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About Judith Redline Coopey
Here I am in all my bathing beauty splendor, doing what I love most: floating on a river. This is the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in western Pennsylvania where I spent much of my youth.
My story is simple -- I was the youngest of eight (and, no, I was NOT the spoiled baby), grew up in a working class family in Altoona and Williamsburg, PA, loved to read and saw writing as the highest calling. Both of my parents were readers, and my dad even wrote a novel about his experiences in World War I (see the 'Books' page), so the inspiration was there from the start.
I won a scholarship to Penn State (best thing that ever happened to me because it led to all the other best things), and, afraid to try to make it as a writer, chose to be come a teacher of history, another high calling. No regrets there, either. I loved every minute I spent in the classroom.
There was marriage, children, grandchildren as life kept going along carrying me with it. I wrote a little here and there, attended writers' conferences, published a few articles. I never let the dream die, but when I retired from teaching, I knew it was time to write or go home, so I started writing and haven't stopped since.
Historical fiction is my genre -- no bodice ripping romances for me -- just well researched interesting stories of those who've gone before. I write the kind of stories I like to read: of strong people facing the challenges life lays before them, following their inner light and living responsible lives.
Still floating after all these years
Floating on the Raystown -- 1946