“Stories with heart” is how you’d describe Judith’s books. A USA Today Bestselling Author, she writes women’s fiction with a touch of romance, featuring strong women facing challenges and finding love along the way.
She is a prolific author and has over thirty-five books either published or available for pre-order.
Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?
I’m lucky enough to have an office to write in and I write every day. The early hours are spent taking care of social media, administrative things — and then I tell myself I must write 1,000 words per day. I usually do.
What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing?
Warm showers, walks, and even watching TV or reading can spur ideas. Sometimes I simply have to let a plot idea sit for a while.
Do you plan your book in advance (plotting and outlining) or are you a “discovery writer” (AKA “writing into the dark”)? Or are you somewhere in between?
I’m definitely a pantser. I have a story idea, a title, and then write character studies for the main characters so I know them well enough to begin to tell their story.
What’s on your To Be Read pile?
I can’t count the number in my Kindle. I try to read friends’ books, but love to have a variety of others.
What advice do you have for readers?
If you read a book you like, please do the author a favor and leave a review. If you find something you don’t like, don’t be mean, simply don’t review.
What’s the first book you can remember reading on your own?
A Dick and Jane book
What books and/or authors have most influenced you as an author?
- Barbara Taylor Bradford (A Woman of Substance)
- Nora Roberts
- Phyllis Whitney
- Mary Steward
What do you most enjoy about being a writer? What do you least enjoy about being a writer?
I love the freedom of creating a story. I sometimes don’t like the endless work of creating the story…and then I’m happy when I can write The End.
What would you tell a new writer?
Read as many books as you can in all genres and write every day even if it’s just notes about the book you want to write or are writing. That counts, too. Writing becomes an every day thing.