Jill Leach-Klajic was born Mary Jillene Leach in Searcy Arkansas. As a young child Jill moved to Turlock, California with her family. Her professional career included forming two non-profit pre-schools, marketing director of an assistant living community, owning several businesses, and the former Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita. She retired from a twenty-year career in Marketing and Community Relations.
Jill is married to Daniel Ryan and lives in the small mountain community of Columbia California.
She is the mother of five grown children and grandmother of twelve, who presently range in age from one to twenty-one. She has a very large extended family that includes two living sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Jill and her husband love traveling and spending time with all the children in their family.
She presently is the facilitator of the Sonora Writers Group and a co-host of a local public radio program, "The Nuggets of the Motherlode". As co-host, she interviews local published authors.
Jill has been writing since she was in high school and has published short stories, poems and articles. With Dignity, is her first fiction novel. She has three other books in the works.
"My earliest memories are at my father’s feet listening to his bigger than life tales. He would take me along with him through funny, traumatic, and sometimes dangerous adventures. I grew up feeling as if I knew his characters, personally, and somehow lived the stories myself. My dream is to write like he told his stories".
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by Jill Leach-Klajic
Published: March 22, 2018
With Dignity takes place in rural Arkansas during the early 1900's. It is not your typical love story. This family saga intertwined with dramatic and tragic events that include murder, rape, death, suicide, adultery, mental illness and great personal loss, all while maintaining their dignity, love and devotion for one another.
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