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www.judifennell.com I have been writing for as long as I can remember, winning my first writing award in a second grade Caldecott Medal contest. Readers’ Digest gave me my very first publishing credit in April, 1994, and I was hooked. I seemed to have followed writing contests around, being a finalist in such online contests as American Title III, sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreview Magazine and Dorchester Publishing, and two First Chapters contests, sponsored by Gather.com and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.

My imaginary friend was Casper the Friendly Ghost. The little ghoul even had a special place set for him at our dinner table and got blamed for many of my childhood mishaps. I grew up watching Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Addams Family–my mom looked like Elizabeth Montgomery and I had a special Barbie outfit that looked like Morticia Addams’ dress. My favorite books are Bewitching by Jill Barnett and A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Devereaux, so it should come as no surprise that I like to write tongue-in-cheek lighthearted paranormals

I love pop culture and manipulating language, so you’ll find lots of puns, double entrendre, plays-on-words, alliteration, clichés, and twisting of phrases, as well as several one-liners in my stories that give me a few chuckles. I studied Spanish at Penn State (Go Lions!), lived in Spain and traveled throughout that beautiful country.

I’ve always written and still have my journal from fourth grade where, even then, my stories were full of fantastical creatures, whimsy and magic. I wrote my first romance in 9th grade and still have that story in my memory chest. Even back then I dreamed of being a writer.

And in June, 2009, my dream of seeing my stories in print came true. Sourcebooks has published my Mer series, In Over Her Head, Wild Blue Under, and Catch of a Lifetime. A genie series will follow beginning January 2011, with I Dream of Genies out first, to be followed by Genie Knows Best, and Leave It To Genie.

Please stop by my website: wwwJudiFennell.com to see reviews, quotes, excerpts, deleted scenes and the three winners of my romantic beach getaway contests.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to post a comment!

I get questions about my road to publication, so here’s some of it:

In September, 2006, my manuscript, Beauty and The Best, was chosen by Dorchester Publishing and Romantic Times Book Review Magazine as a finalist in their American Title III contest and the search for publication heated up.

Then in May, 2007 the same book was chosen from over 2,676 entries as a Top 20 Finalist (the only Romance) in the Simon & Schuster/Gather.com First Chapters contest.

In July, 2008, so many people from Gather and RWA emailed me about the new Gather.com/Pocket Books First Chapters Romance contest that I entered In Over Her Head, and made it to the Top 5, garnering me multiple agent offers. I signed with Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates, and in July 2008, Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks loved the story enough to buy it and the next two in the series!

8 Responses

  1. I enjoyed heaing about you and voted for your book. I am the former President of the Penn State Montco Club and the Penn State Alumni Regional Blue Band Director.
    I have coached over 600 children since 2001 in over 3 sports per year. When I am not coaching I run YourrefiSource.com a Mortgage business licensed in almost every state. Let me know if I may be of help to you. I am in the process of publishing my book, How to Survive in Suburbia. Soon to be made into a feature film.

  2. Hi Judi,

    I didn’t know how to contact you re the Golden Heart contest. I am a finalist in the Inspirational category.

    Susan Mason WYNDERMERE HOUSE

    Thanks.

    S.

  3. Hey Judi,

    Happy Birthday! It is a great day for a birthday, even if it is Friday the 13th!.

    Loved reading your website. You are a fantastic writer, and your books will sell!

    I remember Beauty and the Best from the First Chapters contest, too.

    And your interview with Carolyn Jewel, fantastic trailer!

    I hope I will make it to a convention this year or next.

  4. Hi, Judi,

    I’ve been staring at your name wondering where I heard it and when I saw the title In Over Her Head, I remembered the First Chapters romance contest on Gather! I’m so pleased you found a place for publication. Your first two chapters were so unique. Congratulations!

    -Gayle :)

  5. I love your site. Keep it up !

  6. Congratulations, Judi, on ALL your successes so far. Those of us who have k nown about you all through your early school years, especially through conversations with your mother (We still have great laughs when we bump into one another!!), aren’t surprised that “make-believe” would end up your literary genre……..have you thought about audiobooks?

  7. Hi Judi:

    I play Scrabble with my classmtes from LM Class of 61 and have been reading your excerpts. Your Mom was proud to tell me you have a new book coming out tomorrow and I can’t wait to read it.

    congratulations on all your success thus far and I know you will do well in the future too.

  8. Hi Eleanor!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Gotta love the internet. :) Are you kicking my mom’s butt on Scrabble?

    Thanks for all the good wishes, and right back at you!

    ~Judi http://www.JudiFennell.com fairy tales with a twist WILD BLUE UNDER ~ Winner, Prism Award CATCH OF A LIFETIME ~Winner, Golden Leaf I DREAM OF GENIES ~ STARRED review, Publishers Weekly

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