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Author Bios: Julie M McDonald Zander

Julie McDonald Zander worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor for twenty years before launching her personal history business, Chapters of Life, in 1999. ( Since then, she has published more than four fifty individual, family, company, and community histories.

Among her nonfiction titles are:

  • Washington Territory’s Grand Lady: The Story of Matilda (Glover) Koontz Jackson
  • Centralia College: Its People and Their Stories
  • Bucoda: The Little Town with a Million Memories
  • Chehalis: A Can-Do Community
  • Legacy of Two Lumbermen: The History of the Hemphill-O’Neill Company
  • These Walls Talk: Lewis County’s 1927 Historic Courthouse.

Since May 2007, Julie has written a newspaper column once a week for The Chronicle in Centralia, Washington. She also works as a freelance editor and book designer. She and her husband, Larry, have two grown children.



Ralph Munro, retired Washington Secretary of State, 1980-2000

Mary E. Trimble, author and reviewer

Brian Mittge, Chronicle columnist

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