Managing school, child Northwestern grad becomes published author

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Managing school, child Northwestern grad becomes published author

December 6, 2011

 Jill Ranney-Campbell
Northwestern Oklahoma State University fall graduate Jill Ranney-Campbell became a published author while attending Northwestern.  Her book, “Celtic Rose,” is available for $5.99 for the e-book and $11.99 for the print version.

Many students attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University solely to obtain a degree. For Jill Ranney-Campbell, a 2011 fall graduate from Garber, she used her time at Northwestern to also become a published author while receiving her Bachelor of Science Education in elementary education.

Her journey in writing began at the age of 17. At that time she had written a trilogy. Due to unforeseen circumstances, her manuscripts were destroyed which left her devastated, and she quit writing for a long time.

“Right after I started here at Northwestern nearly three years ago, I was inspired to start writing again,” Ranney-Campbell said.

She would write during any hour or more break between classes, on the days she didn’t have classes and on weekends.

“It took two years to complete my manuscript because I was trying to juggle so many things,” Ranney-Campbell said.

“I found a balance in it though, always putting my school work first, and then the writing. My career after school is what I will need to survive, so it is more important, and becoming an author is my dream.”

Her inspiration to begin writing again stemmed partly from her teachers Dr. Martie Young, professor of education; Paul Mathis, assistant professor of education; and Dr. Adeana Sallee, retiree from the Division of Education.

“It wasn’t so much the classes as the teachers who gave me what I needed to follow my dream of becoming a writer; Dr. Young, Mr. Mathis, and Dr. Sallee were my main inspiration,” Ranney-Campbell said.

“They were teaching us to teach but through their words, and the fun we always had, they inspired me to not only be the best teacher I could be but to strive for my goals and dreams, and be the best writer I could be. I’m sure they have absolutely no idea what kind of impact they’ve had on me but they did, and they gave me the courage to put myself out there and take a chance.”

While Ranney-Campbell pursued her degree and cared for her son, she managed to find time to write “Celtic Rose.”

“Celtic Rose” is about a curse that is placed on a couple and on all who died to avenge them. They are reborn and live several lives finding each other and starting again only to die two years later. They will continue this cycle until the curse is broken. Everything is accelerated and their death is coming quicker than usual. Their quest to find the artifacts that will stop this curse begins in a rush against time.

“I love to write, the smooth pull of the pen, or the soft clacking sound of a pencil were calming tasks for me,” Ranney-Campbell said.

“Eventually I could type faster than I could write so the clicking of the keys on my keyboard became my soothing escape.”

She always wanted to do something special with her life and entertaining people or even inspiring people were great ways to do that, but she was always afraid of being in the limelight. “Northwestern helped me a lot with that as well, since I had to do so many presentations in front of my peers,” Ranney-Campbell said.

Ranney-Campbell’s advice for those interested in becoming an author is to always check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) on companies before submitting or settling, and also try to find like-minded people with more experience to get advice.

Ranney-Campbell was born and raised in north central Oklahoma. She has an 8-year-old son who she is raising on her own. She credits her wonderful family members and God who have helped her make it as far as she has today.

To learn more about “Celtic Rose” or to read more about Ranney-Campbell, visit or