Judy Alter


My books have won awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, Western Writers of America, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Museum (it may have a more generic name today). In 2005 I received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement from Western Writers of America, Inc. In 1989 I was named an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth and also named one of 100 women who have left their mark on Texas, by Dallas Morning News. Recently retired after twenty-two years as director of TCU Press, I am a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Sisters in Crime, and the Guppie chapter.
Most important things I’ve ever done: being a mother and grandmother. My home is in Fort Worth, Texas

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The Art of Candle Dipping
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
A short story based on an actual incident in the 1880s in North Texas, when Comanches threatened a family. The mother was dipping candles and used hot wax to protect her children.
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 84,030. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Against the background of sparsley settled western Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie tells the story of a pioneer woman physician. Through the years of her practice, Mattie finds romance and disappointment, battles won and loved ones lost. She endures to find a richness she could only find on the plains. A realistic portrait of life on the plains and one unforgettable woman.

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