Interview with Janna Hill

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Texas. I'm not sure how it influenced my writing other than the twang and slang that spills onto the pages. I believe the people around me, family, friends and coworkers definitely influenced the characters that I write about but [I think] that influence could be found anywhere in the world as part of the human condition.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That depends on the season, the weather and my mood. I believe family comes first but since it's only me and the mister at home now I spend my spare time meandering outdoors, grooming the dogs, playing some silly game on my iPad and taking photos, I also like to blog and share photographs over at WordPress.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them there would be no reason to publish. I merely breathe life in to the stories, they are the heart that keeps them alive.
Describe your desk
Organized clutter. A sharp pencil and a spiral notebook to my right with a dozen pink, blue and yellow post-its covering the pages - on top of them are four pairs of reading glasses. To my left there is a cordless phone, a jar of pens and a set of headphones. In front of me there is a calendar and a cup of cold coffee.
When did you first start writing?
When I learned that the letters in the alphabet could be connected to form words.
What are you working on next?
I have actually drafted a couple of short stories and one novel/novella but there are at least a dozen ideas constantly going on inside my head.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually look for something related to the story, a picture of what I imagine a character or scene should look like. Covers tend to change fairly often because they are never good enough. I tend to avoid glossy romanticized covers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fear of bedsores. [laughing] Honestly I believe each day is a new beginning, another chance to make a difference, a new adventure. Well that and the smell of coffee.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I think they are all great, it's a matter of taste and budget but to answer the question I'm currently in love with my ipad and the look and feel of ibooks.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords saves me a lot (and I mean a lot) of time by getting my books to different retailers. Once it goes through the meta-grinder and passes the premium review I move on to other projects.
Published 2015-11-05.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Cloud Wrangler
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,760. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Have you ever wondered what is on the other side of a dream, if angels are real or what a rainbow looks like up close? Cecilia knows.
Smoke Free
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Irwin Smutter is an outcast, a socially unacceptable, nasty cigarette smoker. Irwin seeks out a cessation expert, a dispassionate hypnotist who cures him while revealing cigarettes are the least of his problems.
A Hard Candy Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
After a holiday wrought with tragedy, Kathy finds herself desperate, crippled and depressed with only her old companion, Strudel, to see her through.
Roses From Ishmael
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Roses From Ishmael is a short thriller by Janna Hill. The story of a man in love, a grief stricken man who finds himself feeling alone in a place he once called home.
The Perpetual Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,460. Language: American English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The Perpetual Series combines two former singles known as Perpetual Darkness and Perpetual Spring. Perpetual Darkness is his side of the story. “He merely followed his instinct, not giving any thought as to why he watched her.” Perpetual Spring is told from her point of view. “Some might consider him a stalker but she preferred to think of him as a guardian of sorts.”
Espionage (A juvenile short story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A short story centered on five juveniles. Chris, Matt, Tony, Jesse and Sam who entertain themselves as amateur agents in a game of espionage.
The Peach Orchard Ogre
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Mr. Blymer is the proud owner of a luscious peach orchard but he's also a greedy cantankerous sort. A humorous colloquial short story for all ages told by an East Texas author.
Zomb Valley
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Dissension is brewing between the clans in Zomb Valley. The Dactyla’s, a once peaceful herd of mystical herbivores are willing to starve in order to break the curse. On the other hand the Polycerate clan is willing to kill in order to keep the curse alive.
Short Stories & Such
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,830. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Short Stories & Such is just that; an anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poetry combining popular titles by Janna Hill. Bonus: New releases along with expanded versions of the originals.
The Unsanctioned Biography of a Man Without Arms
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A short fictional biography based on the true accounts of a man, his sexuality and his unrelenting feelings of helplessness.
Door Number Four
Series: Short Stories & Such, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: American English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Young Donald could not explain the allure of Door Number Four and despite all efforts he couldn't resist her either.
Perpetual Spring
Series: The Perpetual Shorts, Book 2 · Short Stories & Such, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Perpetual Spring is the second part in this short story series and told from the female's perspective.This is her side of the story.
Perpetual Darkness
Series: The Perpetual Shorts, Book 1 · Short Stories & Such, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Perpetual Darkness is the first part in this short story series and told from the male's perspective. This is his side of the story.
Once Upon a Dead Gull
Series: Short Stories & Such, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Everyone dies. It's the morbid curiosity of when and how that makes horror so enticing.