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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.

Reminder Alert! Prize for Dec 20 Blog

For those of you who commented on my December 20 blog: Don’t forget to email me your email address at so that I can gift you a free e-copy of WITHOUT MALICE.  

I’ve Lost Track! What Day of Christmas Is It?

This time of year always reminds me of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The famous poem, first published anonymously in 1823, was actually written by Clement Clarke Moore. It’s the seminal verse which formed the modern-day image of Santa Clause from early Victorians to present day. I grew up loving this poem and memorized it as a young child.  For me it embodied all of the mystery, excitement, and magic of the holiday. My earliest Christmas memories were formed in Berlin, Germany, where my military father was stationed from 1950-1954.  This was before the Berlin Wall went up in 1961.
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Jo’s New Release — Without Malice

Happy holidays, everyone! I don’t know about you, but around mid-December I really get into the Christmas spirit.  Everything before that just feels like days of harried busyness, but by now, everyone usually has their holiday decorations up, the virtual and brick-and-mortar stores are buzzing with goodies and visitors, and the winter solstice is just around the corner. This year that astronomical event occurs on December 22. Take a look at this amazing picture of the Winter Solstice in Stonehenge. Did you know that the Winter Solstice is actually called Dongzhi and that it represents both the shortest day and the longest night of
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