Judith began her voyage into the world of storytelling at a young age. As a child she loved to read and watch television and movies; she simply loved a good story and began to enjoy completing school writing assignments. She also adored history because to her all the dry facts translated into wonderful romantic stories. At age eleven she wrote her first epic, a Civil War spy story that may not have been any good, but reinforced her love of historical fiction. From that moment on, she had high hopes of someday seeing her name on a real book. It was a dream she would pursue even when it seemed very far off.
College, a short career in nursing, and then elementary school teaching sidetracked her for a while. The idea of writing for a living never really occurred to her. But God seemed to gently nudge her back to her first love"writing.
At first is was merely therapeutic, a release from the tensions of life. Then long-time friend Michael Phillips happened to take a look at some of her work. Phillips, who had already published several books, saw promise in what she'd written and suggested Pella collaborate with him on a Scottish novel he wanted to write but didn't have time to do alone.
Out of this partnership came their first book, Heather Hills of Stonewycke. Judith's dream was realized, her name was on the cover of a book. The thrill of that first book has never dimmed, even after the publication of many more novels including The Russians series, Texas Angel, Heaven's Road, the Daughters of Fortune series and many more.
Judith gives all the credit to God for, like her biblical hero, Peter, who was a simple fisherman, God has been able to coax the hidden talents and gifts from within her, and cause them to blossom.
Judith does her writing in her home in Oregon where she lives with her family. Judith fills her free time with quilting, collecting things for her doll house, and reading. She and her husband enjoy sailing on the Columbia River. But telling stories through her writing remains one of her favorite things to do.