Jillian Ochoa

Fiction Author & Poet

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What I Write

It is a long-established fact that a reader can feel the emotions that a writer puts into their work. I put everything I have into each sentence, be it poetry, children’s stories, or adult fiction. What separates writers is their style and creativity.

I hope you enjoy reading my works as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Creating Worlds Beyond Your Imagination!

I like to write, in silence, watching, listening, and thinking. This is where I am happiest.  I hope you enjoy my poems, books, and stories.  Let them take you away into different places and times, as they do me when I write them.


Adult Fiction

Short Stories

Children’s Books


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What is more comforting

than a cup of coffee or tea and a good book? I find very little in this world that can treat me as kindly.  When you spend that time wrapped in a blanket, glasses half down your nose, emerged into a world of fiction, it is stress relieving and wonderful. Have you ever just read something so beautiful that you have to stop and read it over and over again? Just to grasp its soul? I have. I think that anyone who has missed this has missed a great opportunity in life. 

What books do you find that touch your soul? What books have shaken you to do something great or to feel something so deeply that you cry?  

About Me… 

Fiction Author and Poet

To write well, you must start from a place deep inside you. Some writers find love, others pain, but no matter where you find your words, they should always speak from within.

Laying in the back in of an old station wagon in the summer, or down by the empty train cars, I would spend my summers soaking in as many books as I could. Occasionally I could hear the sounds of the race track, as the bugle for the start of the horse race would sound.  I would think of the way the horses ran, their manes whisking back toward the buggy, the jockey intense and focused. This was my life.

When it rained, I often watched the “morons” as my father often called them. This was the men who would golf in all weather including a lightning storm. Twice in my life, I have seen one of the “morons” struck by lightning, as they insisted in a storm to stand in the middle of an open range with their clubs up in the air. Then we would dial the police department.

I enjoyed, and still do enjoy, watching the oddities of human nature. Listening to the sounds around me, as I try to melt into the background unseen. This is where I feel the most comfortable.

I am a typical introvert most of the time, happy to be home with my cat, quietly reading. However, when I get out and about, I am a chatterbox. I guess there is a time and a place for everything.

My life is full of diversity and challenges. On an average weekend, my family will gather and four languages are spoken. Along with two religions and several nationalities. Diversity is beautiful and opens our minds to new worlds of experiences.

Future Works

I am currently working on two books. One is being illustrated right now. It is a children’s book called I’m a Real Cat. The book is about a hairless Sphynx cat and how her differences from the other cats make her amazing.  I’m a Real Cat is expected to be released in 2019.  The other book I am working on is an adult fiction novel titled The Garbage Symphony.  The story of a 9 year old girl who is growing up in the home of a hoarder.

Blog Writing Services

From 2004 until 2018, I owned a website development company called Creative Extensions, fka Mouse Bytez, LLC. During this time I wrote countless blog articles and website content as I developed the websites. I no longer offer website design services, however, I will still take the occasional writing project on. If you are interested in retaining my services to write website content or blog content, contact me and I will get back to you.

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From My Fans

It’s funny how we start out thinking that we know how the story is told but then the story changes just a bit.

Our ideas get clearer.

Writers feel like we are talking to an old friend in our audience. One that we want to share the oddest of things to get a reaction.

It’s priceless. A real rush. When you can look at someone and know that with every keystroke, you have synchronized a plethora of emotions, feelings, and thoughts with the stroke of a pen or the tap of the keys on your laptop.

It is the reaction and feedback from our readers that drives a writer. I love to hear from my readers. It is one of my greatest pleasures.

“I highly recommend Jillian’s book Gratefulness. Her work is extremely visual. You can feel the struggle of Ol’ Joe on the end of your line in Fishing Tales, You can see the smile of accomplishment on her face. The pleasure at the end of the poem. In Ode to Coffee you can feel the coffee cup in your own hands, the warmth, the satisfying aroma. I just can’t say enough words of praise. I am grateful for Gratefulness by Author Jillian Ochoa.”

Katherine Muday Davis

“Cras ultricies ligula sed magna dictum porta. Vivamus magna justo, lacinia eget consectetur sed, convallis at tellus. Quisque velit nisi, pretium ut lacinia in, elementum id enim. Vivamus magna justo, lacinia eget consectetur sed, convallis at tellus. Vivamus magna justo, lacinia eget consectetur.”

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The Carnival

I went to a carnival. The first place I went was to the Fun House.  It was full of twisted images of what was not right. Scary things kept jumping out at me, and I could not find safety anywhere. I was scared. My hands shook and no one could hear my cries. ...


I want to celebrate again to enjoy a holiday from its beginning to its end. To smile on my birthday, all throughout the day. To enjoy a sunset, without a dark cloud coming my way. I want to drink a coffee without wanting to tell you a joke. I want to hear a song...

The Cloud Over My Head

True pain is ever present once you have been hurt so badly that you no longer can feel the same. Something inside of you changes forever. Pieces are stolen, and you are left filling your now broken heart with plaster to hold it together. This poem is a reflection of the pain I have for someone dear to me. It will never fill or stop cracking. I can only keep putting the plaster back on it to hold the pieces together.

My Book on Poetry, Gratefulness

While facing 11 chronic illnesses, I decided that I needed a way to stay positive. I needed a purpose to move forward and to be happy. I decided I needed to be grateful for the things I do have.

The little things, that most of us never take the time to appreciate. I started writing a gratefulness journal and I noticed that the more that I wrote, the more that I thought about what I appreciated in my life, the happier I became.

Then I saw others in my similar situation while waiting at the doctors and labs. I also noticed it was not just those with ill health, but, the people at the grocery stores, gas stations, and parks. Everywhere I went, I noticed sad, unhappy, angry people.

I needed to help by showing people that by changing the way we look at things in our lives, our world changes. This book is about the things in life we can appreciate. It is not an “End All” list, but, hopefully, the start of a way to help others to find the little things in their own lives to be grateful for. 

The book contains poems such as:


Ode to Coffee

Comfortable Old Shoes

Dirty Dishes

Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing poetry since I was about 8 or 9 years old. It was a way to get away from the world for me.

Who is your favorite author?

That is a hard question. I don’t have one particular favorite however I have several favorites. I love poetry so of course I enjoy Poe, Maya Angelou, Frost, and E.E.Cummings. For fiction, I enjoy Stephen King, Charles Dickens, JK Rowling, Alice Sebold, and Khaled Hosseini to name a few.

What is your favorite poem?

Probably The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

Where do you get your ideas?

I am a people watcher. My ideas come from watching people, animals, nature and things around me.

If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

I would tell me self don’t waste time doing things just to make ends meet. Don’t work meaningless jobs to pay the electric company. Instead, light a candle and follow your dreams. If you put everything you have into your dream when you are young, when you are my age, you are already a success. It is fools like myself that waited a lifetime to start following their dreams.

What did you do with your first advance?

My first advance was $44.00. It was not a lot but it was the best $44.00 I have ever earned! I used it to buy some groceries. LOL