Jillian Ochoa

Fiction Author & Poet

My Books

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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

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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?  

My Favorite Books List

I love reading as much as I love writing. So, I read a lot. This is my ever-growing list of favorite books. So that you know, I have not been paid to support any of these books. This is just my honest opinion of the books.  

The Lovely Bones

By Alice Sebold, this book had me on edge and made me cry. LOVE, LOVE,  LOVE the book. 

The Lord of the Rings

I have read this book by J.R.R. Tolkien several times. It is fun, adventurous and so creative. Great read. 

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S.Lewis classic is also one of my favorites. I enjoy a book that will take me into other worlds and places. Adventures and action all throughout the book. 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King’s book to help future authors is full of great advice and feedback. He talks honestly about the ups and down in writing and doesn’t beat around the bush when talking about rejection letters, and failed attempts. 

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

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Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes

Many don’t like washing dirty dishes, but I like mine just fine. They mean that I had food on my plate, and had company over to dine. Some are chipped and old, with cracks along the bottom. Cups from festivals and trips, places that I gott’em.   They may not be...

Making Stars in the Sky (for Frankie)

Making Stars in the Sky (for Frankie)

  Walking across the sunlight sky, Stepping on clouds, looking back now and then, Where you afraid to die?   What was ahead of you that you felt you had to go? Was the love we felt for you not enough? Or was it time for your spirit to soar and grow?  ...

The Carnival

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. ...

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