About the Author

Jill Hedgecock, a native Californian, started freelance writing in the late 1980s. She currently writes a book review column called Book Ends in the Diablo Gazette. Her award-winning essays and publications are often based on her travels and frequently include characters of the canine persuasion. “Time for Mandy,” an essay on choosing a chemotherapy treatment for her Australian shepherd, won first place in nonfiction in a 2005 CWC contest, and a shorter version appeared in the Contra Costa Times. “The Bird Dog” appeared in the spring 2005 issue of Bark magazine and in Urban Animal, an Australian press.  Her short story, “Broken” appeared in the anthology, West Winds Centennial, in November 2010 and an essay, “May Good Fortune Shine on You” was published in the Carry the Light anthology.

Jill is an active-status member of the Mount Diablo Branch of the California Writer’s Club where she has served as a judge for the Young Writer’s Contest since 2008 and served as co-chair for the contest from 2013 to 2015.  She also belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).  Jill has two daughters and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two dogs, Annie and Bailey.