Julia A. Maki grew up in northern Minnesota and enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator aboard P-3Cs. After the Navy, Julia settled in Maryland with her husband where they both ended up working for the Department of Defense as civilians. They have three children together, which initially inspired her to write children’s books about the military. Her first book, My Mom Hunts Submarines was Julia’s way of telling her children about what she did while in the Navy with the underlying message, “There isn’t anything you cannot do.” Her second book, All Hands on Deck! Dad’s Coming Home! was inspired by her sister’s job in the Navy aboard the USS Stennis. It is a book for children that have parents that are deployed in the military. Still My Dad was written for children with parents that are wounded veterans, but can be applicable for anyone facing a disability. From the Sky was inspired by the amazing things she saw while flying all over the world. Finally, her memoir, What They Don’t Teach You in Deer River, was released in December 2015.
When she is not writing, raising a family, or working, she finds her passion in volunteering for organizations supporting veterans.