Judith Acosta, Author of The Next Osama

The Real Author’s Bio

There is nothing worse than a publisher asking you to write a bio about yourself.

No matter how old I got, I was the kid who dreaded the first day of school when inevitably one of the teachers would start class by clapping his hands, smiling warmly, and saying, “So, let’s go around the room and get to know one another.” The room was always set up in a circle so I couldn’t even hide in the back. “We’ll start with you. Tell us about yourself.”

While everyone else seemed to relish the attention, even if it was mostly insincere, I was usually busy trying to figure out what to say:  What did they want to know? Which part of me was ‘myself?’

My life has never been simple. It has been rich, complex, dramatic. My nephew says, “Aunt Jude, you’re crazy. But it’s a good crazy.” It’s taken me too long to be grateful for that craziness, for the complexity and what I now call the juiciness of my life, but I have finally come to thank God for all the things that used to make me chew my nails while the teacher worked his way around the room to me.

All my characters—the ones in this book and the ones you’ll meet in books to come—are all me. The honorable ones, the lovable ones, and, yes, the rotten, gnarly, shkeevy ones, too.

Don’t believe what they say on TV or what they expect of you in an interview. A life well-lived is never a sound bite.  But I can tell you this:  I love dogs, my dogs especially, cowboy music, mountains, high desert, and honorable souls.

I love my husband.

I love family and friends and motorcycles. I love good food and dancing at parties. Si no hay baile, no hay fiesta. Punto. And…I love writing the last line of a good book and feeling my eyes well with tears because I know that my characters are no longer mine.

Now, they are yours.

The Professional Author’s Bio

Judith K. Acosta, LISW, CHT is a twice-published author and well-respected clinical psychotherapist, classical homeopath, hypnotherapist, and crisis counselor.

As a writer she’s worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from editorial to consumer advertising.  She’s written commercially for major clients such as American Express, The Music in Corrales Series, CIBA-Geigy, and Cannon. Her scholarly work has appeared in various journals including the Journal of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She has also published in Women’s News, Omni, Inner Realm, Listen Magazine, and the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Opednews.com and American Thinker, among others.

As a therapist in private practice she specializes in the treatment of trauma and anxiety—particularly with military, paramilitary and emergency personnel—and writes frequently about spirituality and anxiety as well as fear management and the role of the media in promulgating what she calls Viral Fear.

She is the co-author of The Worst is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts (Jodere, 2002) and  Verbal First Aid for Children (Penguin, 2010), has appeared on both television and radio and is a regular lecturer on Verbal First Aid  and the power of words to heal, as well as a variety of psychological and spiritual issues including trauma, grief, anxiety/fear and stress. She and her husband, Dave Heidt, a musician and recording engineer, live in NM with their rescue dogs.