About Jill

I went to college to become what you fear most-a high school English teacher. I almost became a lawyer, but then I decided I liked arguing with teenagers better than adults, so, teaching seemed logical. And, I loved it.

But all good things must come to an end. Who says, anyway? I don't really believe that. Still, one good thing turned into another as I quit teaching to argue with my own kids, three girls who turned out to be worthy opponents and pretty great kids.

I've written through it all, mostly magazine articles about things like taking your dog to college, visiting the Paris sewers, and well, could I really add a third that was weirder than that?? Also, a couple books for adults.

I turned to writing for young adults, way more fun than old adults, after spending several years coaching the junior high Battle of the Books team. Explanation? Well, you read 20 really good books and go around to tournaments answering trivia about those books, like, "In The Hobbit, what color is Bilbo's door?" Believe me, after reading it about 12 times, I know. (It's green. And round.) But I got to read lots of great YA lit, and I loved it.

Running our community theater is one of my favorite hobbies. I love singing and dressing crazy, and I can do both at the same time this way. I also love teaching kids to act and watching them get confident. Other hobbies: gardening, scrapbooking, learning trivia to impress people, crafts, embarrassing my children.

Between three cats (Merry, Pippin, and Thespian), three kids (whose names I will not give to protect the guilty), and one husband, things get pretty busy at our house. Not as busy as when we had 23 pets. (Um, let's see-two cats, one dog, three rabbits, four fish, two guinea pigs, seven mice, two hamsters, two frogs-I think that's it. What were we thinking??) Our house, by the way, is west of Chicago. Which is nowhere near the ocean. Which I am sad about.

Most of all, I love talking to teenagers, finding out their thoughts, dreams, and great ideas. I love coming along for their adventure in discovering their gifts, talents, and passions. If I can come along on your adventure, I'd love that. Hit that "Connect on Facebook" button to start telling me about it!

Strange trivia about Jill:

  • I can tell you all 196 countries of the world.
  • I cannot roll my tongue.
  • My favorite color Crayola when I was a kid was cornflower blue.
  • I can sew, scrapbook, and make most any kind of craft. But I have dismally failed anything having to do with yarn. Do not ask me to knit or crochet. Or draw. I know that has nothing to do with yarn. But I still can't do it.
  • I have played Mother Superior (Sound of Music), Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast), and Addaperle (The Wiz) on stage. And other things. You should see pictures. No, you shouldn't.
  • I just donated my extensive insect collection to a natural history museum. Yes, I had one. I think bugs are cool.
  • I think spiders are not cool. Sooooo not cool. I cannot begin to explain the depths of their uncoolness.