Judi Dettorre

Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.

I’m a 50 something woman living on the Boston North Shore. After many, many moons of working, commuting and being overly busy I retired to begin not only a new chapter but a new book.  I’ve rediscovered my first love-writing and poetry and now write every day.

Other interests include cooking, traveling, arts and crafts, volunteering, hiking, reading and yoga. My daily to do list include writing, learn something new, laugh and enjoy.

What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!

I’m proud to tell you that “On Loss” includes a short poem of mine. It’s a humorous look at getting older, the loss of youth. Honored to be included with so many talented authors.

Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology? 

Erica, we are in a writing skill group and poetry circle together.

What else have you written or are you most proud of?

My first published pieces were in “The Writers Next Door” an anthology put together by my writing group. It was a leap of faith to share my writings with others so I’m proud that I took a chance on myself.

What is your current work in progress?

Poetry and a memoir about my lifelong love/hate affairs with diets.

What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?


What’s your favorite genre of books to read?

I’m a fast reader and has been known to read a book a day at times. I’ll read any and all genres. Tel me about a good book and I’ll read it.

What advice would you offer new writers

Write, write and write! Submit and don’t take rejections personally. Not everyone will like everything you write but that is not a reflection of you. Submit work that is finished and polished and be proud of yourself for the effort, Keep going.

Leave us with a favorite quote! 

When people ask me why I write…

“Because I can make everything up as I go along”

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