Julia Dahl

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Julia Dahl

Julia Dahl was born and raised in Fresno, California. She stumbled onto the staff of her high school newspaper in 1994 and has been chasing stories ever since.

After attending Yale University, she moved to New York to work in the publishing industry. In 2004 she started writing crime stories for Seventeen magazine and began a career reporting on crime and criminal justice.

Her feature articles have appeared in Salon, the Columbia Journalism Review, Pacific Standard and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, among others. Dahl has been a freelance reporter for the New York Post, an associate features editor at Marie Claire, and the deputy managing editor of The Crime Report. She now writes for CBSNews.com.

Her first novel, Invisible City, published in 2014, is the story of a New York City tabloid reporter investigating the murder of a Hasidic woman. The sequel, Run You Down, was published in 2015. Conviction, the third book in the Rebekah Roberts series, was published in the US in 2017, and in the UK in March 2018 by Faber & Faber.

Dahl lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her knife-maker husband and son.

Interviewed 03 March 2018

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Entertainment reporter, women’s magazine editor, tabloid stringer, crime reporter, novelist

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Bottle of seltzer
Cardboard cup of coffee
Reporter’s notebook
Photocopy of court documents
Bank of TVs
Box of tissues
Delivery menu
Fortune cookie fortune that reads: “Society prepares the crime, the criminal commits it.”

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Plain old spaghetti with some olive oil, salt, pepper and plenty of parmesan

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Bruce Springsteen
Barack Obama
Michelle Obama
Maya Lin
My best friend, Melissa Tepe – she lives in St Louis and I miss her every day
Joan Didion
Stephen King

Six things you can't live without ...

My family
A pen
A book

Five favourite words ...

I don’t really have favourite words, so I’m answering with words/phrases I use a lot:
Waiting on confirmation
What did I just say? (I have a two-year-old)
Let’s do it

Four places you'd run away to ...

Costa Rica
New Orleans
Burgundy, France

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Asking For It: The alarming rise of rape culture and what we can do about it by Kate Harding

Two things that make you rant ...

People who don’t pick up after their dogs
Donald Trump voters

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t agonize over spending $100 on those Doc Martens, you’ll still be wearing them when you’re 40!