Have you ever wanted something so much you were afraid to even try?
Jude has been trying to be a novelist since she was fourteen. She was a good enough reader to see that the first two attempts (one when she was fourteen and one in her early twenties) weren’t good enough to publish. Then along came life. A seriously ill child who required years of therapy; a rising mortgage that led to a full-time job; her own chronic illness… the writing took a back seat.
As the years passed, the fear grew. She’d waited so long. If she never finished any of the dozens of novels she started, no one would ever judge them.
Jude’s mother believed in her, and on the way home from that great lady’s funeral, Jude realised she’d left it too late for her Mum to ever hold a print copy of one of her books. So she replaced the fear of finishing with the fear of not finishing, by telling everyone she knew that she was writing a novel.
In the five years from publishing her first fiction book in 2014, Jude published seven novels, thirteen novellas, a heap of shorter stories, and more novellas in group anthologies. She’s gathered hundreds of positive reviews, thousands of sales, and a handful of awards. She plans to keep going till she runs out of years.