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All About Jo Robertson

Like many writers, I penned my first story at a young age. However, a family and a teaching career put my writing dreams on hold until my Advanced Placement seniors conned me into writing my first complete manuscript. That story, which subsequently won RWA's Golden Heart Award in 2006, was THE WATCHER.

From the moment I put my fingers to the keyboard, the
barrier between my brain and the paper lifted, the story flew from my mind, and I fell in love with everything about the process of writing.

Raised as an Army brat, I lived in Germany as a child, Northern Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Idaho, and Utah before finally settling in Northern California. Whenever I visit my sister in Virginia or my brothers in North Carolina and Florida, upon returning home I remember again why I love Northern California, home of the ancient redwoods, the fecund forests and the rugged Pacific coastline.

Another Winner!

The winner of the post “On Being Fifteen” goes to             MOZETTE!!! Congratulations, Mozette.  Email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required with your preference of an audible download of either “The Watcher” or “The Avenger” and I’ll send you to code to retrieve it.    

On Being Fifteen

As Mr. Rogers would say, here are the people in my neighborhood: As many of you know, I reared seven children, five of whom in one year were teenagers, aged 19, 18, 17, 15, and 14; one a pre-teen, 12 1/2 ,and one in elementary school, 9.  Yes!  Crazy, and that was hectic enough, but now all those teenagers are producing teens of their own. This is the year of the fifteen-year-old in Robertson-land.  Mason is 19 and a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, Preston at 17 is a sophomore in high school and Sydney, 13, is in middle school.
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Etymology Two

In another life I was an etymologist. I’m sure of it.  That’s not the bug person.  An etymologist is a person who studies the origins of words, a kind of linguist. Our own Kate Carlisle wrote a post in 2012 called “Stoopid Words” and she’s right: English words are not only confusing and complicated, sometimes they’re just plain dumb, especially in regard to spelling. Nonetheless, I’m terribly fascinated with how words come into the general lexicon.  Every Monday of my teaching career, I gave my students a list of twenty new vocabulary words.  If I didn’t know a story about
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