Book Cover with blurb(Site updated  9/4/2019)   2017 Independent Publisher Gold Medal Winner. To order the novel online or to find an independent bookstore, please click on an icon below.




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Exciting news!! Beginning with Cannonballs is available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be published in May, 2020. 

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REVIEWS for True Stories at the Smoky View:

“What’s better than discovering a wonderful debut author? Discovering a wonderful local debut author. With True Stories at the Smoky View, Jill McCroskey Coupe, a former Johns Hopkins University librarian, delivers an offbeat tale of justice, happenstance, and the power of story.” To read The Ivy Bookshop‘s review by Rebecca Oppenheimer, please click HERE.

“You’ve got to love a novel whose protagonist is an emotionally adrift art librarian turned kidnapper and detective.” Read Paula Martinac’s review from Story Circle Book Reviews by clicking HERE.

And from Library Journal: “There is something for everyone in this light/dark Southern novel by a writer to watch.”

And from Booklist: “This debut author has a knack for storytelling and great characters.”

“Coupe has created fully human characters, with all their virtues and flaws.” Jeff Minick’s full review in Smoky Mountain News is available HERE.


July 9, 2019, reading in Taos, NM.

Taos Reading 2019

Yes, that’s True Stories at the Smoky View, on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 (just below the bottom left corner of the large IBPA sign). What a thrill!

Frankfurt Book Fair


Jill feels honored to have participated in this reading series on November 18, 2017, along with Christopher Doyle, Lindsay Fleming, and Michelle Junot.

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On July 29, 2017, Jill signed copies of her book at Greetings & Readings.









Pictured below are the July 2017 participants in a 5-day writing workshop in Taos, NM. Left to right: John Dufresne (workshop leader), Cully Perlman, Karen Kravit, Teddy Jones, Jill Coupe, David Norman, Peter Stravlo, and Jim Bob Jones. Photo by Garry Kravit.

Taos 2017 by Garry Kravit


On May 30, 2017, escorted by her son, Jill attended the Independent Publisher Book Awards ceremony in New York, where she received her first gold medal in anything, ever.

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On October 22, 2016, Jill enjoyed signing books along with other local authors at Words & Wine, a fundraiser sponsored by Friends of the Catonsville Public Library, in Catonsville, MD.

Reading at The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore on Sept. 22, 2016, featuring John Dufresne and Jill McCroskey Coupe:


She Writes Press reading at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA, on May 20, 2016. Left to right: Dorit Sasson, Melissa Rea, Jill McCroskey Coupe, Donna Wilk Cardillo: OneMorePageBooksReading

Baltimore’s CityLit Festival on April 16, 2016. Left to right: Cherrie Woods, Garine Isassi, and Jill in her favorite shirt: CityLitreading