Jill Bartelt


Jill Bartelt is a writer, educator, traveler, and photographer. She has a BA in French and History from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) and an MA in French Literature from the University of Iowa. "The Trojan Peace: First Light" and "The Trojan Peace: Half-Light" are her first two books.

Jill lives in rural Illinois with her husband, Marc Nelson, and their dog, Luke.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I'm most drawn to books with strong and memorable characters that I keep thinking about even after I set the book down. Some long-time favorites are "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger; "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand; the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco; "La Guerre, yes sir!" by Roch Carrier, and "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. If a book can make me laugh, I appreciate it all the more. I don't read much straight-up humor writing, but I like when even the most serious work has moments of humor or wryness. That's how life is. I also love reading nonfiction, in particular about nature or travel. My current books are "The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light" by Paul Bogard and "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate" by Naomi Klein. Works in translation fascinate me, too--I began reading Harry Potter in French rather than English and have since read all of the books in both languages. It's been fun to compare how certain words, phrases, concepts, and even names change from one language to the other. Some of the plays on words don't translate easily, while others are improved--translating the Sorting Hat as the Choixpeau was a stroke of genius! One note on reading in general--every time I read a book, an article, or whatever, I find something to help my own writing, no matter how different the styles or subject matter.
What's your writing process? Do you outline?
No. I probably should. My writing process is a jumble. I start wherever I feel moved to start, often somewhere in the middle of the story, and fill in the details and connections later. One difficulty this method poses is tracing changes. If I change something late in the story, it has a ripple effect in the beginning (and vice versa). I do much of my composing on the computer, but often thoughts will come to me when I have no computer access, so I'll jot them down on anything available--cereal boxes, old envelopes, my hand. In life, I'm a vegetarian; in writing I'm an omnivore. A scavenger. Some of my best ideas on wording or connections have come to me while I'm walking and have nothing to write with, so I turn them into songs to memorize them until I can write them down. Also, I'm always on the lookout for anything--some stylistic device, some tidbit of knowledge--that might inform my writing.
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Where to find Jill Bartelt online


The Trojan Peace: Half-Light
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 190,940. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » General
This is the companion novel and conclusion to "The Trojan Peace: First Light." Andromache is a very different person than she was when she first came to Troy. Her life is full and happy. But as her connection to Hector deepens, and as the clouds of war gather on the horizon, she finds her peace threatened on all sides. Still, she must somehow find the courage to live, to love...and to laugh.
The Trojan Peace: First Light
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 179,410. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » General
High in the citadel of wind-swept Troy, Andromache finds herself on the brink of a nightmare…or perhaps at the dawn of a new life. A traumatized refugee, alone in the world, she must face many fears when she is brought to the home of a leading Trojan family: Hecuba, Priam, Cassandra, Paris, and Hector. This novel is set in the ancient world and is inspired by the legends of the Trojan War.

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