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


IT’S FLASH FICTION FRIDAY! Welcome back, flash-fictioners! Today, we are giving away a critique (either the first 3 pages of your WIP or your query letter) from the loverly and crazy talented Kim Law!!! So get that caffeine in you and write us a story! For this story, your opening line will begin with… That’s […]


WELCOME BACK TO FLASH FICTION FRIDAY!   This week we will have an ENTIRE 50 words to tell our stories, so today’s writing prompt will be a first line. And one lucky writer will win a 3-page critique from our very own Heather McCollum!!!     Since today is the first day of November, and […]


HELLO INK SLINGERS!  Welcome back to Flash Fiction Friday!  Today I have a super fun giveaway, but first let’s get down to business.      I thought we’d continue in the “spirit” (get it?) of Halloween and write our stories based on something, ANYTHING, scary. Ghosts, a haunted house, vampires, zombies, werewolves, broken dolls, scary […]


***And the winner is…Lydia Stevens! WOOT WOOT! *** Welcome to another edition of Flash Fiction Friday! Today’s challenge is brought to you by the lovely Autumn Jordan! Autumn is giving away a critique of the first three pages of a current WIP, to be chosen using THANKS, AUTUMN! Okay, let’s flex those writing muscles […]


HELLO INK SLINGERS! Welcome to another episode of Flash Fiction Friday! We have a special bribe incentive for those participating in today’s exercise. We are giving away a critique! That’s right, boys and girls. One participant will win a 5-page critique from yours truly, chosen using, so get those brain cells ready. I thought […]

Flash Fiction Friday!

HELLO WRITERLY PEEPS!  Welcome back to Flash Fiction Friday. Are you ready for the ultimate short-fiction challenge? Then roll up your sleeves and let’s get started! This week’s challenge is to write a story in 6 words. Yep. Six. Think it can’t be done? How about this gem that, in true larger-than-life fashion, is attributed […]

Flash Fiction Friday!

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WRITING CHALLENGE, AND FREE BOOKS! If you browse the internet, as we writers are wont to do, flash fiction has several defining characteristics, most of which involve word count. You will find flash fiction—also known as sudden fiction, micro fiction, quick fiction, etc.—defined as any work of fiction that is under 1,000 […]

Laughing in the Face of Danger Pt. II

The Hows and Whys of Using Humor to Freshen your Prose, Strengthen your Story and Deepen your Characterization. Oh, and hook your reader! DRAMA APPEALS TO EMOTION, WHEREAS COMEDY APPEALS TO THE INTELLECT In LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF DANGER PT I, we talked about the key principles of comedy and how to incorporate them […]

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