Judy Merrill Larsen was born in Whittier, California in 1960, and grew up in Northbrook, IL, Upper Saddle River, NJ, and Dunwoody, GA. She attended University of Tennessee (Knoxville) for two years before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she graduated in 1982 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. She taught high school English in Madison for three years before staying home with her two sons. In 1991 she moved to Kirkwood, MO, outside of St. Louis where she received a Master’s Degree from Washington University and taught for twelve more years, first at McCluer North High School and then at Kirkwood High School.
Larsen’s debut novel All the Numbers was published in 2006; she is currently at work on her second novel. Previous publishing credits include a variety of letters to the editor in both the local paper, The Webster-Kirkwood Times and The St. Louis Post Dispatch. She enjoys talking to students and book groups about writing and is always eager to recommend her new favorite book. She currently lives in Kirkwood with her husband and their five children.