Greetings! Thank you for visiting my site. I am a poet and children’s book author living in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. I am the author of nearly two dozen picture books, early readers and chapter books.
I have also worked as a high school and middle school English teacher, an adjunct professor of journalism at Ohio State, a marketing director, editor of a company magazine, a member of creative teams at an ad agency and a hospital, a contributing editor to a computer magazine, and – finally! – as a freelance writer of hundreds of elementary textbooks, magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and patient education materials.
Besides being a “Jill” of many trades – or more precisely – one trade (writing) with many incarnations, I am also the wife of Mark, the mother of two grown daughters, Jess and Paige, and “Mimi” to Sara and Tyler, Paige’s children, and to Joanna, Jess’s daughter. I also sponsor half a dozen children at a time through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children of all faiths in more than 100 developing countries. I keep their photos posted to remind me of my blessings and my responsibilities.
In my free time, I volunteer as a tour guide for children at a local nature preserve and farm. I also enjoy gardening (my enthusiasm dwindles as summer progresses) and reading (mostly for my own pleasure and edification). I belong to a neighborhood book discussion group; travel (to learn about other countries and cultures); and practice yoga (which, like writing, is humbling, challenging and self-instructive.)
This is seven-year-old Raj Kumar from India, one of the children I sponsor through World Vision.
I am also a long-time supporter of Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding hungry children in 70 countries. FMSC volunteers hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children and send them to partners around the world to nourish children in orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs.