Born in the village of North Aurora, Illinois, author Jillian Ochoa grew up with her three brothers in the rural midwest. Her family home was near trains, a horse race track, and a golf course, giving her plenty of space to imagine and play.
She started very early on writing and telling stories, at first to her brothers, then her friends, then her children and now grandchildren. It was a love she acquired from her Granny and Grandpa who would often tell funny stories of buffalo and bears.
Somewhere in high school, she discovered she had a knack for poetry and began writing poems to ease situations in life that troubled her. As time went on, she would write poems for friends, for family funerals, and for local contests.
In 2004, after working in banking for many years, Jillian decided to pursue a career as a website developer and writing content for websites. She establishing a small web development firm.
In 2009, her company, Mouse Bytez, won the Better Business Bureau Torch Award. She later changed the company name to Creative Extensions, LLC.
In December of 2017, Jillian stopped making websites and decided to write full time.
She has displayed poetry at Gallery M, of the Intercontinental Hotel, and the offices of a few politicians. She has performed poetry readings and spoke of her work at various events.
She currently lives with her husband of 33 years, Omero, and their hairless Sphynx cat Scarlet No’Haira, in Wisconsin. Their four daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren live nearby.
Jillian’s first book, Poems of Gratefulness, is expected to be published in May 2018.