Throughout most of the 1990s, Judd was a full-time novelist, primarily under contract with Bantam Books. During the 1980s,
he worked first as a reporter with the Cookeville Herald Citizen, a staff writer with The Greeneville Sun, then as managing
editor of the Sun for six years.
He is a two-time recipient of the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting
given each year by the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors organization. In 1989 he received that award jointly with
Greeneville Sun Editor John M. Jones Jr., and in 1990 received the award individually.
Judd, who has been a resident
of Greene County since 1982, is a native of Cookeville, Tenn., where he was graduated from Tennessee Technological University
in 1979. He holds a B.S. degree in English/journalism and was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus of TTU in 1990. Simultaneously
with his Outstanding Young Alumnus honor, Judd was honored by a resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature in recognition
of his rising career as an author.
Judd has appeared as a commentator on a nationally broadcast presentation of the
History Channel's "Movies in Time" series. During that broadcast, he compared the historical and legendary aspects of famous
frontiersman Daniel Boone.
Since 1980, Judd has written more than 30 novels published across the United States and
Canada, with more than two million copies of his novels going into print.
Judd is also the author of one published
work of nonfiction, "The Bridge Burners."
Several of Judd's novels featured East Tennessee settings, including "The
Overmountain Men," "Boone," "Passage to Natchez," "The Shadow Warriors," and others.
The latter novel, set in the Civil
War, made several references to Tusculum College and featured a Tusculum College student as a character.
Two of Judd's
novels, "Crockett of Tennessee" and "The Canebrake Men," were among four novels selected by panels of professional authors
as national finalists in the Western Writers of America Spur Awards competition in their respective publication years.