Judy Fleagle graduated from college with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in English. She made good use of them by spending 22 years teaching first and second grades in Los Gatos, California, and 21 years as editor/staff writer for Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines in Florence.
After retiring in 2009, Fleagle embarked on a third career as an author. She wrote Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges(2011), The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans (2013), Around Florence (2014, history of Florence area), and Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known (2015), about rescue animals that made great pets.
A fifth book is in the works and will be available early in 2017. All she will say is that it will be a specific kind of guide to the Oregon coast and it will not be about bridges! Hmm!
In 2011, Fleagle and children’s book writer Connie Bradley co-founded the Florence Festival of Books held each year on the last Friday and Saturday of September. This event provides a venue for writers and publishers to get their books in front of the public. The last few years have had about 80 authors and 10 publishers participating in the book fair on Saturday and a keynote speaker Friday evening. This year's keynoter is former criminal defense attorney and New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin––Oregon's own John Grisham.
Fleagle has also been a docent at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum since 2002. During her down time, she enjoys reading (often through audiobooks) and working in her yard under the watchful eye of Sir Groucho, her rescue-cat companion.
This Florence-based author has lived here since 1985 and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else. This is the link to Judy’s Blog.