Do you love stories? Me too!

Books have been my friend since I was little. They took me to worlds I had never seen, made me ponder questions I had never considered, provided a shelter from the storm.

Staying up late reading when I was supposed to be sleeping made me want to be part of that storytelling universe. But first, I needed to get out in the world and pay the rent.

After a successful thirty-year run at several Fortune 150 companies, starting as an instructional designer and ending as a chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer, I’ve turned the page on that career and begun a new chapter. Now I am an author.

I write to explore the wild and noble territory of the human heart, and to leave behind a brave and honest map.

My stories matter.

So do yours.

Three word description: Persevering. Freckled. Adaptable—which can be a weakness but our weaknesses are our strengths taken to extreme or used inappropriately.

Chocolate: milk or dark? Baker’s chocolate (100% chocolate, no sugar), because I don’t have a rational relationship with regular chocolate.

Favorite quote? “Brave is not a feeling, but an action, and it is unnecessary to feel brave to act brave.” Who said that? Me.

What’s with your hair? Are you gay… or sick? I was sick, and the treatment made it fall out. It never really grew back, but I’ll take the trade—I’d rather be above ground than beneath it.

5 Favorite books?

Fiction: Beloved. The Poisonwood Bible. All the Light We Cannot See. Deacon King Kong. The Book Thief. 

Non-fiction: Designing Your Life. Turning Pro. Heavy. A Pattern Language. The Sum of Us.

I’m also partial to Sweet Baby Lover, the memoir I wrote. A few of the book’s reviews are below, and I’m happy to talk with bookclubs about it.

Media kit!  Includes my bio (short, medium, or long), headshots, and book and podcast covers.

Donations? For 2022, links on this site contribute to the National Museum of African American Music through the AmazonSmile program. As for why NMAAM, this podcast episode has the answer.

Book Reviews

“I read this book at one sitting and thought about it for days. This is an incredibly brave and honest book about two very special yet different people, and how honesty and commitment both to their own truth and to each other, brought them together and created an epic love story.”

-Barbara-

“I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants an inside view of the life-changing experiences of one woman, how she finds her way to herself and figures out what she truly values. An amazing and surprising story.”

-Sabine-

“The writing of Jule Kucera is authentic and intimate, pulling me in with her observations of both the mundane and the extraordinary, the painful and the joyous. She is perceptive, reflective and forgiving, choosing words that that force me to think a little harder about life.”

-Yvonne-