Shirley Jump

Bring on the hearts and flowers, it’s the second week of February. Romance. It’s all over the newspapers and magazines, websites and blogs, television and theaters this week. It’s here in #litchat, too. Each February we devote the week preceding Valentine’s Day to the topic of romance novels of all categories. And there are many.

We have a special treat on Friday when New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump joins us as guest host. Jump has published more than 25 novels in the 10 years she’s been writing fiction–averaging 6 books per year. A former journalist with an impressive resume of publishing credits, Jump turned to fiction—romance in particular—because it gave her the freedom to write witty and wonderful stories wrapped in romance. Her books typically feature the the three most important things in her life—love, family and food. Jump publishes with Harlequin/Silhouette and Kensington Books. Her most recent novel, Midnight Kiss, New Year’s Wish, released in January of this year from Harlequin Romance. As AJ Whitten (, she and her daughter write horror young adult novels for Houghton Mifflin’s Graphia imprint.

Jump gives back to the reading/writing community with Just Write It, a discussion forum for aspiring writers accessible through Yahoo Groups. For a small fee, she teaches online classes with such topics as “Revision Can Be Fun.” She leads additional topics in person through Barnes and Noble Writer’s Workshop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Read her blog to find recipes of tried and true favorites, as well as her adventures with food.

Follow Shirley Jump on Twitter at @ShirleyJump.