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

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.

Coronavirus Fire Drill
Feeling Sick and Can’t get warm
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How We Landed a Newspaper Interview

December 13, 2019
Getting an interview for a local newspaper
Having an interview in a newspaper can be free advertising for authors

I was an author and grandmother living in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I co-authored the book, Drugs Make You Un-Smarter, with my fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Savanna Peterson, telling teens about the dangers of drugs.

To get our anti-drug message out, we needed a newspaper interview.  I sent out a press release, but not everyone picks up on a release.  I searched online for the phone number for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I have found in the past that the quickest way to get an interview was:

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A Balance in Your Life: Are we seriously stuck looking out for #1?

October 31, 2019
A Balance in your life
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others can not keep it from themselves. James Matthew Barrie

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. Scatter sunshine all around the way, love and bless and brighten every passing day!

 We have all heard someone say, “I’m only looking out for number one!” or,”I’m looking out for numero uno!” Which basically means that I come first!

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Is This Really Love?

September 28, 2019
Love in the sand--is this really love?
Is love here to stay, or will it be washed away?

I have been married for forty year. I am a wife, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I have been thinking a lot about what makes a good or bad relationship and I want to share something with you about finding love. Ask yourself, is this really love?

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