Award-winning writer Judy Pearson’s career began in a tree: a wonderful old maple tree in her parents’ backyard with a perfect branch on which to sit and write. Millions of words later, she has written three books, with another in the works. Her breast-cancer journey provided the material for It’s Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons, a 2012 International Book Award finalist. Pearson is the founder of Courage Concepts, an organization cultivating courage in women and girls. And she still climbs trees.