Judy Rostedt is definitely not mechanically minded – ask her to assemble a ‘do-it-yourself’ kit and she’ll panic but pass her a pen and she’ll purr!
In four score years, the writer has explored more avenues than a taxi driver: nursing the sick, working as a travelling photographer, designing and painting theatre backdrops and teaching the ‘how’ of tracing family trees. Her priority over the years has been working with her husband to raise six children, but she has found time for working in youth programs, reporting and reading the news, running her own financial business and selling everything from flowers to fridges. The author has dabbled in many of the arts, served two years as a full time missionary, even dived in wrecks for sunken treasure, but her passion in life is writing. For her, creating landscapes with oils is enjoyable; painting with words is bliss.
‘Researching and writing my 90 year-old mother’s memoir taught me more about the heroes and horrors of the Great Depression than any classroom. Creating new characters stretches my imagination and enlivens my soul.’
Judy believes our time here offers more than mere sustenance for the body and cites as her mantra: ‘Life my inspiration, words my tools, creativity God given, mediocrity for fools!
God and family are her daily bread, writing is the honey – Judy needs both to survive.