Kathryn Judson has lived in Oregon most of her life, with brief detours to Idaho, Wisconsin, Texas, and South Dakota. After college, she was a newspaper reporter and columnist. After marrying, she quit the news business and joined her husband in running an office supply company that morphed into a bookstore. (The bookstore was originally called The Uffda-shop, but was renamed The BookStation when it was moved inside a gas station.) In 2000, her husband offered to take over most of the duties at the bookstore, so she could write full time. She was obliged to close the store after her husband died, but continues to write. Almost Hopeless Horse was inspired in part by her horse Yob, who was afraid of cattle. Trouble Pug combines a love of history, time travel stories, and her husband's fondness for a pug that traveled the country with him in his younger days. Why We Raise Belgian Horses got its start in stories from her husband's Norwegian-American family, including a story his grandfather told of a horse that was afraid of the dark. The MI5 1/2 series started off as a spoof of spy novels, but ended up being more serious than that in places (although still fairly silly overall). Mrs. Judson is a former feminist, and enjoys poking fun at her younger self in her books.