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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.

Monkey Business

I admit I’m a sucker for NPR — National Public Radio.  Whenever I’m in my car, the dial goes immediately, not to music, but to 90.9, our local FM Station.  I’m interested in the news, of course, but equally fascinated by the different kinds of social, economic, and cultural segments they offer.   Recently the topic was monkeys – more specifically, chimpanzees.  You may not know that chimpanzees are mammals that have the closest DNA relationship to Homo sapiens (98% to 99.4% from recent genetic studies), or as scientists say,  they are the “closest extant relative[s] to humans.”   So
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Winner of “Rom Coms” Post

Congratulations to                                Debbie Oxier   for winning an audible download of “The Watcher,” along with a free e-book of the same. Please send your email address information to email hidden; JavaScript is required to receive your gifts.   YAHOO TO DEBBIE!!!


I’m always looking for a good romantic comedy when theaters come out with their new releases.  To tell you the truth, it’s been a dry spell since the heyday youth of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan .  I keep trying, but I don’t think I’ve really  enjoyed one rom com since the 90’s. I might be a throwback to the black and white comedies like It Happened One Night, but I don’t mean that kind of screwball comedy or the raucous gut-busting comedy of Bridesmaids, which of course are great.  I mean the funny, but sweet, romance-with-an-obstacle kind of comedy found
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