Judith Frenda was born in Westmead just west of Parramatta, New South Wales.
Her early exposure to classical music and reading led to an interest in all the arts. In later life, she joined a creative writing course and specialised in stories and articles featuring humorous and historical content. Taking on family history revealed much of her mother’s English background.
Freddy’s Letters, comprising both fact and fiction, is her first novel, resulting from a batch of letters handed to her from a cousin. The letters were written from London to her mother and aunts, then girls in Australia, who’d migrated under the British Child Emigration Scheme. The letters provided many answers to questions about life in London for her English grandparents and their four children during the Edwardian and Georgian periods. Life in Australia for the girls continued as the second part of the story.
Judith firmly believes that nurturing family relationships is the basis for a healthy and strong nation.