Interview with Jill Province

What inspires you to write?
Literary justice. There is no other place where the little guy wins - every time. Writing gives one the freedom to spin outrageous threads that appear to be entirely unrelated, making them magically come together in the end. My characters live in a world where justice prevails, and the reader gets to have the time of their lives watching it happen.
Tell us about your writing process.
An interesting event occurs in my life and the story begins to develop in my mind. I usually know how it will end, but rarely know how it will get there. The characters take on a life of their own, pushing and influencing me to bend to their will. I am sometimes surprised at the things they do. I am always proud of their ingenuity and courage.
Do you listen to, or talk to your characters?
At some point, the characters are no longer two dimensional snippets of my imagination. They really do come to life and force their way through the story. I guess it is important for them to appear real to me - otherwise, how could I expect them to appear real to the reader?
What advise would you give other writers?
Keep pushing. Don't let rejections and insensitive reviews take you down. My favorite example is the Stephen King story. Long after his fame, he submitted a book to a publisher under another name. It was rejected. Although it is important to realize that the first thing you write will not be your best work and your style needs to improve with experience - getting published is not always synonymous with good writing. The market is flooded now, and being an independent is sometimes frustrating. But don't ever give up.
How did you decide to publish your books?
I'm not Stephen King or John Grisham. I went with a vanity press and they were the only ones making anything when an occasional book sold. I realized that I could do this myself. After going on my own, there have been over 10,000 books obtained by readers. Yes - I said obtained. There has been a lot of free promotion, but it is a process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think many will find the benefit of eliminating the middle men. I also think that the ease at which anyone can self publish means that there will be a lot of bad writing out there, and it does muddy the waters for other works that deserve more attention. So this process will be a growing challenge.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to access so many book store sites without the added stress. It has been a great time saver, and a very user friendly site.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Robin Cook, Stephen White, and all of the great medical, legal and psychological thriller creators of our time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I live in the most beautiful part of North Carolina. If you can't find a purpose here - you're dead.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was terrible. 15 years later, a much better version is available; Murder in Woodbury.
What is the biggest challenge for independent writers?
We love to write. Most of us are marketing morons - well, at least I am. Learning marketing strategies and social media is daunting, but unfortunately - very necessary. So, learning to be our own PR guy is the way of the future
Published 2016-04-16.
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Books by This Author

Murder In Woodbury, A Duty to Warn & Silent Plight
Price: Free! Words: 22,460. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Murder In Woodbury -In the small, idealic town of Woodbury a psychotic killer runs free, while his family and police do nothing. It was a murder that could have been prevented, if only... Silent Plight - Morgan Foster learns that living your fantasy life sometimes comes with a price.
Silent Epidemic (Book 1 - Carol Freeman Series)
Price: Free! Words: 125,810. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Dominex Pharmaceuticals must get their new drug on the market, or the company will go under. Pay offs for quick approvals won’t work this time – the new gatekeeper at the FDA plays by the book. To maneuver around this new obstacle, the company orchestrates a creatively deceptive plan, using 500 study volunteers towards a deadly result. Silent Epidemic reveals the worlds best kept secret.