Author and Globe Trotter Judith Works Shares Some Entertaining Tales

Judith Works has visited over 100 countries, has shared her life as an expatriate living in Rome in her book, Coins In The Fountain and now shares more of her adventures with followers.
By: Lynnette Phillips
Dec. 17, 2011 - PRLog -- Lawyer, author and world traveler, Judith Works, doesn’t hesitate for a second when she’s asked what her favorite country is. Italy of course! Judith has commemorated the 10 years she and her husband lived as expatriates in Rome in her recently released memoir titled Coins In The Fountain.

Judith decided to write the book after realizing she had never come across an expatriate adventure written by someone that had dropped into a new life in another country with a  brand spanking new law degree and a new job with the United Nations at mid life.

Life has never been quite the same since, much to her delight. Says Judith, “I’m enjoying myself, planning travel, packing, looking around for new sights and food experiences, unpacking and writing”, as she plans to add three more countries to the one hundred plus she has already visited.

Ms. Works writes a blog as well as penning articles and granting interviews about her travels. She related some entertaining tales to Book World blogger, Lynnette Phillips, recently.

“We hired a guide in Shanghai – a young woman who was a stock broker during the week but worked on the weekends as a guide to practice her English. She wore a beautifully carved dragon pendant. After I admired it she took it off her neck and handed [it] to me for a closer look. She said that it was her good luck charm and that she would never let her clients touch it. Then she added, “Look, no asshole so my luck won’t run out.”

Goat stew on the Sudanese border in northern Kenya was interesting for the setting and the company – aid workers but the experience at the Emerson Hotel in Zanzibar has never been equaled. We climbed to the rooftop to lounge on pillows under a silk canopy as the sun set. Mozart was on the CD player. The scent of cinnamon from nearby warehouses filled the air. As we sipped cocktails and started on samosas the bells from a nearby Hindu temple started clanging, then the more mellow bells from the cathedral built over the former slave market rang in an invitation to evensong. Finally a muezzin’s ancient call from the minaret of a nearby mosque floated over the tropical air. The fresh caught grilled fish served with coconut curry over rice completed the idyllic scene.”

Judith Works has also started work on her first book of fiction. "I’m working on the plot now – a story of a young couple who move to Rome on a whim and find that expatriate life can have unintended results. I’ll work in some art theft and a few infidelities too. (And no – it’s not autobiographical.)"

Visit Judith’s blog, A Little Light Exercise, or her website to read more about her escapades. You can purchase the Kindle edition of her book, Coins In The Fountain, at

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Lynnette Phillips has written reviews for numerous novels and short stories and has established relationships with many authors and publishers. She is also author of a series of book marketing guides and a book marketing coach as well as an author service provider.
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