storyteller | dreamer | blogger | heart for animals | idea generator | loves new pens and making people laugh | global thinker
You might be wondering what I’m about.
Well, I am happiest when I am writing. I blog to release my true stories in the hope that they will help my readers learn to navigate the bumps in the road of life and live to tell about it.
I am a contributing author to the Amazon bestselling women’s memoir anthology Seasons of Our Lives: Winter.
I am currently in a race to the finish line with my new project, my first full-length memoir. She’s Out Late traces the journey of a young girl who sheds her repressive past—a childhood ruled by an unforgiving mother and a rigid, homophobic church—to become an activist for progressive causes.
But what she thinks she has escaped comes back to haunt her when her grown daughter comes out as a lesbian. In the end she must choose between embracing her mother’s uncompromising religious values and giving her daughter the unconditional love she so desperately needs.
7 things you’d probably rather not know about me but I’m going to tell you anyway
1. I can speak four languages.
I know French, English, Spanish and Swahili. (Okay, I can only say ‘Four knives will be sufficient’ in Swahili, but you never know when that will come in handy.)
2. I have written three middle grade children’s novels.
They are sitting forlornly on the shelf, still in rough draft stage. Someday I will finish them.
3. I was attacked once by a mob of angry mosquitoes in Senegal, West Africa.
After I had fallen asleep, the college intern who was joining our team for the summer had come into the hotel room we were sharing and opened the window because she was ‘too hot!’ I woke up looking like Elephant Woman.
4. I can sing some very strange songs.
Because I used to teach first graders, I can still sing ‘I’m a Little Pile of Tin, No One Knows What Shape I’m In’ all the way through, complete with the hand motions and honking sound effects. Since leaving teaching, I have only sung it once in public. It was in a place called the Silver Dollar Bar somewhere in Montana.
5. When I was in third grade, I wanted to be an interpreter at the United Nations.
Different goal. Strange child. I got laughed at a lot.
6. I’m a reader, a feeder and a collector.
In my spare time, I like reading 19th century novels (Have you read Les Misérables lately? It’s fun!), preparing gourmet meals for stray cats and collecting those little snow globe thingies.
7. When I get bored, I like to make things up.
I love turning the sound off old movies and voicing new lines of dialogue for the characters. Old 40s movies in black and white work the best. All that drama! Seems like they were always arguing about something.
Oh, and I’d love to connect with you on Twitter. My Twitter name is JudyLeeDunn. We can talk about stuff over there, too!
Or contact me me anytime. I’d love to hear to hear from you.