Me and My Books

I write. A lot. Novels, short stories, song lyrics / music, flash fiction, angry letters to the editor of our local newspaper that send the entire town into a hissy fit (okay, I haven't done that yet, but it's on my bucket list), screenplays, stage plays, and freelance articles for various journals / magazines.

Charles Bridge at night - Prague.
I have different pen names for the various genres in which I write. Helps with marketing, with emails, and generally with keeping my projects compartmentalized and under control.

I'm a control freak.

I'm also a library technician in an elementary school. My day job consists of books, and literacy, and elementary students.

I have a potty mouth and a tendency to be sarcastic as all get out.

Which makes the day job challenging - never a dull moment - sort of hectic. But I love it and it keeps me young at heart.

My husband is a high school social studies teacher and basketball coach. He's big into politics and history, and the best thing - travel. We've road-tripped across Canada and still have loads of places to explore in this vast country of ours, have celebrated New Years Eve on Waikiki Beach, and have gone on two European tours with grade 10-12 students. And we're always planning more. Not only do I get to see the world and absorb the culture / stories / philosophies - I get to travel with the intended audience of my work. It's a vacation and research trip all in one.
Rockin' my bass. Yup.

We have three crazy labs, because - well - we're a bit insane that way. We love them like they're our kids. But we can put them in a crate for a time out....I don't think that's allowed with children.

My Books

I'm thrilled to announce my edgy young adult manuscript, LOSING IT, has a home with Bloomsbury Spark and will be released in the Fall of 2014 under my pen name, Judith Tewes.

I also have several titles published and upcoming titles contracted under my pen name, Judith Graves. They are:

Under My Skin (available now, Leap Books)
Second Skin (available now, Leap Books)
Skin of My Teeth (December 2013, Leap Books)
Hour of the Wolf (ETA 2014, Leap Books)

Standalone titles

Killer's Instinct (October 2013, Leap Books) and co-written with Dawn Dalton.
Strangeways Versus the Blood Brothers (ETA 2014, Leap Books)

Charity Anthologies

SPIRITED Anthology: 13 Haunting Tales (available now, Leap Books) - my steampunk short story Strangeways Versus the Wraith appears in this anthology with proceeds going to a literacy-based charity.

Winter Wonders Anthology (available now, Compass Press) - my steampunk short story, The Steadfast Steam Soldier, appears in this anthology with proceeds going to a literacy-based charity.

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