Life was routine until I decided to get a law degree. Then a chance meeting led me to run away 

to the Circus (Maximus) – actually to the United Nations office next door - where I worked as an 

attorney in the HR department and entered the world of expat life in Rome. After four years my 

husband and I returned to the U.S. - this time to Washington, D.C. But we missed life in Italy 

with its great food and wine, endless history, and the many friends we made. The gods smiled 

and another opportunity came along. Six more years in Rome, again working for the UN, 

followed. The many happy and sometimes fraught experiences are the subject of my memoir, 

Coins in the Fountain, now an e-book on Amazon but soon to be issued as paperback by 

Booktrope. My novel about expats in Rome, City of Illusions, also published by Booktrope, is 

available on Amazon in both formats. 

 

Always looking for the next place to visit, I’ve visited over 100 countries. But when I’m in 

Rome, I always toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to make sure I will return.

After leaving Italy we returned to settle in a small town on Puget Sound not far from Seattle.  

The changing colors of the sky and water are an inspiration, and my next novel is partially set on 

a nearby island.

 

When I’m not writing or traveling I volunteer with local arts and writing groups including the 

Edmonds Center for the Arts, Write on the Sound, and EPIC Group Writers. And of course I love 

to talk about Italy, my favorite foods and wines, and the sites I visit again and again.

 

 

 

Judith Works

Edmonds Washington

judithworks83@gmail.com

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