Oak Tree Press Author Zortman, J.

Author Zortman, JackieJackie Zortman Taylor


The winner of seven writing awards, Jackie is the author of two books.

We Are Different Now is a grief book about her journey with death on the mountain following the sudden accidental death of her oldest grandson, Pete, after a 100-fall off a mountain at age 21.

Her current book Footprints in the Frost is fiction and won First Place in the Public Safety Writers Association Conference in July 2014. It introduces homicide detective Max Richards and his love, Sami, and includes romance, crime, police detection and court procedure.  It is set in a magnificent Colorado mountain town.

Jackie is a Charter Member of the PSWA, being a member since its inception as the Police Writer’s Club in the mid-1990s, she remains a member today. Writing professionally for 25 years, she’s had numerous short stories and poetry published, as well as contributing to several anthologies, including “Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides” and “American Blue”.  She also writes history and genealogy. She’s a long-time member of the National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865 with 16 documented Union soldiers and contributed 28 pages to their centennial book.

A native of Kentucky, she grew up and raised her family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moving to Colorado 34 years ago, she lives with her husband and Siamese cat in a beautiful tourist town inside a national forest, high in the southwestern mountains. Bustling in summer and quiet and deep in snow during the long winters, it’s the ideal location in which to write.

Blog:  www.jtzortman.wordpress.com



We Are Different Now

Pete lit and dropped a firework of some magnitude and instinctively jumped backwards...[read more]

Footprints in The Frost

First place award winning novel introduces homicide detective, Max Richards, and involves his life  both on the job and away from it.[read more]