Goes for the heart...
When life threw Judy Duarte a curve twenty years ago, she did what
many newly single mothers do. She pulled herself and her four kids
together, became even more determined to come out on top, and decided
to start following her dreams. What better role model could she
provide her children than to show them that anything is possible?
So, she returned to school, graduating from UC Irvine about the
same time her oldest kids hit the teen years.
her dream of getting her degree having come true, another dream
presented itself by way of a new, perfect mate. Life was good again,
but one dream still nagged at her:
"I always knew there was a book inside me, but since English
was my least favorite subject in school, I never considered myself
All her life Judy has been spinning stories--telling tales to her
kids as they grew up, plotting stories and creating characters to
fill the time during carpool days and all those commutes back to
college...and she never stopped dreaming of putting those stories
on paper. Determined to follow her yearnings, she joined Romance
Writers of America and met her critique partners Crystal Green and
Sheri WhiteFeather (both are now multi-published award-winning authors
and the trio have worked together and encouraged each other ever
“I might not have been a born writer, but I was a storyteller.
The characters and plots came easy, but I had to learn how to make
the scenes in my head come alive for the reader. And that meant
I had to learn how to write.”
Judy's determination to become a published author grew and she
began focusing on creating poignant stories designed to touch a
reader's heart. As she fine-tuned her writing style and learned
her craft, she found herself writing the stories she liked to read.
Stories about families, second chances, and true love. In creating
her own happily-ever-after stories she took ordinary characters,
put them in emotionally compelling situations, and forced them to
grow. They learned, as she had, that when a door is closed, they
must look for that open window.
“Since I love books and movies in which people must overcome
insurmountable odds to win and earn their happy-ever-after, those
are the kinds of tales I like to create.”
Judy's unpublished stories won not only the coveted Emily (West
Houston RWA Chapter) and Orange Rose (Orange County RWA Chapter)
awards, but also earned her the status of a double RWA Golden Heart
finalist in 2001.
Then Judy's dream became a reality in March 2002 when Silhouette
Special Edition released her first book, COWBOY COURAGE. Since then,
she has published seventeen books and is contracted to write three
more. Her stories have touched the hearts of readers around the
world. Her tales of redemption and renewed trust generate many fan
letters from readers who tell her of the positive impact reading
her stories have had in their lives.
A woman who had been shattered by her husband’s recent betrayal
and desertion had not been able to read or watch anything that had
a romance involved writes: I saw your book in the store, and
the title caught my eye. (I have a thing for cowboys.) When I read
the back cover, I bought it and couldn’t put it down. I finished
it in one day. I still have my doubts about meeting a decent man
and trusting again. But maybe in time I will be able to love again.
I will be watching for your next book.
In July 2005, Judy won the prestigious Reader's Choice Award for
THE RICH MAN'S SON.
“When I received the call telling me I had finaled in the
Reader’s Choice, I was thrilled beyond measure. Being judged
by real readers and recognized as a finalist was a joy in itself.
I went to the ceremony honored to be in attendance. And when they
announced me the winner, tears came to my eyes and a lump formed
in my throat. It took days for my feet to touch the ground.”
Judy makes her home near the beach in Southern California with
her husband, their son, and a cat named Mom. "It gets a bit
confusing," she admits, "especially when the cat decides
to curl up in a secluded cubby hole and hide. I'm not sure what
the neighbors think when my son walks up and down the street calling
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