Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Guest Blogger - Author Jill James

Please join me in welcoming Indie Author Jill James to Conversations today!  Jill is the author of Divorce, Interupted (love that title) and Someone to Trust.  Jill will be giving away a copy of book Divorce, Interupted, which is book 1 in the series, today to one lucky commenter.  So don't be shy.  Grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation!

Lisa

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Jill James BIO:

Jill has loved to write since she first began putting on puppet shows in her garage for a nickel a person. Her first love was poetry until she picked up her first romance novel, after that it was all romance. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She is a member of RWA since 2004 and a member of the From The Heart chapter, Black Diamond chapter, Kiss of Death chapter, and ESPAN chapter. She has been writing romance for a few years with a few poetry contest wins and a published short story, Lunch Break. When Jill isn’t writing you will find her reading, her other passion. She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is the inspiration for all her heroes. Her debut novel, Tempting Adam, released February 2011, from The Wild Rose Press. She has Indie published with Divorce, Interrupted. Book 1 of the Second Chances series.

WRITING A SERIES by JILL JAMES

A series is a set of interconnecting stories. They are usually connected by people, place, or things. Most writers go into a series with an idea of what will entwine the tales. Some use people, like sisters, brothers, or a family. Some use things, like a piece of jewelry or a music box. I’m not most writers; I didn’t start with a plan.


When I started writing Divorce, Interrupted it was not with the idea to do a series. But, as the story unfolded an idea started taking shape. The idea of second chances and of a place for that to happen developed; Lake Willowbee. By the time Divorce, Interrupted was almost finished I realized it was the start of a series.


All of a sudden it blossomed into a three book series. The story of Todd and Lisa Miller, a newly-divorced couple forced to work together to survive in freezing weather, a torrid flash flood, and their anger with each other the only warmth they have. The story of Evie Grimes, a former abused wife, happily single until hunky carpenter, Brady Jackson comes into her life, ready to do anything to protect the woman he loves. The story of wrongfully accused embezzler Megan Kirby, her husband who hasn’t been with her in three years, and their little girl who doesn’t know her mother at all.


In all the stories, the couples find their second chance at love, romance, and family at Lake Willowbee, California. I used Auburn, California as the basis of the fictional town and nearby lake. I loved the idea of a place having the power to heal and bring back feelings the couples thought were lost. I love the idea of Second Chances.


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22 comments:

Jill James said...

Lisa, thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog.

Dr. Debra Holland said...

Jill,

Your series sounds wonderful.

I love writing series. It seems like my stories just seem to morph into series or trilogies. Readers love series too. Once I self-published the third book in my sweet historical Western romance series, all the books (already good sellers) took off.

cyndifaria said...

Looking forward to reading your series, Jill! Cyndi Faria

Karen Cote said...

Sounds like an absolutely fabulous read! There is certainly a large audience who would be drawn to this type of story. Almost a demand, I would think. Thank you so much and congrats on the series.

Margery Scott said...

Love the idea of your new series, Jill. I, too, have a series in the works, but I'm planning mine :)

Anna Markland said...

Read this with great interest. I too didn't start out to write a series, but once I got going with the Montbryce family it just evolved. I think readers like to read series. They become familiar with the characters and like to see them resurface. They feel they already know them?
I've just published the fourth book of the trilogy, which makes it a series!

Lee Lopez said...

This is a wonderful series, that not only is connected by the scenery of a lake, but by the uniqueness of the stories. A divorced couple, a abused woman and then a woman convicted of embezzlement. How different is all that in a series?

Cora Blu said...

What a cool title for something that happens more than people know.
I hope you have many sales.

Cora Blu

R. Ann Siracusa said...

I believe you get a different sort of series if you start out with the intention of writing one vs. when it "just happens." Both approaches work.

Jill James said...

Debra, thanks for stopping by. I had never planned or written a series before. It just kind of fell into place.

Jill James said...

Cynthia, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy my books!

Jill James said...

Karen, thanks for the congrats. The series is taking off faster than my wildest dreams.

Jill James said...

Margery, there are days I wished I had planned mine better then I could have sprinkled more people in between the 3 books.

Jill James said...

Anna, thanks for stopping by. I'm on the lookout for that Montbryce series.

Jill James said...

Lee, thanks for stopping by. You are my biggest cheerleader. Love ya.

Jill James said...

Cora, thanks. It took a long time to come up with Divorce, Interrupted. LOL

Jill James said...

Ann, so true. It would have been three different stories if I had started out with a series in mind.

Lisa Mondello said...

Wow, I went away for a few hours and things just exploded here. Great post, Jill, and I loved having you as guest blogger. I love series books as well. I've been known to finish book 2 at 2AM and immediately picked up book 3 and started reading.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Hey Jill! I enjoyed Divorce, Interrupted and am looking forward to this next book. :)

Lisa Mondello said...

Congratulations to Lee Lopez who is the winner of Jill James contest. You will receive a copy of Divorce, Interupted. Please contact Jill directly at Jill@JillJameswrites.com

Thank you all for stopping by!

Jill James said...

Lisa, again, thank you for having me at your blog. I had a great time.

Livia Quinn said...

All the best with the series, Jill. I just about don't read a book unless their connected anymore.

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