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I am a child of the Pacific Northwest, born in a tiny village up the Columbia Gorge in a snowstorm. I grew up in and around Portland, Oregon, then lived for a number of years in California, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and France before settling into Portland again about 15 years ago.For two decades I was a college professor of French, English as a Second Language, and writing. When I moved west, I reinvented my life, becoming a freelance editor and writer. Eventually I also developed myself into a visual artist (pastels) and an author (memoir, fiction). For some examples, visit my website.Sober Truths was written over a 7-year period. I wanted to understand the patterns of my past and the various threads of my present. I wrote over 50 stories and included a bit fewer than half. Memoir can be tricky business as memories are unreliable. In the end, all we can do is tell about our own remembrances, our own realities. I hope you enjoy reading the book!
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Sober Play
Using Creativity for a More Joyful Recovery
Jill Kelly, Bridget Benton - 2013-01-21
Discover new ways to find joy and meaning in recovery with Sober Play. This book teaches that creativity doesn't require talent, but rather willingness, courage, and perseverance - the same qualities needed in recovery. If you've ever felt lost or anxious after getting sober, this book offers a solution. By engaging in creative play, you can transform your recovery and your life.
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Broken Boys
A Thriller
Jill Kelly - 2016-04-04
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This book tells the story of Maggie Morehouse, a woman with a husband who ignores her and a grown son who doesn't need her. When a stranger offers her a new life, she disappears with him, leaving her family to pick up the pieces. Her husband involves the police, leading two Pennsylvania detectives on a search through the VFW halls and bingo parlors of rural Virginia, where broken boys play dangerous games.
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The Color of Longing
Jill Kelly - 2013-01-19
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An artist is forced to make a difficult choice when his best friend's alcoholic husband threatens his long-time love. In this unconventional romance, the protagonist sets out on a journey to find himself and his true path with the help of strangers and a feline friend. The Color of Longing is a heartfelt story of self-discovery and love.
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When Your Mother Doesn't
A Novel
Jill Kelly - 2015-04-21
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A poignant novel about the impact of absent fathers and unloving mothers on daughters. This book follows the story of two sisters as they navigate their way through adulthood, grappling with love and self-worth. The novel explores the theme of mother-daughter relationships, and the struggles that arise when the bond is broken by abandonment. Full of secrets and family drama, this book is a must-read for anyone looking for an emotional and thought-provoking story.
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Self-Editing for Nonfiction Writers
Jill Kelly PhD - 2014-11-01
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Improve your writing with this guide to self-editing written by an experienced editor with 20 years in the industry. Perfect for writers of essays and nonfiction books, the book offers 10 rules for avoiding errors in punctuation and syntax, creating clearer sentences and paragraphs, and professional formatting. You'll also get tips on knowing when your manuscript is ready and how to save money on professional editing services. Get ready to pitch to agents and editors or self-publish with confidence!
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Fog of Dead Souls
A Thriller
Jill Kelly - 2014-03-04
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This gripping novel follows Ellie McKay, a college professor on the run from a dangerous sociopath. After seeking refuge in Paris and failing to find safety back in Pittsburgh, Ellie ends up in New Mexico, where she meets cowboy Al Robinson. Ellie accepts his marriage proposal, but soon realizes that Al has his own dark past. With themes of trauma, escape, and unexpected relationships, this book is a thrilling read for fans of romance, mystery, and suspense.
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Self-Editing for Memoir Writers
Jill Kelly PhD - 2014-11-01
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This essential guide to self-editing, written by a professional editor with 20 years of experience, is a must-have for any memoir writer. With 10 rules for avoiding errors in punctuation and syntax, as well as tips for creating clearer sentences and better description and dialog, this guide offers multiple ways to improve your writing and produce cleaner manuscripts. You'll also learn how to organize the content of your memoir, know when your book is really done, and save money if you decide to hire a professional editor. Whether you're pitching to agents and editors or self-publishing, this guide is an invaluable resource.
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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
Jill Kelly PhD - 2014-11-03
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Improve your writing and impress editors with this guide to self-editing from a professional editor with 20 years of experience. Learn 10 rules for avoiding mistakes in punctuation and syntax, creating clearer sentences, better descriptions and dialogue, and knowing when your manuscript is truly complete. Save money by editing your work before pitching or self-publishing, or learn how to work with a professional editor to bring your writing to the next level.
A useful guide to academic writing and APA formatting for graduate students and dissertation writers in social sciences, education, and business. Includes helpful tips to distinguish academic writing from business writing and a checklist of common APA errors. Written by a former college professor and freelance editor.