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A Carolina girl at heart, Judy grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina but in the past three decades planted her roots firmly along the shores of South Carolina. Since 2003 she and Jim, her husband, have lived primarily aboard their cruising catamaran, Abaco Lady, traveling extensively the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the northern Bahamas. Judy describes the boating life as, "living without a roof over my head!" Winters have been enjoyed in Abaco, Bahamas for the past eight years, but a land base remained in her beloved South Carolina.

Judy's career in real estate and finance was far from her avocation of writing. Journals and short stories fed her appetite for expressing herself through words. A class in creative writing allowed her the opportunity to submit and win a state contest for a short story set in Charleston, a favorite setting for her stories. Writing for only her family and a few friends continued until her retirement.

In 2012, while living in the Bahamas, she brought into focus her experience among the boating community as well as with the Bahamians and Haitians in the islands. Coupled with her love and respect for the Low Country of South Carolina, Judy wrote and published The Way Home, a work of southern fiction, as a tribute to the people and places she loves.

Following The Way Home is the second novel, We All Fall Down, in the trilogy of the lives of one Charleston family. The third and final novel, House of Folly, will be published in 2016. Judy also wrote and published a children's book, The Mermaid City - a Kiki Adventure last year.

Judy and Jim reside on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina and aboard their boat Lowcountry Lady in Beaufort, SC.




The grand irony is that the tragic career narcissist, for all her bravado, possesses an abhorrence for herself and experiences insecurity, anxiety and fear in every waking moment believing she is damaged, substandard goods and that there is nothing in her desirable or of value. The psychotic response of the narcissist is a well-played charade: to build oneself up by tearing everyone close to her down and to plagiarize the life of a prosperous and fruitful child.

Adding to the complexity of her nature is that to the casual acquaintance, these women appear as kind, charismatic and caring. Disguised as a lamb, she is a wolf on the hunt for her next prey, and she does not care whom she abases and devours to feed her insatiable appetite for an identity. The object of a narcissist's affection is in her own reflection.

Rachael, always the hero and savior of her family, needs a rescuer. In this third and final novel of her family, a conniving mother, backwoods threatening neighbors, and a murder on The Battery of Charleston collude to destroy her. It is time for Rachael to save herself.
By Judy Norwood Enter

A gratifying conversation with a pathological narcissist is as futile as speaking into a barren, colorless canyon that produces a defective and distorted echo. The warped canyon filters your voice and twists your words only as they relate to the deformed, subversive echo.  The malfunctioning recital you hear ratchets up its own excitement or hurt or windfall or lack of plenty when you dare to describe what brings you joy, pain, wealth, or poverty. The seditious, aberrant echo steals from your success or suffering and interprets your life as its own where the reality of recent experience is missing in any of those occurrences or emotions attached to them. If only it were an odd and self-serving echo in some far away, dismal canyon from which you could turn and run.

The unfortunate children born to one of these malformed echoes are bent toward a life of rejection, belittlement, disregard, and castaway mentality. The dismissed daughter begs for a consequential role on the stage of her mother's life; the censured teen son bolts from the mountains to sea level and lays everything and everyone on bare ground to assess and denigrate.  Moreover, the adult child of a self-adulating narcissist waffles from venue to venue of spouses, bosses, careers, friends, churches, and clubs and out of duty or ignorance or destitution and desperation, returns to the offending parent to find a place to be heard…just to be heard.

A far higher percentage of these heartbreaking characters are women. A mother who is one hundred percent engaged in herself is fully disengaged in her own child. She can only relate to the unsuspecting, doomed child as her daughter or son reflects on her, the parent: its intelligence and moral aptitude; its athletic prowess and artistic ability or creativity; its beauty or handsomeness - especially the child's appearance. If the child is deficient in any of these attributes, the undersupplied child is condemned to a life of discarded mediocrity for the impaired reason that it reflects poorly on the parent. But the paradox is if the child blindly discovers its gifts and exceeds the mother's natural or developed attributes in any way, the child is degraded and minimized in order the self-possessing narcissist believe and persuade others that she is smarter and more moral, more athletic and artistic and creative, and more beautiful. When this deserving child is rewarded for its beauty or achievements, the parent is quick to announce that homage is due not to the child, but to the parent from whose loins the child sprang. The filial expectation is that all traits good in the child reflect well on the parent.


By Judy Norwood Enter

A self-made, affluent real estate developer from Charleston disappears off a dark, desolate beach in the Bahamas. Daytona, his wife and the object of his frequent drunken rages, is the suspect.

When Daytona returns to the Lowcountry without her husband, she becomes the object of suspicion, threats, and pursuit by men who possess a violent grudge for the missing Jackson Beaufain. An avalanche of loss created by her husband's indebtedness to the Great Southern National Bank strips her of everything leaving her penniless.

Aunt Rachael, the benevolent wealthy family matriarch, returns from Haiti to rescue Daytona, and the women team up to investigate Jackson's dubious disappearance. Threats from a slick foreign stranger who harasses the family lead Daytona and Rachael on a perilous mission to discover why Jackson disappeared and if he is alive.

Bella Rue, Jackson's mother, is a belligerent woman who runs the family's third-generation shrimping business. Profane and contrary to the point of assault, Bella Rue has something to hide and fear. Her youngest son, Billy, is also missing and on the run.

The family implodes as the greed and lies of Jackson and Billy are exposed. Is Jackson alive or dead? What did the brothers do to cause a barrage of murderous threats from a foreigner? Arson, murder, Bella Rue's near-death wreck on Charleston's Ravenel Bridge, and Daytona's battering at the hands of an executioner all lead to her missing husband.

           




The debut novel from Judy Norwood Enter

Bobby Chapin reluctantly returns to Charleston, South Carolina, the city of his mangled childhood summoned by his estranged father's death in a plane crash and the unwanted job of settling Robert Chapin Sr.'s wealthy estate. Rachael, his stepmother and one-time family friend, becomes his affable agent and savvy sidekick as Bobby, under protest, steps into his father's shoes and traces his philanthropic life through the Low Country of coastal South Carolina, North Carolina, the Bahamas, and Haiti.

A sole dark secret, the key to the destruction of his family that began in the racially volatile South before Bobby and his brother, Jeff, were born, is discovered in his dead mother's journals. The ugly revelation leads Bobby and Rachael to Arlington, Virginia to meet a former Special Ops soldier, Mitchell Cummins, who owns a boutique security firm.

Fate or irony? Mitchell proves to be a savior when Rachael is terrorized in impoverished, crime-ridden Port-au-Prince, Haiti while finishing work on a children's home. The life or death circumstances place Bobby in the unthinkable position of trusting this dark stranger from his mother's past to save Rachael.

Haiti has one more blow to deal the family as Bobby and Rachael return for unfinished business. Their plane lands in Port-au-Prince just a few hours ahead of the devastating 7.0 earthquake of 2010.

This old southern family has an obvious love and respect for its roots in the vintage city of Charleston where their 18th-century mansion looks out on the historical Charleston Harbor. Their enjoyment of coastal Low Country food and wine is deliciously described and may give the reader an appetite for shrimp and grits accompanied by a favorite glass of wine.

So crank up some beach music, kick off your shoes, and prepare to stay up late to help Bobby find his Way Home!