My name is Judith Staponkus. My books are set in Wisconsin and feature a strong but flawed female protagonist who struggles with family problems, while tackling a serious environmental threat. Also, there is a great dog in both books!

Long Time Coming, was released in 2019.  Build Your Wings on the Way Down was released on May 1, 2021. 

Author Judith Staponkus

My Books


Build Your Wings on the Way Down

After account manager Maureen Henderson is passed over for a promotion and finds her husband cheating,  she ends up in her home state of Wisconsin. Maureen becomes entangled in a struggle to protect farmland from frack sand mining, while her sanity is threatened by unexplainable happenings linked to her childhood. Confronting her dying mother for answers, will Maureen learn the truth about their farm and the crushing secret of her brutal past before it’s too late?

ORDER online at:  store.bookbaby.com. The book and eBook are now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Books-a-Million, Powell’s Books, and BookBaby. 

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When Elizabeth Dembrowski’s husband, Eddie, loses his job at the local paper mill, it sets in motion the unraveling of her family and the collapse of the mill that has ravaged their town. Follow Elizabeth’s journey from victim to victorious survivor in her crusade to find justice for her daughter, her community, and herself.

Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Books-a-Million, Powell’s Books and BookBaby.


Take a Sip, Ponder the Question. . .

Try these discussion questions for BUILD YOUR WINGS ON THE WAY DOWN at your next book club get-together.


Our dog Charlie crossed the Rainbow Bridge two weeks ago. When he closed his eyes for that last time, I didn’t think I could bear the loss of my tough little best friend who followed me everywhere and needed me so much. I wished I could go back in time and relive...

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