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

2014: Change or More of the Same?

Finding a balance for me has been the greatest challenge over the last 4 years since I first sold, and I’m still working on it. Still searching for that magic recipe that makes all the cogs fit into place.  I have dubbed 2014 as the Get My Crap Together Year. 2013 was tough on so […]


LAST CALL! Welcome to our last day of lessons! Today we will address the last three topics, but I added a little something extra. I am going to tell you how you, too, can final in multiple contests! So we are going to look at: Should you continue to enter contests even after you’ve published? […]


LESSON FOUR: Score Sheets and Feedback IN THE HOME STRETCH! Welcome back for our fourth venture into the world of contests and cornucopias. (Mostly contests.) Today we will focus on two topics: What will you be scored on; how are categories weighted? Which feedback should you be attentive to and which should you ignore? SCORES […]


LESSON THREE: Should you write specifically for contests? Welcome to day three! Today we will focus on two of our main topics: Should you write specifically for contests? Why or why not? What should you focus on in your partial/entry? Onward and upward! Should you write specifically for contests? Okay, admittedly ‘should’ is a strong […]


PART TWO: Pros, Cons, Contracts and Targets… Hello and welcome back! The first day of our course was a huge success, and I hope we can answer more of your questions today. Lesson Two will focus on three of our main topics: What are the pros and cons of entering contests? Can a contest final/win […]


HOW CONTESTS CAN MAKE YOUR CAREER Have you ever wondered if contests are worth the effort, and sometimes agony, of entering? Can they really help sharpen your prose? Can they really grab the attention of agents and editors? Can they really lead to a publishing contract? Together with the help of the Rubies, this 5- […]

RUBY RELEASE: Death and the Girl He Loves

How would you feel if you were a 16-year-old, small-town girl and the fate of the world rested on your shoulders? That is what I asked myself several years ago when I first imagined the world of my heroine Lorelei McAlister. Wait, I take that back. First, I asked myself, what would happen if the […]

Ruby Release: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

Never underestimate the power of a woman on a double espresso with a mocha latte chaser high. —T-shirt   Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper.  She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire.  However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further […]

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