Jill Murphy Long


Jill Murphy Long is the author of novels and a non-fiction book series. She also writes screenplays and teaches creative writing. Since 2005, she has been a book editor and advocate for dozens of other writers to publish their books.

Prior to writing books, she worked in advertising as a creative director and copywriter for several LA agencies before opening her own: The Ad Group and Murphy & Watt Advertising.

Her first best-selling book, Permission to Nap, Taking Time to Restore Your Spirit received the Excellence Award, a distinguished recognition presented by the Chicago Book Clinic and the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Award by the Publishers Marketing Association.

The author has appeared on CBS and Fox television stations and has been a guest on other stations throughout North America. Interviewed by NPR and other major metro radio stations, she has also been hired as a keynote speaker at symposiums, conferences, universities, libraries, and spa resorts including The Golden Door, Canyon Ranch, and Red Mountain Adventure Spa & Resort.

Her other titles, Permission to Play and Permission to Party, received press coverage in: USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, American West In-flight Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, EPregnancy, and the international spa magazine, Pulse, to name a few.

Her books have been sold in gift catalogs and at their websites such as: Isabella, Femail Creations, Paragon, Victorian Trading Company, and Jessica’s Biscuits.

Jill has e-published Skiing With God, which will soon be released as an audio book.
The Conduit will also be available as an audio book in the summer 2014.

When she is not writing, she’s making a movie, skiing, or cycling.

To book this author for your next creative engagement, please email: jillmurphylong@gmail.com

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Try to wake up, but not too much--no talking--make strong Turkish coffee, sip, and let my fingers fly across the keyboard until I get hungry for breakfast.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother gave me a copy of Gone With the Wind when the summer I turned eleven. I thought, if I could read this thick book, I'll be able to read anything. I did and now I do read everything, especially authors who write in English even though it is not their native language.
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Where to find Jill Murphy Long online

Where to buy in print


Another Champagne Powder Day in Steamboat!
My good buddy Erik Ramstad, who skis great with a camera, shot this incredible champagne powder day video with good friends, in particular, Jeremy and Trey of Maryland who stayed with us for the winter. If this short video isn't enough for you, read a few pages from my novel, Skiing With God to keep the memories of powder flying...until the season starts again. (Yes, I'm addicted.)



The Conduit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,660. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
From the safety of her grandmother’s house in the snowy Rocky Mountains, college student Tess transcends time when she follows a six-year-old girl through the slums of Rio de Janeiro, searching for answers about the disappearance of her mother thirteen years ago.
Permission to Play, Taking Time to Renew Your Smile
Series: Permission to...books. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
Full of ideas, this motivational book helps you find more ways to play. Active play is all about fun—not working out. Creative play provides the mental stimulation and exhilarating challenge that housework and paperwork cannot. The mind, too craves fun and games, and not just on vacation or at retirement. With road trips and field days suggestions, you now have permission to go play!
Permission to Nap, Taking Time to Restore Your Spirit
Series: Permission to...books. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 35,640. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health
This soothing book reveals the sweet secret of living well, the afternoon siesta. Its peaceful prose invites the harried to learn the art of reserving a few precious moments every day to balance family, relationships, passions, and/or a career. Quotes and recipes encourage these tired individuals to reflect inward and regain harmony in their lives. This gentle guide makes a beautiful gift.
Skiing With God
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 98,540. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In Heaven, there are 8,143 ski resorts. Ski enthusiast Joy heard rumors Heaven offered every type of skiing ever imagined and after skiing with God—that’s her job now, she knows these tales to be true. Part Zen, part Catholic, part fantasy, and part true, Skiing With God will keep skiing and its memories alive—especially when winter is months away or where snow is many miles down the road.

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