Brighton, Michigan, United States
Home page: http://www.grammas-tales.com
My grandchildren call me either Mimi or Gramma Judy. The Gramma is where I got the name for my website. My friends call me Jude and my 91 year-old father calls me Judith, only when he is upset with me. Everyone else calls me Judy. I was born and raised on a farm in Mid-Michigan. My father was a dairy and crop farmer.
I was young when my children were born, so I grew up with them. I made up stories to tell them and then we acted the stories out. Great elaborate plots of sneaking through the woods looking for bad guys or burying treasure, making a map, hiding it behind a picture that only the kids and I knew about (even their Daddy didn’t know). The next year we took the map and tried to find and dig up our treasure. I now use some of those incidents and experiences from my childhood as background for the children’s stories I write.
I was an only child for the first thirteen years of my life. Playing alone I had to have a vivid imagination. My mother was good at making up stories and games to keep me occupied. I have one sister, Susan, born when I was thirteen. I also have four grown children, a son and three daughters and eight grandchildren; four of each gender.
I still view the world in a childlike manner. Note: I said “childlike” not “childish”. My friends tell me that I am “weird” in my thinking. Maybe seeing things differently is a prerequisite for being a writer? I enjoy nature and have many flower gardens, bird feeders, squirrel and rabbit feeding areas and watering containers for all. I also enjoy cross-stitching, and making blankets for preemies through Project Linus.
I am a graduate of two correspondence courses at The Institute for Children’s Literature. I have two illustrated children’s e-books published, one in the publishing queue, and an article published in Children’s Playmate magazine.
Please visit my website for more information and links to many kid friendly sites.
Interests: I enjoy working in my flower gardens, cross stitch and crocheting baby afghans for Project Linus.
Published writer: Yes