All About djones

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Darynda's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Red Riding Hood

Portales, NM

Old enough

GH Year(s)
2009, baby!

Completed Manuscript(s)

Paranormal Romantic Suspense; Young Adult; Historical

Started Writing:
Age 5 :) Wrote first ms in high school. Seriously started working toward publication 7 years ago.

Day Job:
Sign Language Interpreter

For Fun:
Read; Write; Hang with family; Tell self repeatedly, “I need to start exercising.”

Blog Posts from Darynda

5 Tips to Creating Fresh Plot Twists

  The title to this post should be longer. It should really read, 5 Tips to Creating Fresh Plot Twists that No One will see Coming and Will Leave your Readers Breathless and Begging for More. Whew! Before I get started on the tips, I want you to know something. I feel like I’m giving […]


The final day of NaNo is upon us and tons of new books will soon be shared around the world! WOOT! Having sat in on several write-ins this month and getting lots of questions from the casual observer, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the oft-asked question of where writers get their ideas from.   […]


And, yes, there is one! Sure, we can work in our pajamas. Sure, (those of us who write full time) can sleep late, especially after pulling an all-nighter. Sure, we can eat a gallon of Cherry Garcia at our desks. But the COOLEST thing about being a writer? Hearing from our readers! Even if we’ve […]

Flash Fiction

It was a dark and stormy night… Not really. Right now it’s pretty calm, but we do have clouds misting around a bright orange moon. Doesn’t get any cooler than that. With Halloween nigh upon us, I thought I would celebrate by entertaining you with a two-hour interpretive dance. Or, better yet, how about a flash fiction piece?  […]

RUBY RELEASE: Seventh Grave and No Body

WOOT! It’s release day for the next book in the Charley Davidson series: Seventh Grave and No Body. I’m thrilled to be able to share this with our readers, especially in this, my favorite month of the year! Nothing says Halloween is coming like one of Charley’s creepy cases. This time Charley gets to do […]

Read a Romance Month

  (I’m hi-jacking this post….but Darynda can keep her cute pic up there because she’s the blogger on RARM TODAY – go check out her post!) So this is Liz Talley and just in case you didn’t know, August is the month of romance! SO this is OUR month, people. It’s our chance to stuff […]

RUBY RELEASE: Sixth Grave on the Edge

It’s book birthday time! To celebrate the sixth in the Charley Davidson series, we are offering an EXCLUSIVE excerpt just for the readers of the Ruby Blog! Hope you enjoy! ~D~ THE BLURB THING: Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle. —Bumper Sticker Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone […]

The Genius of Buffy … er, Joss

WHAT I LEARNED FROM BUFFY …er, Joss Whedon …and no, it’s not how to slay vampires. It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a HUGE Joss Wheddon fan, and while I love anything he does with a fiery passion, especially Firefly (group sigh…), I first began studying him after watching his […]

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