Julia Karr’s book, XVI, was better than a Brazilian Blowout. Seriously. The Writing Gods must have given home girl an extra slice of imagination pie. Her dystopian book takes place in Chicago, where girls receive a tattoo on their wrists at age sixteen that reads “XVI.” The tattoos broadcast their brand-new sexual availability.

Trippy, right?

I reached out to Julia to see if she’d answer a few questions, and she kindly agreed. Below are her answers to my burning questions:


1) You just grew an extra eye. Where is it?

Ha! When I had young children, I needed one in the back of my head. Now, since I already know where I’ve been, I’d like one in the palm of my hand, so I can really see how my hair looks from the back.


2) Would you rather see an alien or a ghost? Why?

Oh, I think I’d rather see a ghost. At least we would have being human (whether current or in the past) as some common ground, er… so to speak!


3) Someone just stole your favorite book. What was it and what are you going to do about it?

Pride and Prejudice? Someone stole it? I am appalled at the lack of manners surrounding my misfortune. I will call upon the higher sensibilities of the miscreant to return said tome. Assuming success in my endeavor, there will be no need to call upon the militia to recover the stolen property.


4) What is your favorite photo of?

Besides family photos… currently my fav photo is one I took of the Sears (oops! Willis Tower) in Chicago. Its top is hidden by clouds and the perspective is from under the L tracks on Wabash.


5) What is the best word on Planet Earth? Why?

Well, as of this very moment, it’s “serendipity.” Ah, a word filled with smiles and happy coincidences. Of course, there really aren’t any coincidences, are there? 🙂


I know, I know. She’s a fabulous writer and hilarious. I’m totally jealous. Learn more about Julia Karr on her website. And make sure to pick up a copy of her oustanding book:



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