What do you do with someone who grew up in a library and has written since she could hold a pencil in her hand? Exactly. Wait until fifty years and five kids later, and then ask whether she wants to be an author when she grows up.

Better late than never. I mean, Grandma Moses and all. I’ve adopted a cat for the occasion. Let’s do this.

In 2019, I took the San Diego Writers Ink year-long Novel Writing Certification Program and finished with a completed first draft of my first novel. 2020 finds me attending small groups for critique (yep, online now), rewrites, and polishing it. Apparently, you can’t rush genius. Unless you participate in NaNoWriMo. When you do that, you take genius by the ear and hurl it through walls. Just for fun.

It turns out that if you challenge yourself, things are possible. I’m working on query letters, searching for beta readers, and wondering when we can all wander through bookstores and libraries again. Join me on the journey with my monthly Newsletter where I share excerpts and all things writerly. Better yet, join my Facebook Group, Jolie Tunnell’s Earlybirds, and get your daily dose of bookworm inspiration.

Please find below, my practice novels. When I finally publish my first book I will have to track down my fifth grade teacher, Mrs Calabria, and let her know because she made me promise my first would be dedicated to her.

So I will.

Historical Fiction. Complete at 100,500 words. Currently in edits, seeking publication.

In Roman conquered Israel, two sisters break tradition to raise their baby brother and keep their home intact. Jesus’ rising ministry begins challenging the status quo, both personal and global. When their brother dies and Jesus resurrects him, the women must decide whether to risk violence, rejection, and losing everything they spent their lives fighting for, to protect Jesus.


Rom-Com. Completed Nov 2019 at 62,200 words. Practice manuscript.

Regina’s new job in a catering company lands her in the middle of a fantastic Hotel Del Coronado wedding where her fast thinking saves the day and gets the attention of the wedding planner and the hottest man at the party. Between her fiesty grandfather, a dachshund named Dufus, her bestie, her neighbors, and offers she can’t refuse, can Gina keep up?


Historical Fiction. Completed March 2020 at 80,300 words. Practice manuscript.

In 1888, three families left Texas and headed west, seeking a homestead and a haven for their faith. Young, hot-headed Joe Campbell and his sweetheart, Lidy, eloped in the night and raced to join them. Deep in the secluded mountaintops of New Mexico, hard work and strong ideals were no surety against the internal demons of pride, isolation, passion, disillusion, and politics. A new century arrives, and Joe and Lidy must watch helplessly as the next generation questions the price of exclusivity and whether they will live the Truth…or a lie.


Historical Cozy Murder Mystery. Completed Aug 2020 at 60,000 words. Slated for publication Oct 2020.

When Loveda Brown arrives in the tiny mountainside town of Idyllwild, California, as yet the wild west of 1912, she is running from her ex-husband. But when a body turns up the next day, she realizes she might have worse things following her…her ex-husband is dead, and in his clenched fist is something that forces Loveda to stay in Idyllwild and use all of her wits to stop another murder from happening. Probably her own.