Julie Adams Thibodeaux was born and raised in a creative family in Arlington, Texas. She learned about words and language from her professor father, decorating from her homemaking mother and art, books and music from her older siblings, who both became teachers.

In college, she studied studio art and liberal arts, including creative writing, English and French literature and filmmaking, before graduating with a degree in art history from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Post graduation, she developed her journalism skills through self-study and real-world experience while working at a publishing company.

Julie lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, Karl - a photographer, graphic designer and administrator for First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church - and their five gifted cats.