Judy L. Mandel is a former reporter and marketing executive. After the death of her parents, she knew that it was time to write the story of her family, their emotional and physical survival of a devastating plane crash that killed her older sister and left the remaining sister critically burned. Her first book, New York Times Best Seller Replacement Child – a memoir, is that story.

Judy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University. Her essays, articles and short stories have appeared in Kveller.com, 34th Parallel, The Tishman Review, Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Magazine, The Southampton Review, American Writers Review and other publications. She is co-founder of the Replacement Child Forum.