"Offbeat author. Magical realist. Musical by nature. Book addict. Perpetual Tourist. Fan of all things coastal."
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.
Interview conducted by Seán Dwyer during the virtual Chanticleer Authors Conference 2020