More About the Author
Author of several books in the PERMISSION TO BOOKS SERIES, Jill Murphy Long is a professional writer, certified yoga instructor, athlete, and teacher. She owned The Ad Group, was a partner and creative director/copywriter for ten years at Murphy & Watt Advertising, and worked for Foote, Cone and Belding, ADWEEK, and The Advertising Center. As a former advertising executive, she realized the importance of taking time each day to nap and play. In 1997, she quit her day job to write books for those who needed permission to take this time the most'American women.
A graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing/Communications, Ms. Long's best-selling first book, Permission to Nap, Taking Time to Restore Your Spirit received the Excellence Award, a distinguished recognition presented by the Chicago Book Clinic and the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Award by the Publishers Marketing Association for being a finalist in the category of New Age (Metaphysics/Spirituality).
Interviewed by NPR and other major metro radio stations, the author has also spoken at spa resorts, universities, bookstores, libraries, and many other, diverse retail locations. Press coverage of her first book included articles in: Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, American West In-flight Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, EPregnancy, and the international spa magazine, Pulse, to name a few.
The second book in the Permission Books Series, Permission to Play, Taking Time to Renew Your Smile, was published in April 2003 with 20,000 copies in the first printing. Permission to Play has been featured in publications such as: Women's Health & Fitness, Delicious Living, Women's World, Inside Borders, Christian Science Monitor, and Philadelphia Daily News. The author has appeared on CBS and Fox television stations and has been interviewed by other numerous radio stations throughout North America.
Permission to Play shows readers many ways to fit active, creative, and mind play in their days with the same convincing prose and beautiful artwork found in the first book of the series.
The author has played all of her life both dabbling in the arts and trying new sports. This former collegiate alpine ski racer, Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA certified), and bike racer licensed under the United States Cycling Federation, speaks from experience of starting a new healthy habit and staying with it. Now a member of Wombats (Women on Mountain Bikes and Tea Society), the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), and a ski Ambassador for the Steamboat Ski Resort tallying 100 days a year on the slopes, Ms. Long still reserves time for naps and play between her writing and book tour schedule.
The 2005 Permission to Play 12-Month Wall Calendar produced by Portal and adapted from the best-selling book sold out in 2004.
The third book in the series, Permission to Party, Taking Time to Celebrate and Enjoy Life is available at fine bookstores and gift shops nationwide including e-retailers such as: Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion.com, Walmart, Target, and in gift direct mail catalogs as well as on line at: www.isabellacatalog.com, www.Femail Creations.com, www.paragon.com, Victorian Trading Company, and Stampington & Company.
A bibliophile herself, the author belongs to a reading club and has organized and led weekly writers' groups since 1998. She has taught at the Arts for the Soul Creative Symposiums and the Working Writers Workshop at the Colorado Mountain College. Ms. Long has planned nine more books in this series and is currently writing book four, Permission to Risk, Taking Time to Live Your Dreams. Excerpts from the books and the author's tour schedule can be viewed at: www.permissionbooks.com.
The author happily makes her home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband and daughter, writing, and skiing or cycling'weather permitting'almost every day.