Judi Williams Moraw came of age along the bayous of small-town south Louisiana on family land surrounded by relatives. Cousins were playmates. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles were babysitters. Judi’s childhood in Lee’s Creek, just outside Bogalusa, LA, instilled in her a deep love of family and family history.
After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1969, she prepared to teach English and Spanish at the high school level – a twist of fate led her to an entry-level Records Technician position at the Bossier City, LA Police Department which led to a life-long career in law enforcement.
Through her employment at BCPD, she was exposed to the fascinating and often disturbing world of criminal investigation and found she had a keen interest in the solving of crime and the processes of law enforcement. It was during her tenure at BCPD that she researched and compiled Bossier City Police Department: Forty-Nine Years of Law Enforcement Excellence, a comprehensive history of the men who served Bossier City as Chief of Police and her first attempt at putting together a work of any magnitude.
She couples 33 years of law enforcement experience with her strong sense of family history in the series of books which follows main characters Allie Babineaux and Special Investigator Jaxon Girard through criminal investigations that delve into locations and folklore from Judi’s own personal history. The first in the series, All Bets Are Off, was completed in 2012, followed by Hell’s Gate, The Pelican on Egret Cove, and Inside the Glass Garden. In addition, she has written numerous short stories preserving or based-on the experiences of family members, as well as several children’s stories written about and for her children and grandchildren.
A widow, Judi has 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 1 step-daughter, 1 step-granddaughter, and 1 step-grandson. Her television is permanently tuned to crime and true crime series. Her house, which she has lived in for the last 30+ years, always smells like warm brown sugar. Judi’s constant companion is a 5-pound black chihuahua, Brody, who compensates for his tiny size with his ferocious (and frequent) bark. In her spare time, Judi can be found at Mother’s Club activities, playing Pokeno with friends, and wandering cemeteries preserving family history for the generations to come.