Questions for Judy: Being a Writer

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Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have had many favorite places over the years. I live in Key West now (where it’s always summer) and my desk faces the ocean. When I slide the doors open I can feel the warm breezes and watch the pelicans feeding.

Is it fun to be a writer?
Not always. It’s a solitary life and it can get lonely. You spend most of the day in a little room by yourself. But since I love to create characters and get to know them, I’m usually content.

Of all the books you have written, which is your favorite, and who is your favorite character?
An impossible question to answer. It’s like asking a mother, which is your favorite child? Each one is special in a different way.

How old were you when your first book was published and which book was it?
I was twenty-seven when I began to write seriously and after two years of rejections my first book, The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, was accepted for publication.

How many books have you written?
Twenty-nine. Four are novels for grownup readers.

Does anyone ever think you’re writing about real people?
Yes. On a TV talk show, I was telling the host about Rachel Robinson’s family and he thought I was talking about a real family. I had to stop and explain that while they feel real to me, I’ve actually made them up.

Are you going to write more books?
I certainly hope so!