Fact Sheet


The Novel

Published by Kregel Publications, Desert Medicine tells of a newly divorced young mother of twins who runs a plant nursery in Orange County. She discovers the true meaning of family and grows spiritually while helping an eccentric older woman from her church. This colorful woman relates her own feisty search for family, beginning as an abused girl in 1930s Panhandle, Texas, who is sent to live in border town Calexico, California, with a maiden aunt who runs a home hospital.

Desert Medicine, release date December 2007, Kregel Publications, 400 pp., paperback, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2008-5

The Author

Judy Alexander is a freelance writer, professional photographer, and adjunct writing professor at Concordia University in Irvine. She holds an MBA degree from UCI. Judy is the author of Desert Medicine, a novel published by Kregel Publications. Her fiction has also been published in Pacific Review, Pleiades Magazine, and Concho River Review. The mother of two sons, Judy lives in Santa Ana, California, with her husband Gene Alexander.


Desert Medicine is a lovely and touching novel, rich with authentic characters whose stories will warm your heart.  Laurelle's uneasy spiritual journey is both real and tender, one I enjoyed sharing. A wonderful debut.”
—Earlene Fowler
National bestselling author of The Saddlemaker's Wife and Tumbling Blocks

“Judy Alexander has written a beautifully woven story of an unexpected friendship that provides enough grace and enough hope to heal a wounded heart. A lovely novel.”
—Lynne Hinton
The Arms of God

"In our skeptical, sophisticated times, it is refreshing to meet a writer who cares deeply about God and other people and who isn't afraid to show it. In this big-hearted first novel, Judy Alexander draws her characters with such loving precision that I found myself thinking of them as friends. Desert Medicine is a great read."
—Paula Huston
By Way of Grace