The Secret Thief
Judith Jaeger

Judy's biography

"Kudos to Judith Jaeger on a first novel that's part mystery, part coming-of-age and all in all a page turner."

- Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of Becoming Finola


Judith Jaeger is the author of The Secret Thief, one young woman's story of becoming independent and in control of her own destiny.

The Secret Thief employs Jaeger's abiding interest in psychology. Jaeger used Munchausen by Proxy, a particularly vile form of child abuse, to dramatize this coming-of-age story. She did considerable research on Munchausen by Proxy and earned high praise from Dr. Marc Feldman, a nationally recognized expert on this and other factitious disorders, for her portrayal of this abuse.

In discussing The Secret Thief with audiences, Jaeger is emerging as an empowerment expert. She has been a guest on radio programs across the country, including the ABC Radio Network and CBS Radio Network, discussing the challenges people in their twenties face of becoming adults and building their lives, a key theme of The Secret Thief. Individuals taking ownership of their lives is a common thread throughout Jaeger's writing. Her current book projects will provide more opportunities to speak on this topic. Her blog, Your Creative Kick in the Butt, also explores issues of empowerment and provides tips and advice to people who want to take control of their lives and pursue their dreams.

Jaeger is also a resource for new and aspiring writers, frequently speaking to groups about the writing and publishing process. She has been the featured speaker for several organizations for professional communicators, runs writing workshops at schools, is the guest speaker for many book groups and teaches creative writing to adults privately and in education programs in her area.

Jaeger is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Goddard College, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing.