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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.

Too Much Romance?

I recently stumbled on a review by an Amazon reader citing there was too much romance in the book she’d just read. Really? Can there be too much romance in a romance novel? A recent article in Entertainment Weekly discussed the evolution of the romance genre.  “Not Your Mama’s Covers,” the headline reads.  And apparently not your mother’s romance stories either.  Today’s storylines are like a million hot tamales on your tongue compared with the mild medical romances my mother-in-law read. But isn’t openness about women and their sexuality a good thing? The statistics and comparisons among fiction as cited
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Everyone Loves a Daredevil

I always wondered where my four sons got their love for adventure and risk-taking. As a girl, I never ever took chances – from grades to discipline to dating, I never wanted to take a chance either in disappointing my parents or on risking serious consequences for dangerous behaviors. My sons, on the other hand, tried all sorts of shenanigans. One crawled tardy with one of my best teacher friends – military-style, on thighs and elbows – as if she couldn’t see him sneak in. Another dived over forty feet from a rocky ledge into a lake, unsure how far the rock
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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.    

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