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

Living In An Abusive Relationship

June 15, 2022

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

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Living in an abusive relationship
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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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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How We Landed a Newspaper Interview

December 13, 2019

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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