Judy Light Ayyildiz

Educator, Author, Speaker, Workshop Leader

Selected Works

Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction
Anthology includes excerpts from three of my published books: MUD RIVER, INTERVALS, APPALACHIA TO ISTANBUL, and FORTY THORNS
Front Cover Art work copyright permission for use by K. Kamal Ayyildiz “Foreword” to works by Dr. Erin Webster Garrett, Professor at Radford University
“Unforced and authentic, which is pretty rare today.”
–-William Packard, NYQ Review
a NOVEL based on an oral biography of a Turkish woman of the past century placed in a historical frame
This novel is a history of Turkey from 1900 to the present, from the sultanate to the republic, of wars, revolutions and the changes within a nation, of a family and of a woman, a saga, a love story between a man and woman and a woman with her country.
Spiritual strength from moving, insightful, yet humorous stories of the people and experiences in Judy's life.
Fiction and Nonfiction, Children Ages 6-12
An American grandson of a Turkish immigrant learns about his Turkish and Ottoman heritage.

Never Forever

Description of new work

Adalet’s cursed marriage ended 30 years ago, and today American son Nuri and wife Lee fly to Istanbul to bury her. Writer Lee must keep a promise. “I’m not important but my survivor’s story is,” Adalet pled; and now, as Lee examines a life cast against revolution from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic, Adalet’s spirit reaches into past and present, revealing a progressive woman caught in a war-torn love saga that moves all across Thrace and Anatolia. Throughout the 34 years of her fateful tie to handsome Burhan the blacksmith’s son, Adalet gives up her legacy four times and confronts deception, desertion, vice, jealousy, rejection and grief as she courageously works her way towards becoming the strong friend with inner peace as Lee remembers her.


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