Australian Judy (Judith) Crozier has been writing for much of her life – from the dramatic thirty-page epic written at the age of 12 (reversing her friends’ names so as to give a suitable foreign feel to her characters) to now. In between, she has been a journalist and an award-winning short story writer. She has also been a community worker, local government representative, a creative writing teacher, a singing teacher and a blues singer, an editor of journals and a proof-reader for seven years of the Victoria Government Gazette, in the State of Victoria, Australia. ‘I believe you can get less for murder,’ she laughs.
Judy had a lot of time to read as a child, living an isolated life in Vietnam of the 60s, where her father was attached to the Australian Embassy in Saigon. She attended a French convent there. By the time her family left, she had read her way through the entire children’s section of the British Council Library and halfway through the adult section, beginning with Thackaray and Dickins.
She was born in Malaya and also lived in Burma as a small child, where her father was a mining engineer.
Her short stories have won awards in competitions in Australia, in Ireland (online) and in the US (also online). For the past few years she has concentrated on novel-writing, having completed a Master of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. This involved intensive research as well as the first chapters of her novel based in Victorian London.
‘It was a time of enormous change and contradiction, exciting and terrifying for a woman – such as my main character – whose future looks pretty uncertain,’ says Judy. ‘Life in burgeoning London is urgent, exciting… and cheap.’
Judy now lives in France, where she took herself in 2015 to be closer to the world and for new experiences. She found her perfect village in the south and can now practice the French she first learned as a child in Vietnam.
Judy Crozier’s novel, After Jehovah, will be published by Regal House in 2018.