Judy Mandel

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 Bestseller Replacement Child – a memoir, is that story. Her second book, White Flag, will be published in October, 2022. White Flag is related to her first book, exploring the tentacles of transgenerational trauma stemming from the family tragedy—the plane crash in 1952. Within the context of her family history, Judy delved into the nature of addiction, epigenetics, trauma and brain chemistry to seek answers to the questions every loved one of someone with substance abuse disease asks: What happened, why her, what could I have done to save her? Judy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University.

notepad Skills

  • Books
  • Editing

notepad Writing Credits

Judy L. Mandel is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Replacement Child-a memoir. Other credits: Kveller.com, 34th Parallel, Tishman Review, CT LIFE, ASJA Monthly, CAPM, Southampton Review, American Writers Review and others.

notepad Book Credits

Replacement Child – a memoir

star Awards, Honors, Appointments

New York Times Best Selling Author, IPPY Award Winner, #1 Memoir in Amazon, Writer’s Digest Award, JBC Book-of-the-Month.

Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.


Replacement Child - a memoir

A plane crashes into a family’s home. A two-year-old girl is critically burned, and her sister is killed. The death leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart–but in a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a “replacement child,” born to heal the wounds of loss and provide a “salve for the burns.” Heartbreaking and unflinchingly honest, Replacement Child is a story of love and transformation that reveals a brave path to redemption and forgiveness.


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