Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill G. Hall.
Hi Jill, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I didn’t set out to write dual-timeline novels. They chose me. After leaving a twenty-year career as an educator I thought perhaps I’d write children’s books or maybe a memoir about teaching in inner-city classroom, but that’s not what happened at all. I began to attend a weekly drop-in group that offered prompts with timed sessions.
Writing in community taught me how to stay seated, keep my pen going and write from the heart. Soon characters began to appear on the page as if from nowhere. They were from the past and the present unrelated to anyone I’d ever known. They continued to show up week after week, time and again, guiding me to tell their stories. These were all seeds for my novel chapters.
For many years, I’ve been a mosaic artist using found objects. I’d go on the hunt at yard sales, thrift shops and antique malls for treasures. My favorites were pieces from the past. I also discovered unique accessories and clothing to add to my wardrobe. Anne, a contemporary San Francisco based artist is the main character in all three of my novels. Like me, she searches for vintage finds. The historical stories revolve around the first owner of the clothing Anne treasures. The Black Velvet Coat, my first book, reveals a 1960s story, while The Silver Shoes takes the reader to the late 1920’s and the beginning of the Great Depression. My latest book The Green Lace Corset, links Anne to a woman in 1885. Kidnapped by a bank robber, the heroine ends up in the wild west of Arizona’s northern territory.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My third novel The Green Lace Corset was released in October when the pandemic was raging and my live launch celebrations were canceled or transitioned to online platforms. They certainly were not as much fun or fulfilling as in person events but I forged on. Like many of us, the learning curve was steep and I had to quickly learn how to use Zoom and Facebook live.
One of my favorite things about being an author is to meet with readers. I’m glad I’m being contacted again to do more in person bookclubs, readings, and community events. However, I’m also grateful now as a Zoom Queen I can interact with readers from around the world.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Now that I have three novels out with the same main character, it’s considered a series. Not only have the individual books become bestsellers and award-winning but also the entire Anne McFarland Series has recently won several book awards. This makes me so happy!
I write a blog called Crealivity, the art of practicing a creative lifestyle. On it I share personal musings about my creative path, post my poetry and mini memoirs. I encourage others to comment and join the conversation about their own experiences finding and following their creative paths.
I believe everyone has the potential to be creative and like to help others tap into finding theirs. I teach workshops for San Diego Writers, Ink including Tuesday Brown Bag a drop in group that is for authors at all levels and genres.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
This is a great time to be an author because there are so many different ways to get our work out into the world. Indie publishing opportunities will continue to grow and expand. Online ways to share are becoming more available also.
I’m grateful my favorite local independent bookstores, such as Warwick’s and La Playa Books, made it through the worst of the pandemic. As things open up, I’m confident they’ll continue to thrive and be able to support more local authors and readers. Libraries are shifting as well and will expand their offerings as not just a place to check out books but also neighborhood hubs for community gatherings. Besides San Diego Writers, Ink in The Arts District at Liberty Station there will also be an abundance of art course offerings, galleries and museums.
- The Black Velvet Coat $16.95
- The Silver Shoes $16.95
- The Green Lace Corset $16.95
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.jillghall.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillg.hall/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JillGHallAuthor/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrjM2meY1LF6Q7xO6dZjuRg