Judy Corbett was born in North Wales and trained as an antiquarian bookbinder at the London College of Printing. She and her husband, Peter Welford, bought Gwydir Castle in 1994. She has since written two books. The first, Castles In The Air subtitled: The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and a Crumbling Old Mansion was published by Ebury Press in 2004. The second, Envy, (Ebury Press, 2007) is a novel which examines the corrosive effects of envy between two adolescent girls. She is currently working on a third book.