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?”
Reminiscing about 2013 occupied so much of my thoughts I
forgot to give everyone heads up about upcoming events in 2014.
I will be giving a FREE seminar Monday night, January 6th,
7pm at the Ovitt
Community Library in Ontario, Ca. Don’t miss an opportunity to emerge from
isolation out into the world of other writers. Even if you are only thinking
about writing, this seminar will inspire you …get the creative juices flowing. There
will be handouts and autographed books available.
Are you an RVer, or a wanna be RVer? Check out the Family
Motor Coach Association Rally at the Indio fairgrounds in California January 8th
through the 12th. You don’t have to be a member or own an RV in order to
attend. The rally is open to the public.Everything
for and about RVs and the RV lifestyle will be available at this rally. It is
one of the largest rallies in the southwest region. It is not a sales lot,
though there will be plenty of RVs to drool over. There will be seminars and demonstrations
covering any questions you might have about recreational vehicles and the RV
Have you ever thought
That’s the title of my seminar I’ll be presenting at the
rally on Thursday January 9th at 9am.Did you know that 20% of the
population has thought about writing?I’ll cover the basics of how I became entrenched in this career and became
a top ranking Amazon author, earning money on the road. When I presented this seminar
two years ago and it was a hit. The seminar is FREE. I hope to see you there.
And finally, whether or not you have the RV fever, come to
Quartzite, Arizona after Indio. Quartzite, Arizona is the RVer’s mecca. Once a
year, the little town whose population is less than 2000, becomes
a BIG, little town during January boasting a temporary population of over a
million, mostly RVers.
Quartzite is a shopper’s mecca. If you like to shop
for anything or everything, this is the place to be. The phenomenon is undescribable…it must be experienced.
Readers Oasis Bookstore is a must. The owner, Paul Winer was known as “Sweetie
Pie” in his younger days as a strip dancer in Canada. These days Paul is known
as the desert’s naked bookstore owner and operates his bookstore as naked as the
law will allow. Click on the link below
to watch the video of his store. Nakedness aside, Paul has an amazing collection
of rare books and hard to find editions. the Readers Oasis Bookstore
Paul hosts an Authors Fair every year in January. I participated two
years ago and enjoyed meeting many other authors. The attendance was great
because many come by to see the “main attraction.” I hope to spend a day or two at the Authors
So there you have it. January 2014. Stay tuned because in March I will be in the Authors Pavilion at the
Wow! Another year is wrapping up. One of my favorite things
this time of the year is gathering up the memories of places I’ve visited and
people I’ve met along this exciting road I’m traveling.
Christmas Eve 2012. I
fixated on the weather channel and thought of other childhood Christmas Eves
when I listened with anticipation for the clatter on the roof top to see what
was the matter. No hint of peppermint candy or stockings hung with care
flavored my excitement this night, only dread clogged in my head. Santa was
ridingon the winds of a tornado that night but missed our
campground in Summerdale, Alabama by thirty miles, touching down in Mobile
Whoever or whatever controlled the winds and tides, spared
Sportster and me the tornado experience saving it for a future date,
perhaps?2013 arrived on well paved
roads and blue skies.
I consumed over fifteen hundred hours of 2013 researching
and writing my next book, Invisible
Heroes. I began, gung ho, ready to interview vets with service dogs and post-traumatic
stress disorders, never considering these obvious facts: Most veterans acquired
a service dog because strangers are discomforting and strangers wanting to
discuss their personal feelings and wartime experiences are the worst. And I
knew nothing about the military. Up until now, perhaps like many Americans, I
had not given much thought to our veterans. When the subject came up, of course
I was grateful for their sacrifice, just not aware of how great.
No matter how difficult the task, those who know me will
say, “Judy’s no quitter.” Like the winds of fate amazing people have led me
along this path of discovery.
Luis swept me up into this intense, heart wrenching
subject and fused my determination to bring to the public’s attention to this
tragedy that is killing over twenty veterans a day after they return home.
I initiated my research, spending hours at The Laundered Mutt and Training Center.
The owners, Kat and Mike, allowed me access to hours
of training classes. They introduced me to Mario Borregos, a veteran who had
just acquired his service dog, Sierra.
So honored to meet them, my emotions
choked me and I was speechless.
Traveling in Florida I met Kevin Crowell and his dog Bella
at an Elks club in St. Augustine. Kevin, like Mario, was eager to spread the
word about the benefits of a service dog.
Now a year later, as a team, Kevin & Bella
pose at their graduation.
During my endless hours of research, I attended an open house
for the Canine
Companions For Independencelocated
in Oceanside, Ca. Everyone knows New York Times bestselling author Dean
Koontz . Koontz jumped away from his normal genre and wrote A Big Little Life the story of Trixie a dog
from Canine Companions For Independence or CCI for short. Koontz has donated millions
over the years to CCI. Above is a photo of Jeanne and Heather, a hearing dog and graduate of CCi.
My book, Invisible Heroes,
is nearing completion. As the
publishing date approaches, like every author I know, my stomach clenches with
doubts and insecurities. Whoever said writing was easy?
My “service cat”
Sportster, soothes my nerves and pushes the laptop lid closed when he senses I need
a break from my own mind.Whatever winds
and tides sweep through these final months of completion, Sportster and I
weathered 2013 and we