Actor, script writer and author: Judy Nunn's life is one of creativity

AUSSIE TALENT: Best-selling author Judy Nunn is fermenting ideas for her next blockbuster book. Photo: David Hahn

AUSSIE TALENT: Best-selling author Judy Nunn is fermenting ideas for her next blockbuster book. Photo: David Hahn

JUDY Nunn answers the phone with a cheery hello in a voice guaranteed to be instantly recognisable to many of our readers, particularly the Australian TV soap fans of the '70s, '80s and 90s.

She did, of course, play the role of a scheming bisexual reporter in The Box and, after spells in The Prisoner and Sons and Daughters, went on to play the character Ailsa Stewart in Home and Away from 1988 - 2000.

Now at 74 Judy is one of Australia's most widely-read and much-loved authors with a swag of books to her name including her latest Khaki Town which was published in October and for which she recently finished a promo tour.

The book, set in Townsville, is described as an exciting new novel inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for over 70 years....until now.

Judy is having a bit of time off writing while some new ideas ferment in her very fertile mind. "I'm lying fallow at the moment," she says with a laugh. "I bring out a book every two years so it's not like I'm just pumping them out, but I'm dissatisfied if I'm not writing. I love to express myself with the written word."

Retirement is nowhere on the horizon but Judy is very pragmatic about ageing.

"I'm not finding ageing daunting," she says. "There's no point really because you can't turn back the clock, so I have a laugh and get on with things. There's a lot of good things one can say about ageing. There's a lot less pressure. I have a very positive attitude about it."

Judy is keen to promote that creativity is not just for professionals.

"I think anyone, provided they're not illiterate, can write - anyone can write a book. That doesn't mean anyone can get published but that doesn't need to be the reason to write a book. Anyone can write about their life and experiences, anyone can take up drawing whether they're good at it or not."

She places the success of her books down to creating a good yarn with a mixture of fact and fiction.

"I write the kind of books that I like to read. My books are without a doubt fiction but the characters are living through real historical times with real historical people brought into play."

Since finishing her tour Judy has taken the opportunity to catch up on personal reading.

Fans will be able to catch up with Judy at the NSW Seniors Festival Expo in the International Convention Centre.

Judy is the keynote speaker on Thursday, February 13 at 4.55pm and the audience should be prepared for some "kiss and tell".

"I'll be talking about my views on growing older and how I've changed careers, Anythings possible. But I'll be telling some risque stories about what I've been getting up to," she says.