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Spotty Dot Books is me, Jules Murphy, AKA Julie Restivo, AKA Julie Restivo Murphy.

I love writing for children... and for childish adults.

I grew up in Rhode Island, went to college in Washington, D.C. and worked in the entertainment industry for many years. As a screenwriter, I’ve written for The Walt Disney Company, The Lifetime Channel, CBS Interactive and several independent producers. I wrote and co-produced the teen web series MY ALIBI, starring Alison Brie and the Webby Award-winning I HEART VAMPIRES.

My 9-year-old daughter came up with the "Spotty Dot" moniker after I'd read her a list of about one hundred other (vastly inferior) ideas I'd brainstormed. She helped me create the PARROT AND FIREFLY COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK and gives me feedback on all my stories and illustrations. I frequently rope my husband and 7-yr-old son into giving me story and illustration advice as well…. so I guess SDB is a family affair.

Here we all are, being ridiculous on a frozen lake in Mono County, California.