Jill Vanderwood's Blog

Hi, I'm Jill!

I'm the award-winning author of nine current children's and YA books, plus one adult book, so far.

My blog features some fun trivia about my books and information about my writing journey. It includes my Ask Grandma advice column and shares information about writing and self-publishing. This is also where you will receive a sneak peek of my future book projects. Read more about me

Look Who’s Celebrating an Amazing Milestone Birthday, Turning 70!

February 1, 2023
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Thoughts on Getting Older

Around the time I was having a milestone birthday, and turning seventy, my younger friend was celebrating one of her own. She turned fifty. The interesting thing about Sara is that her dad also had a milestone birthday. Sara’s father was nearly fifty years old when she was born. On his ultimate, milestone birthday, her dad just turned one hundred!

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Utah Author Day

December 2, 2022
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Utah Governor Cox has declared Saturday, December 3rd to be the official Utah Author Day!

Local author Jill Ammon Vanderwood will participate in Utah Author Day along with over 100 Utah Authors. There will be local appearances around the state, at 18 different sites. Many will be signing books at local libraries from Cedar City to Davis Co., and everywhere in between. Utah Authors Day

Other local authors will participate at independently owned bookstores.

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Living In An Abusive Relationship

June 15, 2022
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No Susan, You Don’t Have To Live Like This!

first Published May 30, 2019

We all share a story of falling in love! Unconditional love. Some of us find a guy who has problems. We think we can change him. Fix him, right?

Even when you find yourself in an abusive relationship, you hold onto the idea that things will get better.

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1 Teenage Girl’s Alarming Hair Loss

March 29, 2022
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I am writing about the topic of teenage hair loss in females, because this is what I experienced as a teenager at the age of thirteen.

I experienced teenage hair loss. My name is Jill Vanderwood I am an author at jillvanderwood.com. I am also a licensed cosmetologist. The technical term for hair loss is alopecia and from what I’ve read, the hair loss I experienced was not regular alopecia areata, which is baldness in spots.

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The Many Creative Twists and Turns of Creating My Book #2

November 20, 2021
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On the Rocks: The Path You Choose #2

My teen book, On the Rocks, asks the question, “What would you do if you were invited to a party where kids your age were drinking?” On the Rocks is the second book in the Path You Choose series. The first book in this series is Off Target—about gun safety and answers the question, “What would you do if someone showed you a loaded gun?”

Off Target: The Path You Choose – #1
On The Rocks: The Path You Choose – #2

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Our First Coronavirus Fire Drill

May 27, 2020
Corona Virus Scare

Dear Family,

This is Mom. Today, Friday, April 10th, 2020 Dad and I had a real scare. Your dad started having chills. He was wearing a long sleeve shirt and a sweatshirt. He drank tea to warm up, but it didn’t help. He was having a chill and couldn’t get warm. We thought he might be showing symptoms of the Coronavirus.

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