Judy Keeslar Santamaria

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Judy Keeslar Santamaria has a Bachelor of Arts (music) and a Master’s in Education (Creative Arts in Learning). She’s enjoyed being a classroom teacher, music specialist, private piano teacher, and accompanist.
Her debut novel, Jetty Cat Palace Café, showcases her penchant for magical realism, family secrets and legacies, and eccentric heroines who outsmart their villains and thrive.
Judy lives near San Francisco with her husband who shares her passion for travel.

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Judy Keeslar Santamaria I love to write but when I get stuck, I remind myself that I GET to write, I don't HAVE to write. I then refresh my thinking by doing something nonver…moreI love to write but when I get stuck, I remind myself that I GET to write, I don't HAVE to write. I then refresh my thinking by doing something nonverbal that I also love like listening to instrumental music, working on a cross-stitch, or going for a hike. (less)
Judy Keeslar Santamaria Daily writing makes me more mindful, and being mindful helps me turn down the noise so I can hear what's truly important to me.
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An absolutely beautifully written history of the intriguing Polynesian world! And oh! At the end of the book, we are rewarded for our reading with the most gorgeous final sentence!
More of Judy's books…
“Sometimes we don’t understand certain things, and all we can do is give life our best and keep moving forward. Maybe someday we’ll look back, and it’ll all make sense.”
Judy Keeslar Santamaria, Jetty Cat Palace Café

“She loaded 'Gypsy', her favorite Fleetwood Mac song, into the CD player and remembered dancing to the magical rhythms and harmonizing with her mother so long ago, virtually levitating as though the song lifted them, weightless as roof angels, above the living room floor.”
Judy Keeslar Santamaria, Jetty Cat Palace Café

“Where does music go when it fades away?”
Judy Keeslar Santamaria, Jetty Cat Palace Café

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver

“Writing is a long process of introspection; it is a voyage toward the darkest caverns of consciousness, a long, slow meditation. I write feeling my way in silence, and along the way discover particles of truth, small crystals that fit in the palm of one hand and justify my passage through this world.”
Isabel Allende, Paula




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