press (BayouCityPress.com) in Houston, Texas, which focuses on travel writing, Houston, history, and international affairs. Julie founded Bayou City Press after spending 33 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, first with the U.S. Information Agency and later with the U.S. Department of State. She had nine overseas assignments in seven different countries: Israel (twice), Paraguay, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia (twice), Malaysia, and Chile. In Washington, DC, Julie worked on a variety of areas, ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to international women’s issues. Julie received a B.A. from Rice University (English and History), an M.A. from the University of Houston (Creative Writing), and an M.S. from the National War College (National Security Strategy). She also studied journalism at LSU. Before joining the Foreign Service, Julie worked overseas in Portugal, Spain, and England, teaching English as a second language. She has one son, James, and two cats, Mimi and Halloween

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