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Julie Farley: Busy Mom of Four’s New Romance, ‘Love Songs and Ferry Tales’

As we honor International Women’s Day, I’m thrilled to shine a spotlight on my dear friend, Julie Farley romance author. She’s not just an author and mother of four but also a powerhouse in our local community.

Balancing the demands of parenting four children, serving as president of the high school PTSO, and engaging in various community activities, Julie tenaciously carves out time to pen her latest romance book. How does she do it?

Her unwavering dedication stands as a beacon of inspiration, encouraging others to chase their dreams despite any obstacles they may face.

Being Humble and Successful

Julie’s humility knows no bounds—would you believe she kept her status as a published author under wraps for the longest time? And her kids? Absolutely remarkable, yet Julie hardly ever boasts about their achievements. She’s a truly gifted and accomplished soul, yet you’d never hear her sing her own praises.

Julie Farley, a multifaceted personality adorned with roles of a mother, wife, and author, has gifted the world with her latest creation, “Love Songs and Ferry Tales.” With its charm and warmth, this novel promises to be a delightful addition to anyone’s reading list.

Her new book, Love Songs and Ferry Tales, is the first in a four-book series. “The series takes place on a fictional island in the PNW, Greensea Island, and follows the four Sherman Family siblings and their luck with love,” she says.

Meet Julie Farley Author

II. Meet Julie Farley

Julie’s journey into the literary world is as diverse as the characters she creates. Hailing from Long Island and traversing through life’s various chapters, including stints in Richmond, Virginia, before settling on Bainbridge Island, her experiences have undoubtedly enriched her storytelling prowess.

Her writing began with the self-publication of “Tripped Up Love” in 2013, which marked the inception of a remarkable literary voyage. Despite the ebbs and flows of the publishing industry, Julie’s determination remained unwavering, leading her to establish her imprint, Fog House Press, to realize her creative vision fully.

Julie’s creative process mirrors her dedication and passion for storytelling. Despite the challenges encountered along the way, including the closure of her publisher, her resilience shines through.

Beyond her literary pursuits, Julie finds solace in family time, outdoor adventures, and community involvement.

I met Julie while sitting on the High School PTSO board. She is currently the President of the board and deeply engrained into her children’s life. I don’t know how she does it all. She is one productive lady.

Her commitment to turning dreams into reality serves as an inspiration to aspiring writers and readers alike.

III. Unveiling Love Songs and Ferry Tales

“Love Songs and Ferry Tales” sets the stage for an enchanting series, capturing the essence of island life on the fictional Greensea Island.

When reading the story, I was immediately transported to a small island in the Pacific Northwest where the Sherman Family lives. The story is easy to relate to as , Julie navigates themes of love, family dynamics, and the intricacies of small-town existence.

Drawing inspiration from her own life and cultural phenomena like “Gilmore Girls” and “Bridgerton,” Julie infuses her narrative with a unique blend of authenticity and whimsy. The introduction of the Greensea Gazette adds a compelling layer to the story, offering insights into island gossip and community dynamics.

This book is a real page-turner! Once you start, you just can’t put it down. The love story in it is so captivating, you’ll find yourself racing through the pages to see what happens next.

The book centers around Jac, the only girl in the Sherman family, and her connection with a rockstar hiding on the fictional island of Greensea. While Bainbridge Islanders may recognize similarities between Greensea and Bainbridge, the fictional setting allows for creative freedom.

Julie collaborated with an editor, proofreader, beta readers, and advanced readers to refine the manuscript. Despite querying agents without success, she received a publishing contract proposal from a company seeking submissions. Opting instead to establish her own imprint, Fog House Press, Julie prioritized maintaining creative control over the series.

Working closely with local designer Jen Colburn, known for her iconic “missed the ferry” mugs, Julie ensured that the series’ artwork captures the essence of island life. With a vision to celebrate the unique charm of island living, Julie hopes readers will delight in the ferry tales she’s crafted.”

V. Exclusive Insights

As readers eagerly anticipate the sequel, “Cozy Cabins and Ferry Tales,” Julie offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of the series. With each installment, she invites us to embark on new adventures, weaving tales that resonate with the human experience in all its complexity and beauty.

In concluding our conversation with Julie Farley, it becomes evident that her literary trailblazing extends far beyond the pages of her books. With “Love Songs and Ferry Tales,” she invites us to embark on a journey of love, laughter, and island enchantment—a journey that promises to leave an indelible mark on our hearts.

VI. Impact and Reflection

Early reviews of “Love Songs and Ferry Tales” echo sentiments of joy and satisfaction, affirming its status as a feel-good read for all ages. Julie’s aspirations for her work extend beyond mere entertainment; she hopes to touch hearts and evoke smiles through her narratives. Reflecting on her journey from conception to publication, Julie’s gratitude and enthusiasm are palpable, underscoring the profound significance of storytelling in her life.


Julie Farley’s Love Songs and Ferry Tales was a great feel-good RomCom. I instantly fell in love with Jac’s tenacity and Johnny’s curiosity.

The banter between the two is electric and hilarious. Farley’s depiction of Greensea makes the reader want to visit immediately! What’s not to love about the quintessential small-town and even more so with the ever-prying commentary from the mysterious Greensea Gazette.

Not only does Farley do an excellent job creating settings and characters that the reader can fall in love with, she creates the perfect character that the reader can truly root against. (Nick is absolutely cringeworthy in all the right ways)

Overall, this was an excellent read, that was near impossible to put down.

Love Songs and Ferry Tales by Julie Farley is simply a feel good book that made me giggle and warmed my heart at the same time. The characters and island she creates are so true on many levels of small town life. Enjoyed the back and forth chapters in the voices of the main characters (Jac and Johnny).

The interludes of the gazette (local newspaper, penned by “GG”) spattered throughout are fun and amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Love Songs and Ferry Tales is available at Dana’s on Bainbridge, Saltwater Bookshop on Kingston, Salmonberry Books in Port Orchard and can be ordered at any bookstore. It’s also available on Amazon.

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