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Judith (Judi) Ryan Hendricks was born in San Jose, California, when the Santa Clara Valley was better known for its orchards than for computer chips. She grew up in the Midwest and Los Angeles, where she graduated from James Monroe High School in Sepulveda. She earned a degree in journalism at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Blessed with a short attention span, Hendricks worked as a journalist, copywriter, computer instructor, travel agent, and waitress before landing at the McGraw Street Bakery in Seattle, where she fell in love with the rhythms of baking.

From this experience came her first novel, BREAD ALONE, published in the U.S. in 2001. ISABELíS DAUGHTER, her second book, grew out of her love for and fascination with the Southwest. It was published in June, 2003. Her third novel, THE BAKERíS APPRENTICE, a sequel to BREAD ALONE, was published in hardback in April 2005 and paperback in April 2006. Hendricksí fiction has been translated into 11 languages and distributed in more than 15 countries worldwide.

Her nonfiction has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle and Tiny Lights, A Journal of Personal Essay, Grand Gourmet in Italy and The London Sunday Express. Her short fiction has appeared in Womanís Weekly and AMERICAN GIRLS ON THE TOWN, an anthology, in the U.S. and U.K.

She and her husband Geoff now live in New Mexico.


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