Growing up, Jill very nearly failed all of her math classes because she spent her evenings after school writing stories rather than doing her homework. As an adult, she is grateful for the calculator on her phone and has been called "a stylish and sparkly writer" by the New York Times, so it all worked out.
Along with writing swoony and sassy small town romance, she is known for her memoirs, including the Wall Street Journal bestselling Reading Behind Bars, which was a finalist for the 2020 Ohioana Book Awards and the 2020 In the Margins Social Justice and Advocacy Book Award. Other writing has appeared in Cleveland Magazine, BUST, Bitch, Fatventure Mag, and The Millions. Her poetry has appeared in The Potomac Review. Jill has her BFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University and her MLIS from the University of Kentucky.
She lives in Cleveland with her husband, four cats, and more books than they have room for.
Jill is represented by Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency.