In midlife, after a career as a lawyer and as a mother of three, Judy McFarlane followed her dream of becoming a writer and completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
As she graduated, Judy met a young woman with Down syndrome who wanted to write. The result was two books: Grace Chen wrote Cinderella-Grace: Vancouver Princess, and Judy wrote Writing with Grace, A Journey Beyond Down Syndrome. Douglas &McIntyre published Judy’s book 2014 and made Grace’s book available via print-on-demand.
Judy has also written and produced several radio documentaries for CBC. She has worked as a writer-in-residence in multiple schools throughout B.C. and Ontario, where she helps students write and produce plays about issues important to them.
She currently lives and writes Vancouver.