Goodmorning/afternoon/evening all! I did initially plan to post it up before, but then realised…it’s CHRISTMAS!! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and received LOADS of presents! But now I’ve literally realised that it is going to be 2018 in 4 hrs! So for that…..HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
So to start off the new year, I’ve got a super cool interview with the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, the lovely Jill Sanders. For an author who has written numerous series of books, including the Pride series and Lucky series, then touching Paranormal Romance to create the Entangled series, I was lucky enough for her to spend her time answering my questions! What’s more is that she has completed NINE series!!! (Trust me, I use exclamation marks for a reason). Now that is an achievement.
As always, enjoy!!
Why did you become a writer? Was there an event/inspirational figure or ambition that pushed you in that direction?
I started my addiction to reading when I was around fifteen and my mother tossed out our only working TV and drove us to the library. From then on, I wanted to write. Unfortunately, life got in the way. It wasn’t until 2000 that I sat down and started my first book when we owned our own Skate/Snowboard shop in Colorado. I had a lot of free time and decided to go for my dreams. Ten years later, I published Finding Pride.
Why did you choose this genre – what was most appealing about it and most difficult?
Contemporary romance and romantic suspense have always been my favourite. I love branching out to all genre’s in romance. The most difficult series I’ve written has to be my Paranormal Romance Series, The Entangled Series. Getting the story spooky and intriguing enough was something I wanted to work extra hard on.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading your book?
My first goal in writing a story is to create characters that readers will fall in love with.
I love helping people escape their everyday lives and fill them with happiness, joy, fear, and of course love.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I made a schedule for myself a few years back. I work 6 days a week for anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Otherwise, I would always be in front of my computer writing.
If you were to choose a favourite that book you have written, which would it be?
I would have to say, my first book, Finding Pride. It holds a special place in my heart and is by far the book that has spent more time in my mind and heart than any of the others.
What is your favourite book you have read and do you have a favourite author?
My all-time favourite is Gone with the Wind. As for my favourite author, I’ll quote this one… “I could no sooner choose a favourite star in the heavens.”
Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
The hardest part of being an author is writing, it’s also the best part of it.
Forcing yourself to stare at a blank screen is never the answer. Get out, walk, talk, or just watch life around you. Inspiration will strike you anywhere. If you have a story that consumes you, write it down. Doubt is the only thing holding most of us back.
Colour, flower, food…need to ask them!
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite flower: Roses
Favourite food: Mac & Cheese
Favourite day: Any I can get to the beach
If you were to create your own Fantasy World, how would you describe it?
To answer this, simply go and download The Scholar, book one in my fantasy trilogy I co-authored with my twin sister.
The Genoa Chronicles. http://JJAnders.com
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to do what I love and hearing how much readers enjoy my stories.
Do you have a personal motto?
Be the best you, you can be.
Jill has a new book soon to be released, High Tide, so be prepared all: http://jillsanders.com/high-tide/
For more info, check out her site here: http://www.jillsanders.com/
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