Julie Ryan McGue is an American writer. She is a domestic adoptee and an identical twin. Her award-winning memoir, Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging, was released in May 2021. It is about her five-year search to locate birth relatives, family medical history and personal background. In Julie’s weekly blog and monthly column (The Beacher Newspapers), she writes about finding out who you are and where you belong and making sense of it. Her work has appeared in the Story Circle Network Journal, Brevity Nonfiction Blog, Imprint News, Adoption.com, Lifetime Adoption Adoptive Families Blog, Adoption & Beyond, and Severance Magazine. Her personal essays have appeared in several anthologies: Real Women Write: Seeing Through Her Eyes (Story Circle Network), and Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis (She Writes Press, 2022).
Julie holds a BA in psychology from Indiana University and an MM in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. She splits her time between northwest Indiana and Sarasota, Florida. She is a past board member for the Midwest Adoption Center, and she currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for American Family Building. Julie’s second memoir (She Writes Press) launches in fall 2024.
Belonging Matters: Conversations on Adoption, Family, and Kinship
Belonging Matters supports the adoption community while creating a conversation with those not directly touched by adoption. The collection explores the pursuit of identity and the boundaries of family and kinship. It challenges the reader to embrace all of who we come to be, and to discern with whom and where we belong. Because belonging defines the human experience, and it is what nourishes our spirit, fuels us with purpose, and compels us to soar beyond the limitations of our lived experience.