Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
This is Part One of a series titled, “How it all
Statistics prove over 25% of you dream of writing a
book.In the beginning I didn’t include
myself in the poll. Writing never occurred to me.In order for you to understand the life of
this writer, I will start this series by answering some of the questions readers have
asked.To begin with, “Have you always
dreamed of becoming an author?
No.I never dreamed
of becoming an author, until the first day in a writing class I attended for
the fun of it.As I put my pen to the
paper, I was surprised and a little shaken by the words tumbling out of my
head. At that momentI recognized a
burning desire to express myself that had festered within me all my life. I had ignored
the yearning because it could never be satisfied, unless I became a preacher on
a pulpit or a politician on a podium. Who would listen to me?
Like a starving, thirsty soul stumbling across an arid land,
that simple class of creative writing became an oasis of fulfillment. I soaked
up the information offered and sought out to gorge myself with even more. I
surfed the internet, delved into books, fiction and non-fiction, and attended
conferences as if I were a shark engaged in a feeding frenzy. I wanted, no, I needed to
express myself. I had experiences to share, opinions to vent. How best to
accomplish the feat than to write a book?
The fun little writing class became like small boat. I
paddled along the beach admiring the scenery and absorbing the magic of the
moment, unaware I was drifting further out to sea.One day I looked around and I could no longer
see the shoreline.The water became
choppy and I paddled harder.I felt no
panic, but amazement instead, I had come so far, too far to go back.I had written a complete manuscript.
My fourth anniversary as an author is approaching and I want
tothank you, my readers who have followed me on this journey.