Judy Lytle


Judy Lytle currently works in non-profit scientific research. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, and has spent the last 10 years managing research programs for the Federal Government, private philanthropy, and now non-profit. She is an athlete and certified fitness instructor, who has participated in team sports, martial arts, and triathlon her entire life. She lives in Seattle, WA with her loving husband Shamyl Zakariya, two sweet little dachshunds, and one very ungrateful cat. Judy has written one book, "A Mile in Her Shoes," as a tribute to her dearly departed mother, who was indeed a force to be reckoned with.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew in a blue-collar, Catholic neighborhood south of Philadelphia. But I grew up in a multi-cultural house. My mother was South Korean. She met my father when he was active duty Air Force and stationed in Korea. This was around 1970. They fell in love, got married, and moved to the United States. It was a little strange being "hapa" in an otherwise white and black neighborhood. But I think it provided an extra perspective. I take that perspective and that multi-cultural upbringing with me in everything I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
When I started writing 'A Mile in Her Shoes,' I didn't even think about the publishing process. When it came time to figure that piece out, I sent about a dozen cover letters to various agents. Then I thought, there's gotta be a better way. My book is novella length, at 25,000 words, and publishers don't really want to bother with stories that are that short. But I wanted my book out there, figuring it's a good book club story, a beach read, a lazy Saturday treat. But mostly, it's my mother's story. Smashwords gave me the opportunity to share my book with the world. I might not have otherwise had the opportunity to do so.
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Where to find Judy Lytle online


A Mile in Her Shoes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,410. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
“A Mile in Her Shoes” is a semi-fictional tale that combines storytelling, science, and magical realism to transport the reader through 60 years and across two continents. Lytle presents a “life flashed before my eyes” scenario with a twist, chronicling the life of her mother, a Korean-born American full of vim and vigor, who was quick with a dirty joke, and fiercely battled racism and illness.

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