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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.


Such Sweet Sorrow

You’ll recognize the line from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” that bitter-sweet romance so appealing to teenagers and adults alike — “parting is such sweet sorrow.” Saying goodbye to people you love, like or have grown close to is much like that – sweet and sorrowful at the same time. The Banditas have been saying goodbye, so long, farewell all month long to our devoted and faithful readers, even though we know the Banditas aren’t going too far away from social media.  We’ll be here on the blog telling you about our news and contests, releases and special offers, as well
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Just in Case

When I was a girl, my military family was stationed in Germany, and all of us kids had to get what I considered a massive series of shots, including those for typhoid and smallpox. Both these diseases had not yet been significantly reduced and travel from the States to another country required immunization. Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection, almost entirely controlled by sanitary practices and penicillin.  You might see why I, as a six-year-old, balked against having the shot.  I washed my hands properly after going potty! Turns out, in my case, I had an atypical allergic reaction to
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Why I Love “Madame Secretary”

Thank you, CBS! Okay, it’s not about the absolutely adorable actor Tim Daly, who plays Madame Secretary’s husband Henry McCord on the ABC drama that debuted this year.  Nor the equally delightful Téa Leone, whose acting and low husky voice I’ve always enjoyed (uh, imagine Dr. Big hanging over my shoulder as I write, saying “Yeah, man!”).  Nor is it the we’re-going-to-finish-this-story-in-forty-four-minutes attitude the drama takes, although I’m eternally grateful for shows whose story-lines are actually concluded in the one-hour time limit. For me, it’s about the universal drama, angst, love, and politicking of family.  Yes, family.  CBS has taken
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