Always passionate about children's literature, Judy O'Kelley has worked in libraries and bookstores collecting children's books long before her own children were born. Now, she is equally passionate about finding homes for all of the stories she has written.
Most recently, one of her stories found a home on the other side of the world when she had the privilege to be the lyricist and co-author of the English adaptation of The Legend of Jing Wei, a beautiful Chinese musical that debuted in Beijing in 2011, and anticipates a United States tour in the near future.
Meanwhile, she continues to enjoy publishing essays and articles for a delightfully diverse array of markets from the Chicago Tribune to Xinhua News, and is the creator of Judy O'Kelley Cards, an original line of greeting cards sold regionally in the U.S. As if that wasn't enough fun, Judy worked seventeen years in the broadcast industry, including her own radio commercial production company, writing, producing and voicing sixty-second vignettes for local and regional advertisers.
Judy still spends hours in the library at her wonderful day job, which is actually at night, working as a private tutor for high school students, teaching subjects from writing and literature to pre-calculus (a personal vice).
Judy has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois. Currently, she lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her artist/writer daughter and composer/performer son. Their cat, Coco, has yet to find his creative muse.
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