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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, 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 did some writing, 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, intimidated by the prospect of making it in the writing world, chose to be come a teacher of history, another high calling. No regrets there, either. I loved every minute I spent in the classroom.
Next came marriage, two children, then two grandchildren and life just 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 decided to retire 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.