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About the Author

Judith Austin Mills is not a native Texan, but after having lived in the state for more than fifty years, she feels as if she knows the setting.

Maybe it was moving around in early childhood—from Kansas to Massachusetts to New York to New Jersey to Michigan, and then to Texas—that made setting catch so much of her attention. In her short stories and novels, too, characters often find themselves at the point of departure. A new setting calls

Despite the obligations of parenting and full-time teaching years ago, the author found an energizing sense of purpose along the path to an MA in English. Being accepted into UT Austin’s graduate Creative Writing concentration made all the difference.

The short story “Lost Autumn Blues” won first place fiction in UT’s Analecta, and near the end of her graduate studies, she was named runner-up for UT’s Nothwang Fellowship for creative writing.

Since receiving her advanced degree, she has completed one short fiction collection and started on another. Three story publications are credited in literary journals beyond Texas. She also completed three other novels, including Tripping Home, which won first place in WLT’s 2001 mainstream manuscript contest.

The writer’s output shifts to poetry without her say, and she completed two book-length manuscripts in 2001, one before September 11–entitled Accidental Joy–and one after, entitled A Psalm by Any Other Name. In the last decade, poems from these volumes have appeared in AIPF’s Diverse-City, and she has received a Pushcart nomination.

Since undertaking the Texas Revolution novels How Far Tomorrow and Those Bones at Goliad, Judith Austin Mills has developed a keen interest in the trails that ancestors embarked upon, and in history in general. Upon retiring from teaching English as an Adjunct, Associate Professor at Austin Community College, she began writing a sequel to her previous books. After befriending yet another Georgia Battalion descendant, she envisioned the full story of James Peter Trezevant’s service during 1836. Captain Juan Seguin’s action during the independence fight and the continuing story of Yarico intertwine in the author’s newly finished novel The Dove Shall Fly, due out in spring 2018.

Judith Austin Mills keeps taking the writers’ trail, one fork at a time.

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