Trudy Kempton Dana was born in the Territory of Alaska, before it became a state. She enjoyed an exceptional childhood and her family traveled extensively, often returning to her father's home state of Montana and her mother's hometown of Olympia, Washington.
When Trudy went to college at the University of Montana in Missoula, she came to love that state and wanted to know more about her family's history in that area.
Trudy is an expert in the field of child safety and author of two books on the subject. "SAFE AND SOUND: a Parents' Guide to the Care of Children Home Alone" was published by McGraw-Hill Book Company. "STRANGERS WHO MOLEST: Protecting Children from Sexual Assault" was published by the Snohomish County Children's Commission as part of the landmark Washington State Sexual Predator Legislation. Washington was the first state to pass such laws, and now every state has similar statutes. Trudy worked as the Crime Prevention Officer for a suburban Seattle police department where she began a number of award-winning programs. Her third book, POLICE CITIZENS ACADEMY; The Complete Guide for Offering a Topnotch Community Program was published for a law enforcement audience.
In 2014, Trudy began writing the stories her father told her of his childhood in eastern Montana. Those accounts grew to become a series of three books, the first of which will be released by Farcountry Press in the fall of 2018.
Trudy and her husband live in the town of Edmonds, on Puget Sound, north of Seattle. They have two daughters and two granddaughters. Both their daughters and grandaughters are accomplished horsewomen following the Kempton tradition.
You may contact Trudy via email at: Trudydana@hotmail.com.