I am Julia S. Mandala, fantasy and science fiction author, editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, reformed lawyer, belly dancer, scuba diver, amateur photographer, cover model and cover artist (okay, for my own books, but still. . . ), and Apocalyptic Redhead.


I live in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, with my husband Larry (an unrepentant attorney) and two cats, Apollo and Athena.

Check out my 2016 convention schedule!

Breaking News:

I am now the editor of a new Yard Dog Press imprint, The Fantasy Writers Asylum, which will focus on epic and young adult fantasy novels. The imprint's first two novels will be my novel Blood Songs (available now) and Tale of the Black Heart, by Linda L. Donahue (coming soon).

Blood Songs, an epic fantasy novel,  is available from Yard Dog Press's new imprint, The Fantasy Writers Asylum, with a fantastic Kevin Hopkins cover. It should be available by mid-June. For Jhett, a young healer with a deadly past, the goddess Leshan’s temple is a prison that she’s promised, on pain of death, never to leave. But when her actions endanger her former lover, Tarik, Jhett embarks on a perilous journey across the southern desert to save him. Pursued by assassins and warrior-priests, she learns the stakes are much higher than Tarik’s life. Leshan and the dark goddess, Selure, have sent their dragons to battle each other, and Jhett’s choices will determine the outcome–and the fate of her people.

Villains in Training, a humorous fantasy novel by Linda L. Donahue and me, will be published by Yard Dog Press in 2016.  Villains is set at the University of Dark Arts and Arcane Sciences, established to train evil sorcerers and mad scientists.  Unfortunately for them, the Transdimensional Supreme Court has issued an order of integration, requiring them to admit superheros, princes and knights.  But that doesn't mean the evil students have to welcome the newcomers. . . .

My story, "A Warrior Looks at 40" is now in the most recent Chicks in Chainmail anthology, Chicks and Balances, edited by Esther Friesner and John Helfers, from Baen Books.

All of my Yard Dog Press titles are now available in ebook format on Amazon Kindle.   Links to each title are on the author page.

Linda Donahue, Dusty Rainbolt, Rhonda Eudaly and I are hard at work on
The Four Redheads:  The Wrath of Satan, which we hope to get out late this year from Yard Dog Press.

Recent Releases - The original Four Redheads of the Apocalypse chapbook has been re-released in perfect bound format, with a new color cover!  Available from Yard Dog Press and Amazon Kindle.

The latest Four Redheads of the Apocalypse novel, Redheads in Love, by myself, Linda L. Donahue, Dusty Rainbolt and Rhonda Eudaly, is now available from Yard Dog Press:  
The Four Redheads discover a new even finer level of fine print in the contract that stuck them with being the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse.  If they can find husbands acceptable to God AND Satan, their new spouses will take over as Horsemen and the Redheads will be free to pursue more important interests--like shopping.   Also available in Kindle format.

Also available is The Anthology From Hell: Humorous Tales from WAY Down Under, which I edited over seven years ago, and which has finally found a happy  home with Yard Dog Press.
 It features stories from Mike Resnick, Spider Robinson, Lawrence Watt Evans, Robert Sheckley, Esther Friesner, Selina Rosen, John Moore and many others.  And with awesome cover art by eight-time Hugo Award winner Brad Foster! Check out the Table of Contents. The Anthology is now available in ebook format at Amazon Kindle.

The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse have been talking to the press!  
Click here to see the interviews on Tracy Morris's blog.  Also click here to listen to Tracy's podcast, where each of the four authors of Redheads in Love read an excerpt from the new novel.  Thank you, Tracy!!!!


The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse and The Four Redheads: Apocalypse Now! are available as ebooks at Baenebooks.com.  You can buy them individually or as part of a bundle, along with Tracy Morris's books Tranquility and Bride of Tranquility.

My story "Soccer Mom Smackdown" is available in Fangs for the Mammaries, edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books) in most ebook formats at  Baenebooks.com.  Learn the Battle Hamster Fight Song!

Acknowledgments and Thanks

See my Four Redheads of the Apocalypse page.

Read a free sample of my work or check out my newly revised Revision Checklist.

Links to my favorite sites:

Author Friends:
Linda L. Donahue
Rhonda Eudaly
Dusty Rainbolt
Selina Rosen
William Ledbetter
Mike Resnick
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Walter Jon Williams
Esther Friesner
Shanna Swendson
Gloria Oliver
Margaret Bonham
Laura J. Underwood
Bill Allen
Robert Brown
William (Billy) Eakin
Melanie Fletcher
Tim Frayser
Beverly Hale
Gary Jonas
Brian A. Hopkins
Lee Killough
Katherine Kimbriel
Tracy Morris
Lee Martindale
Bradley Sinor
Glenn R. Sixbury
Dave Smeds
Mel Tatum
Mark  W.Tiedeman
Jeff Turner

Artist Friends:
David Lee Anderson
Kevin Hopkins
Brad W. Foster
Rocky Kelley
Allison Stein
Matt Taggart
Frank Wu

Other Friends:
Ann Loggins Pet Portraits
Stuart Jones, Photographer
Babes with Blades

Publishing Houses:
Yard Dog Press
Baen Books
Benbella Books


World Fantasy Con

Belly Dancers:
Visions in Dance