Jill Vanderwood

About Jill

Jill Ammon Vanderwood is the 2008 Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers. She is the author of seven books for children and young adults and one adult book. She grew up in Oregon, the third of eleven children. Jill and her husband Bill are parents of four and grandparents of nine, with two great-grandsons. They have recently moved to Southern Idaho.

Jill loves going on adventures with her grandchildren, she loves to travel and tries to write something every day.

Jill's books have won numerous publication awards:

  • What's it Like, Living Green is the winner of:
    1. The Indie Excellence Award
    2. The Teen Development Award
    3. The USA Book News Best Books Award
    4. The Silver Quill Award from the League of Utah Writers
  • Drugs Make You Un-Smarter, co-authored by her granddaughter, Savanna Peterson, is the winner of:
    1. Finalist in The Indie Excellence Awards
    2. The Gold Quill Award from the League of Utah Writers
    3. The National Mom’s Choice Award
  • Shaking Behind the Microphone, Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking is the winner of:
    1. The Gold Quill from the League of Utah Writers
    2. Finalist in the USA Book News, Best Books Awards
  • Santa’s Mysterious Boot was awarded:
    1. Dove Foundation’s Family Friendly Seal of Approval—with a five dove review

The author introduced her latest book, Erase the Problem of Bullying in 2015. This is a teen book which addresses bullying from the perspective of the bully and those who are being bullied.

Coming in 2016 to 2017:

  • The second editions of Through the Rug and Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog
  • Through the Rug 3: Charm Forrest
  • The Year Santa Lost His List - Christmas picture book
  • A new book in the What's It Like series

Jill is an experienced writer, and speaker. She has taught workshops for writers, as well as being a keynote speaker for the League of Utah Writers. She speaks at school assemblies, teaches writing assignments in classrooms at schools, has spoken at a drug rehab, Boys and Girls clubs, church groups, summer camps and scout troops. She is interviewed for radio several times a month on the topic of bullying and overcoming the fear of public speaking.

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