Once upon a time, heroes had to be perfect — beautiful men riding in on beautiful white horses to save the day. Women readers all but demanded it. And then in 1847 along came Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Suddenly, readers learned the beauty of a flawed man, a man who needed a good woman to… Read More
Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub.
A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.
Only to Have a Book Convince You to Try Again? I was born a romantic girl and a precocious reader. The end result being that by age five, I had already had one drama-fueled relationship that ended in a slap on the kindergarten playground. Yeah, a slap. Somehow even at five I knew that was… Read More
Even as a little girl, I was pretty sure the world was comprised of basically four kinds of women, or heroines. There was the strong-willed tomboy, the spoiled beauty, the soft-spoken matron, and the ephemeral martyr/saint. And then, I read Little Women. It took just the first four paragraphs of Little Women, for what became… Read More
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By Ariella Moon Spring has arrived in Southern California. Blooming orange and grapefruit trees, still heavy with fruit, perfume the air. “Snowbirds” from the Midwest and Canada crowd local swimming pools and grocery store parking lots. And a tiny mother hummingbird has returned to nest in my patio. Mama Ava hummingbird (I’m a writer, and… Read More