A former bookstore owner in a beautiful Colorado mountain tourist town, I have been writing since 1990. Normally I write in the law enforcement genre, since I am married to a 42-year veteran police officer, now retired. I began by writing poetry and that evolved into short stories and magazine articles in the field of law enforcement, history, genealogy and, finally, into my first stand-alone book called "We Are Different Now." I have been a contributing author to several anthologies, some of which are American Blue; Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides (published July 1, 2013); Echoes From the Silence; Dusting Off Dreams and The Centennial Book of the National Society of Daughter of the Union 1861-1865. I have two 2013 Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA) Writers Contest awards for my articles "Amache" and "The Siege at Cortez".
My oldest grandson, Pete, died beside the river in the pitch black of night after falling 100 feet to the rock-strewn canyon floor. He was only 21 years old and the apple of my eye. My book invites you to come along with me on my journey through death on the mountain. Read the true story of what has been revealed to us since we lost this young man with the angelic face and who was born possessing an old soul.
Besides writing, I love being outdoors in these beautiful mountains in all of the seasons, spending time with my family (I have 3 kids and 5 beautiful grandchildren) and relaxing in the arms of nature's quiet and beauty that our little mountain town provides. We live at 8000 feet and our house has one of the most spectacular views ever seen and I love it here, moving from Ohio 32 years ago. That surely makes me, at least, a semi-native of Colorado.
First place award winning novel “Footprints in the Frost” introduces homicide detective, Max Richards, and involves his life both on the job and away from it. When he is hand picked by the chief of police to work a long and complicated serial rape case involving five beautiful victims with whom he must spend much time, his life with girlfriend and bookstore owner, Sami Murphy, becomes extremely complicated. Escaping from the city hustle and bustle to his beautiful and remote Colorado mountain cabin, the two of them attempt to relax and try to untangle the knots in their relationship. What will happen to this couple who are tremendously bonded, but have to decide if their jobs and lives can meld permanently or if it would be better to go their separate ways? * * * “Very compelling. Well written and fast moving. It held my interest to the end. Hope there is another one in the works soon.” --Mona Armstrong Jackie Taylor Zortman ... Award-winning published writer and author, Jackie is married to a 42-year retired veteran law enforcement officer. They live in a bustling Colorado mountain tourist town.
Pete worked late on the night of July 4th and watched the city fireworks with a friend. Then he drove three miles up the mountain dirt road to a spot where his buddies had gathered. This area is a shelf road with a cliff on one side and canyon on the other. It is pitch black at night, but the acoustics are fantastic. Pete lit and dropped a firework of some magnitude and instinctively jumped backwards, falling 100 feet to the rocky canyon floor and creek bank below where he died instantly from a skull fracture at age 21. When an EMT friend found him unresponsive, the Mountain Rescue Team and sheriff were summoned and thus began the true story of his maternal grandmother’s journey with death on the mountain. Come and walk along to learn what has been revealed since we lost this young man with the angelic face and who was born possessing an old soul. Early Readers Say: “We Are Different Now: has many of the answers grandparents are looking for and need to hear…” – Keith Bettinger, author, retired police officer and grief counselor “…I am indeed indebted to Jackie for sharing her touching, bittersweet, awe inspiring book…” --Dr. Marilyn Regan Frankland, retired psychologist and teacher “Very few resources are available for grieving grandparents. We are Different Now, fills a much needed void…” --Connie Iddings, Ordained Grace Association Pastor