Creating stories that delight in the imaginative extravaganza known as childhood
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About

JZM Media is a writing and publishing company founded to create irresistible stories that celebrate delightful childhood moments.  Owner Jill Martin started the company to develop her first book, Froggy Boots Go With Everything.  She spent her earlier career as a successful technology publicist in Silicon Valley, working for both agencies and large corporations.  After becoming a mother of two, Jill began writing Froggy Boots and other children's books.  She then teamed with artist Kirsten Gaede Van Mourick to bring her first story to life.  JZM Media was founded as the publishing arm of Jill's vision as an author and in summer 2010 Froggy Boots Go With Everything makes its debut.


Jill Zabkar Martin, author and publisher
Jill was born in Minneapolis, Minn. where she lived until she was five.  Memories of her life there are firmly etched in the frosted panes of windows, the frozen pond in her backyard without a fence, watching grapes turn into raisins on her porch, dancing in her pink poncho and swinging from her grandma's Willow tree.  Her family moved to the small town of Saratoga, Calif. before it was known as Silicon Valley and when she could pick the most delicious plums from orchards as she walked home from school.  Jill currently lives in the town of Los Gatos, Calif. with her loving husband and two children.

Prior to founding JZM Media, Jill was a technology writer and publicist.  She was Public Relations Manager at Cisco Systems and Account Manager at Walt & Company Communications before joining Loughlin/Michaels Group as a Senior Account Manager consultant.  Her client history includes both emerging and established companies such as Blue Coat Systems, Crescendo, Cyclades/Avocent, Epson America, FireEye, Harmonic, Mirapoint, NetScaler/Citrix, Nokeena Networks, Sprint PCS and others.  Jill has architected numerous successful PR campaigns, launches and speaker programs as well as ghost writing and editing many articles that have been published in technology and trade publications.  Jill holds a BA in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from San Jose State University.


Kirsten Gaede Van Mourick, illustrator
Kirsten Gaede Van Mourick attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she received her BA in both Studio Art and Journalism.  She studied for a semester in Florence, Italy at S.A.C.C.I., an international school devoted to visual arts.  After graduating, Kirsten worked for Morgan Concepts in Huntington Beach.  There, she oversaw the design, manufacture and shipping of custom display fixtures for the action sports industry.  Clients included Quicksilver, Fox Racing, Vans and Hurley.  She was also Director of Design at Graham-Marquis Fine Hotel Porcelain, where she created custom porcelain designs for various hotels, restaurants and country clubs.  Kirsten is also a freelance painter, providing art for homes and offices.  She plans to attend the Laguna College of Art and Design beginning fall 2010 as a member of the Post Baccalaureate Program in preparation to pursue an MFA degree.



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