About Judith St. King:
Judith St. King is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both California and Michigan. She wrote her first short story, a mystery while in fourth grade. She acquired a GED after dropping out of high school at age fifteen. After that she went on to acquire three Master’s Degrees and a Ph.D. in psychology. She continues to work full-time in her practice at Women’s Personal Growth & Therapy, P.C. in Okemos, Michigan helping couples and those with behavioral addictions (spending, gambling, etc).
As a child Judith St. King lived near a state hospital for the insane and interacted with many residents, including Emily, a fictionalized character in her recent novel. Having had personal experiences with cultural bias and incompetency she was moved to write the novel Incomplete Diary of Good and Evil. Additionally she has written Somehow I Found Myself in Her Bed, a self-help book on recognizing how language is used to minimize responsibility. She has a cozy mystery soon to be published, Veil of Insight, as well as, a book to help women recognize a potential abusive partner in advance of commitment.
Judith’s cat, Purt writes a blog in which she shares stories about her life with Judith. While Purt’s typing is not the best and she often complains a bit, she gives much information about Judith’s writing process.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by life’s circumstances in which people overcome unexpected situations and difficulties. The resilience of people is amazing. Observing this over a lifetime is awesome. Additionally, the deeper we know another without judgement the more we know ourselves. I have a great desire to share this.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get up around 4 am and write for about an hour. Then I process the information and in the evening, after my regular work hours I review.
It’s based on an inspirations to share then do a partial outline, but that changes as I proceed.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
This is the fun part. I observe the character in my mind and ask ‘how would Janie (or whomever) respond in her or his heart? Then would that create an internal conflict? Then how does that person choose the resulting behavior?
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing, reading, and sharing your inspirations. I found taking a writing class to be helpful. I joined a writing group and find much help from others struggling with the process.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was in my heart to share the journey and about my truths whether others agree or not. This is especially true of my current book Incomplete Diary of Good and Evil as it encompasses much about social bias and judgments.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love that so many authors have the opportunity to share their work. I believe it gives readers a wide range of choices.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: fiction, cozy mystery, and self-help
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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