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Singer, actress — now author; debut novel by Urbach makes its mark

San Juan Island singer, actress, and now published author, Jill Urbach. - Contributed photo
San Juan Island singer, actress, and now published author, Jill Urbach.
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Former Journal columnist Jill Urbach’s debut novel, a romantic comedy entilted “Two-Room Flat”, has been published by Astraea Press. A finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, Two-Room Flat traces the travails and successes of a widowed author who flees to London to restart her career.

Two-Room FlatUrbach, perhaps best known as a gifted singer (One More Time Band) and actress (playing the part of Maria in the Community Theatre’s recent production of “The Sound of Music”) said her stint as a columnist had a direct influence on bringing her story to the page.

“My main character, Claire, writes a blog that is interspersed among the chapters,” she said. “I had such fun writing my humor column for the Journal that I used the same tone for Claire’s blog. My publisher loved the concept.”

Available as an eBook from and, Two-Room Flat is expected to be published in traditional paperback form in the coming months. For more information about the novel and Urbach’s future books, visit,, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.


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