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Publication Order of Alec Flint, Super Sleuth Books

The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ransom Note Blues (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sparkle Spa Books

All That Glitters (With: Laura Dower) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Purple Nails and Puppy Tails (With: Laura Dower) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Makeover Magic (With: Laura Dower) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Colors (With: Laura Dower) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad News Nails (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Picture-Perfect Mess (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bling It On! (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wedding Bell Blues (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fashion Disaster (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glam Opening! (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Follow Your Heart Books

Summer Love (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love on the Lifts (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Light We Lost (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Than Words (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything After (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stars in an Italian Sky (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Moms Don't Have Time To(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jill Santopolo
Author Jill Santopolo is not a super sleuth at all, however she is especially good at walking fast and quiet through the streets of New York City, where she lives.

Jill grew up close to the beach in Hewlett, New York with her two sisters, parents, various birds, fish, and dogs and a whole bunch of books.

She wrote her first story when she was about three years old. The story was about a magical cat named Stacey, who would turn people into mats. Jill feels that it was not all that good, but she had a fun time writing it, or so she has been told. She did the illustrations for the story too. As she looks at the pictures these days, she has a tough time telling the difference between the mats, the cats, and the people.

Throughout elementary school, she stapled pieces of paper together to make books, and wrote stories on these pages. She often asked her buddies to illustrate them. She wrote about her grandparents, aliens, historical figures. She even wrote a sequel to “Grease”, because she wanted Sandy to become friends with a girl named Cha-Cha DiGregorio by the end.

She loved writing and reading equally. Particularly mysteries about the Boxcar Children, Nate the Great, and Einstein Anderson. She also enjoyed reading the “There’s Something Queer” series by Elizabeth Levy. After finding out Elizabeth would be appearing at her school, she wrote a book for her, with her friend drawing pictures for it. It was titled “There’s Something Queer in the Auditorium”. This is probably the first mystery she ever wrote.

Throughout all of her middle and high school years, she continued writing. She wrote poems, short stories, essays, plays, and articles for her school newspaper. When she wasn’t writing (or singing or acting or playing the flute or dancing or spending time with her friends), she would be reading. She fell in love with “Harriet the Spy”, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, and “Jacob Have I Loved”.

She loved reading so much she decided to major in English literature while at Columbia University. It was during this time, she began working for a publisher.

After graduating, she got work editing kid’s books. She applied to Vermont College in order to get a master’s degree in writing kid’s books, since she wanted to study writing a bit more. Then she applied to NYU since she wanted to learn about all the laws governing intellectual property.

Right around this time, Scholastic chose to publish the books she had written about Alec Flint. Then she got another job editing books for Penguin’s Young Readers Division and began thesis advising at The New School University and began teaching at McDaniel College. Puffin and Simon & Schuster decided they wanted to publish her Follow Your Heart series and her Sparkle Spa series. It makes her world filled with all the books she teaches, the ones she edits, and the ones she writes.

Despite the fact she lives in a tiny New York City apartment, she has seven giant bookshelves. One is dedicated just to the books she has edited and written. The first one on the shelf is her battered and faded copy of “Stacey the Cat”.

She spends a lot of time writing books, reading books, and then editing some others.

Jill holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU, and BA in English Literature from Columbia University.

Jill’s novel “The Light We Lost”, was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection, and hit the USA Today, New York Times, and Apple bestseller lists. It has also been translated into 35 different languages.

Jill writes romance, children’s fiction, and literary fiction. Her debut novel, called “Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure”, which was released in the year 2008.

“The Light We Lost” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2017. Two people and one choice. What if? Every love story has got a beginning.

The date is September 11, 2001. Gabe and Lucy meet in New York on one day that is going to change their lives, as well as the rest of the world, forever. While the city is burning behind them, they kiss each other for the first time.

Over the next thirteen years, they get torn apart, then brought back together again and again. It is a journey of desires, dreams, forgiveness, and jealousy. Above all, of love.

While Lucy is faced with a devastating decision, she ponders whether their love is a matter of chance or destiny. What if this is how their story is going to end?

This is a deeply affecting and beautifully penned story about missed chances and love, and how the global events are able to change the course of a single person’s entire life. Readers found this to be heartbreaking and entirely emotional and some found themselves running low on tissues, they were crying that much.

“More Than Words” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2019. Nina has always known exactly who she is supposed to be. Is that who she really is, though?

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her dad, the owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, and Nina has learned that legacy, family, and reputation are the things that matter most. Her devoted boyfriend and best friend since they were kids, named Tim, agrees with this. When Nina’s dad dies, he leaves a secret behind that stuns Nina right to her core.

While all of her world falls apart, Nina starts to see the guys in her life: her boyfriend, her dad, and, unexpectedly, Rafael (her boss) in a brand new light. Quickly Nina finds herself caught between the passion that could upend everything and the world she loves.

This novel is outstandingly honest and poignant. Jill is a true master when it comes to matters of the heart. It is a wise and tender story about self, family, and love. Readers had a tough time setting this one down until they had finished it.

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One Response to “Jill Santopolo”

  1. Lydia Louie: 3 years ago

    Dear Jill – I just read “The light we lost” I cannot get the book out of my mind. Is their any way in your mind of writing can you think about a second book on the characters Gabe and Lucy. Something is missing with the ending. I know that pulled the machine on him but, his son, Lucy’s life after Gabe. This book needs a so many years later, Gabe reappear. Lucy and Gabe reunite….Please think of something. All endings are not always like it seems. I cannot get this book out of my heads…Please think about this long and every hard. I loved :Everything After”, Rob said, if they had stayed together, there would not be his two daughters and he love them very much. He wanted their music to start again in the future. ….But Gabe and Lucy……Darren is good but he never did get Lucy…, to me, something is missing.

    Love your writing style…..



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