my writing
my writing that's what i do
Rilla Jaggia  

Writing Perspectives

"What are you writing?" asked a friend.
"I'm working on a middle-grade novel," I replied.
"Middle grade?" she said. "Don't be so hard on yourself. Your work is way better than you give yourself credit for."

"So," said another friend. "I hear you've taken up writing."
"Yes!" I replied. "I write fiction for children and young adults."
He tut-tutted and threw me a pitying glance. "Why settle? I'm sure if you applied yourself, your writing could be good enough for adults."


    awards & more

Winner of the 2011 SCBWI-L.A. Sue Alexander Service and Encouragement Award (SASE) for my tenure as managing editor of Kite Tales the newsletter for SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California presented at the SCBWI-L.A. 2012 Writer's Days.

SCBWI-L.A. SASE Award 2012

Sandalwood and Stone -- 2nd prize in the YA categoroy of the SCBWI-L.A. 2012 Writer's Days Contest.

Sandalwood and Stone -- Winner of the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant 2010 for work from a multicultural perspective.,

SCBWI Blog Announcement

The Initiate's Daughter -- Chosen for the 2010 Highlights Whole Novel Workshop for Fantasy


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    short stories

Short Stories

"No Pets, Please!" Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2009.

"Tamarind Rice" sold to Highlights for Children, March, 2008.

"Blue Space Pajamas" Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2007.

    articles and presentations


"Q&A with Leonard Marcus," Kite Tales, Winter 2012 pg. 30.

"A Crash Course in Self-Editing," presented at the SCBWI Inland Empire (Southern California) Schmooze on Feb. 19, 2011.

"Interview with Arthur A. Levine" Kite Tales, Summer 2009 pg. 11.

School Visit Presentation to Sixth Grade -- Ontario CA, May 2009.

"Interview with Michael Stearns, Agent, Firebrand Literary Agency" Kite Tales, Spring 2009 pg. 12.

"What's in a Domain Name?" Kite Tales, Spring 2009.

"The Dummy Guide to Writing Picture Books or Why Do You Dissect a Frog?" presented at the SCBWI Inland Empire Schmooze, February 21, 2009.

“Breaking in is Hard to Do”, by Rilla Jaggia, Guest Column, GameSpot, (  August 3, 1998.



Tattoos for Breakfast -- YA Contemporary--WIP


Sandalwood and Stone -- YA Multicultural Contemporary--Complete
Winner of the 2010 SCBWI WIP Award


The Initiate's Daughter -- Book One of The Kinthaar Trilogy -- YA High Fantasy--Complete


Stone Alert at Monsters Elementary -- Lower Middle Grade Humorous Contemporary Fantasy--WIP


The Crystal Coffin -- Middle Grade Contemporary Fantasy--Complete




"The Princess and the Parrot"


"Not My Fault"

"The Hummingbirds Don't Laugh"



    memberships and affiliations

P.A.L. Member -- Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Editor -- Kite Tales, Newsletter of the SCBWI Tri-Regions of Southern California (SCBWI SoCal) 2009 - 2012

Member of two local children's writing critique groups

I regularly attend SCBWI conferences, workshops, and schmoozes.

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Susan PatronLibba Bray

Susan Patron ---------------- Libba Bray

SCBWI Summer Conference 2009

Sherman Alexie!............... Krista Marino Teaching......... Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Lisa Yee and Dan Santat............. Stephanie Jefferson & Stepahnie Roth Sisson

At the Blue Moon Ball!.................Eizabeth Byrd and Julia Collard

Miscellaneous SCBWI Summer Conferences and Regional Events

    past avatars

“Firm-Specific Human Capital and Optimal Capital Structure”, by P. K.Butt Jaggia and Anjan Thakor, International Economic Review, vol. 35, No. 2, May 1994.

"Firm-Specific Human Capital and Moral Hazard: Appications to Labor Contracting, Capital Structure and Takeover Protection", P. K. Butt Jaggia, Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University, 1990.

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