1. What is your name/pen name?
Judith Natelli McLaughlin is my real, official name and the one I use on all my books. However, in daily life people call me Judy.
2. What do you write? Genre?
I love to write across genres, specializing in children’s chapter books, middle grade fiction, women's fiction, and poetry.
3. Tell us about yourself?
I am a woman who loves to write. I grew up as a kid who loved to write. I always had a passion for telling stories and writing poetry. In fact, I used any excuse to incorporate a poem into class assignments or family birthday presents. It seems a natural fit that I should now be an author!
4. What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub?
I LOVE Twitter. I have met so many interesting folks in the writing biz through twitter, and honestly, we are a very supportive crowd. So when I discovered the idea of a Twitter Pitch Party I thought, I'm in! Best. Decision. Ever.
5. Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience.
At three different pitch parties, I secured three different publishers. One for a children's chapter book. One for a work of middle grade fiction. And at #Pit2Pub my work of women's fiction, Love, Reality Style. All three books are now published and available to purchase. I 'd say it was a positive experience with an even greater than anticipated outcome!
6. Which publisher did you sign with?
From #Pit2Pub I signed with the amazing boutique Blue Moon Publishers, based in Toronto, Canada.
7. Tell us about your upcoming book.
How about a piece of a review from a happy reader? This seems to sum it up perfectly while simultaneously making this author smile so hard it hurts!
"McLaughlin has written a very endearing novel, whose central ideas portray genuine serious issues about giving and maintaining trust that individuals and couples face today. In a world where a stable marriage is not always assured, Love, Reality Style is a portrait of how these characters attempt to cope and find happiness in continually shifting conditions. This story is well written and has depth which surprised and pleased me. Fans of Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy the close sisterhood of friendship and journeys to self-discovery. Recommended women's fiction.” - Deb Martens, book blogger
8. When is your book scheduled to be released?
Love, Reality Style dropped on June 7, 2016! It is currently available at local New Jersey bookstores and on Amazon.com.
9. What is at the top of your bucket list?
On my short list, "I keep on hoping there'll be cake by the ocean!" And I mean real cake, like the Anytime Cake from Love, Reality Style. I'm picturing myself eating it in a beach chair with a cold glass of milk. On my long list, a trip to the Grand Canyon, mules and everything!
10. Parting words for other authors?
Making your dreams come true takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, and sometimes some outside of the box thinking. #Pit2Pub? I say, in 140 characters or less, go for it!