Judith Lesley Marshall


Judith was born and brought up in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. She had a varied career as a modern languages lecturer, complementary therapist and library officer before setting up as a freelance creative writing coach.
She led the Winning Words project for Barnard Castle in 2012 when it was chosen as a beacon town for promoting poetry as part of the cultural Olympic programme.
Her work has been published in anthologies and magazines since the late 1990s. In 2013 a selection of poems based on her family history was published by Mudfog press under the title of 'Life Lines.' An e-Book version was published with Smashwords as ' Land of my Ancestors.'
Judith is currently working on fantasy poetry fusions and expanding the provision of creative retreats which she organises for writers and artists at venues with literary/artistic connections in North Yorkshire and County Durham.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing process is organic. Once the seed of inspiration is sown I run with the flow to see where it takes me. This provides the opportunity for both the reader and myself to be surprised and delighted by the outcome.
I put the initial draft away for a while, review and redraft until it is the best I can make it, share it with first readers, then redraft again and again until I am ready to release it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' is one of the most memorable. It opened a door in my mind to the world of science fiction and fantasy. While I have tried my hand at science fiction, my heart embraces the fantasy side of this genre.
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Where to find Judith Lesley Marshall online


Finding Sanctuary
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Finding Sanctuary is a collection of poems which evolved out of exploring the theme of 'sanctuary.' They have been interwoven with poems written following a motor home tour of New Zealand and can be read either individually or as a sequential journey. They are the author's third fantasy short story/poetry fusion.
Till Life Do Us Part
Price: Free! Words: 780. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Till Life Do Us Part is a short story inspired by the idea of an ancient culture arranging for people to be married after death. It is set in the realm of Death, a dark vacuum in deep space, and explores the consequences of such a tradition.
A Shepherd's Tally
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Inspired by a shepherd's score taught to me as a child, 'A Shepherd's Tally' is a selection box of sheep-themed poems. Readers will recognise echoes of traditional Christmas carols and nursery rhymes as well as modern verse forms. Thirteen poems make up the set, one for each month in the luni-solar calendar. The whole is a celebration of Auld Lang Syne.
Price: Free! Words: 810. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Masquerade is a fantasy poetry story rooted in the concept of carnival and inspired by the trees, buildings and living statues of Barcelona. The sequence of poems follow the fortunes of Kat, a modern working mum, who adopts a range of coping strategies when her daily life is overturned.
Land of my Ancestors
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Land of my Ancestors is a collection of poems inspired by the author's research into her farming and mining roots in Teesdale, Weardale and the Upper Pennine region of England. Voices found in documents, the landscape and scraps of memory are brought to life to weave together the threads of a family linked by love, loss, pain, hope and travel.
Twisting in the Land of Light
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A fantasy poetry story based in modern Greece. A fusion of fantasy, poetry, myth, magic and family history.
At the Gates
Price: Free! Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A short story about a young man who enters an English monastery in search of a better life and ends up trapped in time.
Zipangu, Year of the Dog 1274: The Second Wave
Price: Free! Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Set in Zipangu (ancient Japan) at the time of the first Mongol invasion, The Second Wave is the story of Chen who survives the typhoon sent by sun-goddess Amaterasu to protect the island chain. Washed up on a beach and close to death, he is rescued by monks from the nearby temple. He evades capture by adapting to life among them until the time of the second invasion.

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