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

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 […]

Laughing in the Face of Danger Pt. I

KEY PRINCIPLES OF COMEDY “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” —Joss Whedon Comedy, like romance, is an art form that is oft maligned. And while most comedy has the advantage of added elements like facial expression, voice intonation, timing, and body language, […]

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 […]

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