Judy Christenberry hasn't always been a writer, but she's
always been a dreamer. As a child she often kept herself
entertained while doing chores by making up elaborate
stories—stories, she admits, in which she was always the
heroine. Judy didn't actually start writing until she
turned thirty-eight, the year after the heartbreak of her
father's unexpected death.
Over time, it became apparent that there were two central
themes dominating her writing: family and small-town life.
In addition, many of her books have cowboy heroes—partly
because she read all Zane Grey's romantic versions of the
Old West as a teenager, and partly because of the influence
of her parents, who both grew up on farms.
The last element that frequently appears in Judy's stories
is a dash of humor—just enough to bring a smile to your
With a smile and a wink of her own, she says that she
believes that laughter is good medicine...and it definitely
makes a six-foot hunk even more attractive.