Since graduating from OC in 2003, Julie Ciaramella attended Duquesne University, where she graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's in journalism and in 2011 with a master's in media arts and technology. Shortly after graduating with her master's degree, Julie moved to Chicago to begin working as a social media manager. After several years in social media marketing, in 2020 she transitioned to working in public relations, focusing on brand journalism and storytelling at a nursing organization.
While her lifelong dream has been to publish a book, it wasn't until 2016 that she wrote her first novel and began seriously pursuing publication. After receiving rejections on that manuscript, she began working on a second—and that book landed her a literary agent and a book deal. Her debut novel, a contemporary romance called "Just for Show," will be published in January 2022 (under the pen name Julie Hamilton) by Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin/HarperCollins. She credits her English teachers at Oakland Catholic for helping to further her love of books and writing.