Jill Barnett was born and raised in Southern California, in the kind of idyllic coastal town the Beach Boys made famous. A gap in jobs sent Jill back to college, but the gift of a baby daughter changed everything. Jill quit school to rethink her choices and concentrate on family, something she has never regretted. Always an avid reader, she set to work writing her first novel and two years after she quit school, she sold it to Pocket Books.
There are over 8 million Jill Barnett books in print and her work has been published in 23 languages, audio, national and international book clubs, hardcover and large print editions. Jill is the recipient of a Persie Award for Literature and, along with Judith McNaught, is one of only two authors to have ever received an unprecedented 6 star review from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. A finalist for Favorite Book of the Year with Romance Writers of America, Jill was also nominated six times for their prestigious RITA award. Romantic Times called Jill Barnett’s books “poignant and joyous” and gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award for Love and Laughter and in Historical Romance.
Jill was the first historical romance author to receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly and her work has garnered prominent positions on Best Book of the Year lists for the Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, USA Today and Kirkus Reviews. Her “luminous prose” has earned her a place on such national bestseller lists as the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly.
Jill lives in the Pacific Northwest where she is working on her next novel.