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Julie Mayerson Brown lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rural suburb of Los Angeles, with her husband, two sons (who return from school periodically for laundry service and home-made chicken soup), four (yes FOUR) boxer dogs, and hundreds of wild peacocks. Her work has appeared in the Daily Breeze, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and Parenting Magazine.

An “at-home” mom and community volunteer for over twenty years, she is a founding member of Mothers Advocating Prevention, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children and teens.

Her first novel, The Long Dance Home, was published in 2013 by Mischievous Muse Press, a subsidiary of World Nouveau Publishing.

Currently working on her next novel, Julie usually can be found in one of the quiet corners of her local library.



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Summary: Julie’s answer to the five questions! Listen to the full conversation on the player above; also available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Question 1: How do you define hope or what is your favorite quote about hope?

Julie Mayerson Brown:

“Hope is the little voice you hear whisper ‘maybe’ when it seems the entire world is shouting ‘no’.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” ~ Frank Crane

“You may be disappointed if you hope too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t have hope.” ~Julie Brown

Question 2: Who has shared the most hope with you?

Julie Mayerson Brown:

I am blessed with two fabulous parents who are now in their 90s and they inspired me my entire life.

Question 3: How have you used hope to make it through a difficult time in your life?

Julie Mayerson Brown:

It took a lot of maturity on my part to get to the point where I could hold on to hope. I have my bad days and I’ve had my ups and downs. As any writer would tell you, you have to have a really thick skin, you get a lot of rejection but you have to have faith in your work. I have had my struggles. I’ve had some health struggles that I’ve gotten through and I think the most important thing is that I’ve been blessed with a wonderful, supportive family. I’ve surrounded myself not by accident, but on purpose, with amazing friends. I am blessed to have them, but I worked to get them and I work to keep them. For somebody, the worst thing is to be isolated and I’m a huge believer of support groups that when somebody suffers a catastrophe, they lose a loved one, they’re suffering from an illness, I think it’s essential to talk to people who understand what you’re feeling because they have experienced it as well. I think it’s essential to find a support group, to surround yourself with people who could help you, who can understand, who will listen because if you isolate yourself under those circumstances, it’s impossible to come out. You have to be supported by love and support.

Question 4: How are you sharing hope today?

Julie Mayerson Brown:

I’m extremely friendly because I enjoy that. I love to talk to people I don’t know. I love to hear their stories. Being friendly I think really does give people hope. I enjoy going out of my way for other people. I think one of the most important things that I embraced in my life is that I’ll do something nice for somebody and I truly, believe it or not, I do not expect them to do something nice in return. If it happens, great.

Question 5: How should I (the listener) begin to grow in hope or share hope today?

Julie Mayerson Brown:

(1) Start small – really tiny favors. Small acts of kindness.
(2) Keep in touch with people.
(3) Be friendly.
(4) Do something nice and genuinely do not expect anything in return.
(5) Kindness you receive, pay it forward.

Listen to the full conversation on the player above; also available on iTunes and Stitcher.
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