Trudy and her husband Billy Hale, an Emmy Award winning film and television
director, traveled and lived on location, shooting in France, England,
Spain, and Thailand. While browsing the internet, the couple discovered an antebellum farmhouse
on the James River. They moved to Virginia and renovated the historic home. Trudy opened The Porches in July, 2006. Trudy received her MFA
from Antioch University and teaches writing at Longwood University. She is Co-Editor of Streetlight Magazine, an online journal of literature and art.