Judy Lawn has been writing for thirty years. Her ideas for her short stories, picture books and novels come from her love of animals and nature, and a childhood spent exploring the countryside and beaches of New Zealand’s North Island.
A keen fisher, Judy’s first published short story was a fishing yarn, Sam’s Kingie.
Other short stories have been published in various magazines, including New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Australian/New Zealand Woman’s Day and Takahe Magazine. Two children’s stories were produced on National Radio.
Her adult novels are: Daisies Never Die and Watch Over Me, the first two stories in the Rose Rountree Mystery Series, and Progressions, which won the 2005 EPIC Award for Best Single Title/Mainstream.
Her first children’s picture book was The Shrimp Who Wanted to be Pink, Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd 2003. Sebastian’s Tail, Penguin Group (NZ) was published in 2008. Two non-fiction books on creative writing have also been published.
Judy lives on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula where the many beautiful beaches and parklands provide inspiration for her stories.
A long-held dream of starting her own publishing company came to fruition in 2011, with the launch of Jupiter Publishing NZ Ltd. The company ran until July, 2015. Five books were published, including two children’s picture books, Jossie’s New Home and Jamie’s Monsters.
To learn more about Judy, and to read excerpts from her novels, and the short story, Sam’s Kingie, visit her website: www.judylawn.com