Judith Rook was born and raised in rural Yorkshire in the UK. The nearest city was Bradford, the great centre for wool processing, but she remembers fields running up to moorland much more clearly than mill chimneys.
Judith’s early writing was done in old accountants’ ledgers which had blank sheets interleaved with the ruled pages. She wrote on the ruled pages as well. Not thinking of becoming a writer, Judith wrote whatever she felt like writing: stories, poems, reflections. Then life intervened and her imagination went underground. For some time, she worked in education and wrote articles and reviews about music.
After a few years, Judith began to write fiction. Recording ideas that had been bottled up for a long time, she thought she had become an author. When rejection notices came in, she joined two writing groups, developed her technical skills and learned how to write stories for other people.
Judith is a compulsive reader. Sci-fi is her favourite genre, then come the great classics, followed closely by fantasy. She is fascinated by developments in human space exploration and reads a great deal of contemporary cosmology. Judith also admires good crime writers and one day she may try her hand at thrillers or crime stories.
As a young woman Judith emigrated to Western Australia where she lives now. From time to time she stirs herself to rally around important social issues and has been known to take to the streets in support, so long as there are good cafés along the way.
Periodically Judith turns to short stories. She finds the challenges of short story writing refresh and strengthen the techniques which she uses in her novels.