A CLAUSE FOR MURDER, Syntax Books, Mystery/Suspense, October 2010
Please tell us your latest news!
I am so excited to have A Clause For Murder available at long last. Besides advertising the mystery novel, I plan to do a Youtube video as well as hosting a number of events to support the book. We are booking radio shows now and plan to help the book in every way possible.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
At this point, no. I held this book back because I released two other romance novels earlier this year. Night Jazz, a new edition of my first time-travel romance novel. And the sequel, Night Glitter. And then I did a companion drink book called Nightcaps.
Because of this, A Clause for Murder waited in the wings. But I think it's such a fun ride with humor at the base of the murder mystery, that I'm delighted with the results.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Wow, that's a hard question to answer. I could list dozens. But I'm currently in love with Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovitch, and David Rollins, who also includes great humor in his suspense novels.
But my absolute favorite novel is Herman Wouk's Majorie Morningstar
Do you have a specific writing style?
I work very hard to write succinctly and keep the action going. I'm a fast read and my fans enjoy this about my books.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Although I also adore painting, cooking, traveling, and reading. I'm also hooked on a certain TV shows. And I adore movies, especially old ones.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I believe I had this in the back of my mind from an early age. But life intervened, and I wasn't able to do much because of financial pressures. However, every awful job and experience became food for thought when I began to write.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
You have to love the work and be prepared for difficulties and constant rejection. Even if most people love your writing, there will be someone who will give you an unpleasant review. Success can be illusive. But if you're passionate about your creations, you will at least enjoy the process. And the journey is extremely important.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is basically my husband and he is extremely supportive.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I worked at too many jobs to name. I worked for a US congressman in Washington on Capitol Hill. I sold the most expensive cars in the world. I sold insurance. I sold clothes. And every job has enriched my ability to write.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I do endless outlines. Many of these don't work. I also write loads of notes. I also write portions of my books and eventually the true book emerges.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
I love a good cup of coffee. Otherwise, I can work pretty much anywhere. But I do find that cold weather and dark skies inspire me to be more creative.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I write in bed on my laptop. I also adore going to coffee shops with my laptop.
What main genre do you write in?
Romance, Suspense / Mystery
Thanks, Jill Shure