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Meet Julie Holmes and her Debut Novel

I am so excited to host Julie Holmes and her debut novel, Murder in Plane Sight. Julie has been writing since elementary school and been published in small press magazines such as “Fighting Chance” and “The Galactic Citizen”. She lives in south-central Minnesota on a small hobby farm with her husband, their two college-aged children, one cat, two dogs, three chickens, and an abundance of chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. When she isn’t writing, she likes to read, go for walks, or tend her vegetable garden. I’m happy to hear that she is working on the next Sierra Bauer mystery.

Today, Julie is sharing thoughts on “write what you know” and for Julie, that is aircraft mechanics–perfect for her new book:

Hi Jacqui! Thank you so much for helping me spread the word about my debut novel. High five for book release blog tours!

As writers, one of the favorite pieces of advice is “write what you know”. I always thought it was more fun to do research and write what I learned instead. I mean, no one wants to hear about the day in, day out of an IT professional who deals with everything from broken printers to basic programming. And technical writing isn’t a whiz-bang job either.

There was something, though, in my pre-IT days that seemed to interest people. Aviation maintenance is a part of the industry few get to see close up, and even fewer of those are women. Most books with an aviation component are either military-flavored thrillers, or have protagonists who are pilots or airport managers or aircraft inspectors, with flight attendants tossed in for good measure. And more men star in those roles than women.

I wanted to do something different. I needed to write a story about an aircraft mechanic, or these days, aviation maintenance technician. It’s what I know. It’s the world in which I made a living for a handful of years.

It’s the type of story I want to read. So I wrote it. Hey, I knew those years swinging a wrench were good for something besides the oh-so-enjoyable shock factor. There’s nothing quite like the look on someone’s face when you tell them you work on airplanes. Especially when you are a woman.

These days women in aviation maintenance are not the rarity they once were, but as much as we like to tell ourselves differently, there are still occupations seen as male-dominated and aviation is one of them.

It’s not the occupation, though, that matters. It’s the characters that truly matter. Sierra Bauer is a strong, confident woman working in a man’s world, with her own scars to bear. Quinn Moore is no slouch either, despite the losses in his own past. Together they make a great team.

Buy the book

Murder in Plane Sight is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.


Sierra Bauer is nobody’s fool—a skilled and confident aircraft mechanic, a woman operating in a man’s world. But her world is about to be turned upside down, and her confidence challenged.

After her stalker was sent to prison, and she was cleared of wrongdoing by the FAA in her brother’s fatal plane crash, Sierra has finally reclaimed her life. But in the dead of winter at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, she makes a gruesome discovery—a woman’s frozen body hidden inside the maintenance bay of a Range Airlines plane Sierra was inspecting. Her life is pitched into a tailspin.

Enter Detective Quinn Moore of the Airport Police Department, who finds himself attracted to Sierra despite mounting evidence forcing him to consider her the prime suspect.

Sierra’s stalker may be back, and someone is trying to frame her for the murder. The woman Sierra blames for her brother’s death may hold the key to uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire aviation industry. She and Quinn must expose the truth before Sierra becomes the next casualty.


I am going to review Julie’s book on a future post–not quite finished yet with her story–but my early thoughts:

Reading this story is as disappointing as, say, winning the lottery. You know what I mean?

Author bio:


You can reach Julie at any of these social media locations:

Web | Blog | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice,  and a columnist for NEA Today and TeachHUB. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

90 thoughts on “Meet Julie Holmes and her Debut Novel

  1. Sorry I’m late popping in. I’ve been on vacation but wanted to give a shout-out to Julie for her excellent novel. I’ve already read it and given her a five star review. She delivered an intriguing mystery with great characters!

    Great seeing her here on your blog, Jacqui!

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  2. An Aussie author friend, Helene Young, was an airline pilot and trainer, and she did the same thing. Her heroine was a pilot. Makes sense to write what you know and if it’s a little different it’s sure to catch people’s (readers) eye.

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  3. This sounds like such an interesting book to read, from the clever title to the unusual setting to a main character I’ve never before encountered. Female car mechanic, yet, female airplane mechanic, no. Julie, I bet you didn’t realize you’d be learning an industry that would be the focus of a book one day – I bet you just thought you were paying the bills. Best wishes to you on the success of the book, now on my TBR list. Too enticing not to be.

    And Jacqui, for a short review, you sure lobbed this one over the goalpost.

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  4. Great post:) That was one of the things I so enjoyed about “In Plane Sight” was a female working in a male dominated world. Kudos for that. It really brought an extra dimension to a already good story. I’m enjoying your tour Julie and thanks for hosting Jacqui!

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  5. Yay for Julie’s blog tour! I’m really enjoying making the rounds.

    I’ve already finished reading the book and will post my review on my blog soon, but I have to say I loved your early thoughts, Jacqui. Thanks for hosting.

    Julie, wishing you all the best.

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  6. Good luck with the book, Julie.

    I love this quote: “Hey, I knew those years swinging a wrench were good for something besides the oh-so-enjoyable shock factor. There’s nothing quite like the look on someone’s face when you tell them you work on airplanes. Especially when you are a woman.”

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  7. Jacqui,

    Helping to spread the love. Shared Julie’s debut book on Twitter. I’m sure it’s a good story. The plot sounds interesting and I love the book title but not being a book reader I think I’ll wait for the movie version. 🙂 Best of luck to you, Julie! 🙂

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  8. Jacqui, lovely to see Julie on your blog with her first published novel. I’m smiling at your mini-review! This will have Julie beaming for the rest of the day! 😀

    Julie, I loved learning how you came to write this book … at a book talk the other day the author said exactly what you mention here … writing the book you want to read! I think this is elementary and the passion for the subject and in the writing truly comes across at such times! Yeah, I’m loving books that focus on women in what was seen as male-dominated work places. A great premise and blurb. Wishing you the best for the rest of the tour and with your book. Well done, my friend! You did it! 😀🎉

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  9. I just finished reading some of her blog. Since I have decided to start writing a novel, taking it very seriously I´m now much more focus in reading published authors and first time published authors like Julie, and also non public authors, I can always learn from all type of people really. Like you also a great author.

    Thank you for this post, gave me another person to learn a bit more as my university seems to be WordPress .

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