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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 - Jan 31, 2013
Sober Play is for anyone looking to find more joy and meaning in recovery. You don't need talent or special skills to be creative. You just need the same things you need for recovery: willingness, courage, and perseverance. When we first get sober, we often don't know what to do with ourselves. We have a lot of time on our hands and anxiety in our ...
Broken Boys
A Thriller
Jill Kelly - Apr 27, 2016
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Maggie Morehouse has a husband who ignores her and a grown son who doesn't need her. When a mysterious stranger at a small-town parade offers her a life outside the box, she disappears with him, leaving her family to pick up the pieces. Caught between anger and fear, her husband involves the police. The search for Maggie and her companion leads two...
The Color of Longing
Jill Kelly - Jan 18, 2013
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What's a guy to do when the woman he's loved for 15 years asks for help leaving her alcoholic husband? And what if that husband is his best friend? In this unconventional romance, artist Jake Logan makes a painful and inevitable choice that sets him adrift. Crisscrossing the country with his cat Sadie, he seeks answers to his quest from several hel...
Self-Editing for Nonfiction Writers
Jill Kelly PhD - Nov 01, 2014
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Written by a professional editor with 20 years experience, this guide to self-editing offers writers of essays and nonfiction books multiple ways to improve their writing and produce cleaner manuscripts to pitch to agents and editors or to self-publish. Includes 10 rules for avoiding errors in punctuation and syntax, creating clearer sentences and ...
When Your Mother Doesn't
A Novel
Jill Kelly - Apr 21, 2015
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A revealing and intimate story of what a mother will—and will not—do for her daughtersWhat kind of women do daughters become when their fathers are missing and their mothers can’t love them? How do they find love and ways to love themselves?Nearly three decades of secrets lie between Lola Ashby and the two girls she reluctantly raised. Now, prompte...
Fog of Dead Souls
A Thriller
Jill Kelly - Mar 04, 2014
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When college professor Ellie McKay walks into the Maverick Bar in Farmington, New Mexico, late one evening, she plans to get drunk, not engaged. But within thirty minutes, she’s met cowboy Al Robison, he’s proposed to her, and she’s accepted. Al only knows that Ellie is attractive, vulnerable, and single; he doesn’t know that she has been on the ru...
Self-Editing for Memoir Writers
Jill Kelly PhD - Nov 01, 2014
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Written by a professional editor with 20 years experience, this guide to self-editing offers writers of memoir multiple ways to improve their writing and produce cleaner manuscripts to pitch to agents and editors or to self-publish. Includes 10 rules for avoiding errors in punctuation and syntax and creating clearer sentences and better description...
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
Jill Kelly PhD - Nov 01, 2014
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Written by a professional editor with 20 years experience, this guide to self-editing offers writers of novels and short stories multiple ways to improve their writing and produce cleaner manuscripts to pitch to agents and editors or to self-publish. Includes 10 rules for avoiding errors in punctuation and syntax and creating clearer sentences and ...
This helpful guide is designed to assist new graduate students as well as more experienced dissertation candidates to improve their academic writing. Designed especially for students in social sciences, education, and business, it distinguishes academic writing from business and professional writing and offers helpful hints to smooth the graduate's...