Julie Connor

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Julie Gianelloni Connor’s new book is “Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike,” which won a silver medal in the 2020 national eLit competition. Her book also garnered No. 1 status on Amazon in two categories: new books on hiking and walking and new books on Spain and Portugal. It is both a memoir and a guide to traveling the Camino through Spain. Julie also writes a blog (https://CaminoForBoomers.com) focusing on the Camino de Santiago. She is the owner and editor of Bayou City Press in Houston, Texas, which focuses on travel writing, Houston, and international affairs. The Bayou City Press website (https://BayouCityPress.com) carries columns on travel and on Houston written by Julie and other authors. Julie founded Bayou City Press after spending 33 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, first with the U.S. Information Agency and later with the U.S. Department of State. She had nine overseas assignments in seven different countries: Israel (twice), Paraguay, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia (twice), Malaysia, and Chile. In Washington, DC, Julie worked on a variety of areas, ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to international women’s issues. Julie received a B.A. from Rice University (English and History), an M.A. from the University of Houston (Creative Writing), and an M.S. from the National War College (National Security Strategy). She also studied journalism at LSU. Before joining the Foreign Service, Julie worked overseas in Portugal, Spain, and England, teaching English as a second language. She has one son, James, and two cats, Halloween and Mimi


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