Prose, Judy believes, can grasp a point in time where a dozen or more contradictions meet. It can make us suddenly aware of that exquisite place where pain and joy collide
We each construct our intimate environments to reflect our beliefs and fears. To break down those constructions can take a great deal of courage, undertaken with a faulty understanding that something may be wrong, though where or what is a mystery. Judy believes the greatest heroes have that kind of courage, though they are rarely acknowledged for it.
And at a time where we may be seeing a resurgence of feminism, a resurgence of awareness of women’s issues worldwide, this identification of the non-traditional hero, or simply the non-traditional protagonist, is an important thing.
‘It’s important,’ she says, ‘because then we also acknowledge that our prevailing culture is not only made up of more than meets the eye, but also contains many sub-cultures with which it relates.
‘One of these is women’s.’
Judy’s stories, many of which have won awards or been placed in competitions, are peopled with these heroes, these other protagonists.