Julianne McCullagh

Julianne McCullagh is the author of The Narrow Gate and is a Mayborn Literary Conference First Place winner. She has been published in Rose and Thorn Literary Journal, Ten Spurs Journal, is a Writer’s Digest Literary Fiction winner, wrote a series for Loyola Press, and has been a writing instructor at The Writers Garret, Dallas. You can read more of her work at www.gracenoteslive.com.

Ms. McCullagh’s was raised in New York, graduating from St. John’s University, magna cum laude, English, in 1978. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of four children. In 1991 they relocated to the Dallas area and have lived in Flower Mound for nearly 23 years.

For several years Ms. McCullagh served as Director of Family Life Ministry and taught Adult Education courses at St. Philip Church in Lewisville, Texas. She wrote a column on Family Life that caught the attention of George Getschow who invited her to compete in The Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference in 2005. In 2006 and 2007 her work was published in Ten Spurs Literary Journal, the 2007 entry winning first place. She was inducted into The Mayborn Literary Society in 2012.

Currently, she is at work on her second novel.

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Therese Desqueyroux

Therese Desqueyroux is referred to as a Catholic novel, not because it shows the Church in a favorable light, not because it illustrates the life of a saint in the making, rather, it is a portrayal of a woman, and her family, lacking the virtues and graces of faith which illuminate and transfigure the ordinary struggles and sacrifices of life.

Therese Desqueyroux is set in 1920’s France. It opens with a young woman standing alone outside a courthouse, awaiting her fate. Her father and her lawyer emerge, hardly acknowledging her when she hears that the case against her is dismissed for l...

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