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Born in Oklahoma and raised as a child of the "oil patch," award-winning author Jill Jones claims there is a little gypsy in her soul. "I couldn't live if I couldn't travel," she says. And travel she does--extensively--both to do research for her novels as well as to promote their sales.
Writing and promotion go hand in hand for Jill, who is trained and experienced in both. After graduation from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism and a Phi Beta Kappa key, she began her career writing the "ultimate fiction," advertising copy. In 1987, after fifteen years in advertising and public relations, she began to write romance fiction. Her first novel, Emily's Secret, (St. Martin's Press, Sept. 1995) won the prestigious Maggie Award in 1996 for Best Contemporary Romance from the Atlanta-based Georgia Romance Writers. Her first four books published were chosen as finalists in the Romantic Times "Critics Choice" awards, with Essence Of My Desire being named "Best Romantic Contemporary Fantasy." She was honored in 2000 by Romantic Times Magazine when she received its "Career Achievement Award" for Contemporary Fantasy.
When she isn't traveling, Jill writes daily in her studio that overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, often kept company by her two cats, Charlotte and Branwell. Jerry is a gourmet cook and has published his own cookbook, "Cooking with Dr. Dog." They have three grown children and three grandchildren. This spring, Jill and Jerry plan to create a full English cottage garden in their front yard. Maybe Jill is ready to actually "put down roots."
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