June Gillam

Biography

June Gillam, poet and novelist, has taught writing and literature at San Joaquin Delta College since 1990. Author of House of Cuts and House of Dads, first in the Hillary Broome suspense novels, she is currently polishing House of Eire, set in Lodi and Ireland. Her Ph. D. dissertation was published as “Creating Juicy Tales: Cooperative Inquiry into Writing Stories” by Lambert Academic Publishing. Author of the chapbook So Sweet Against Your Teeth, Gillam’s “Shameless Hussy Looks Back” is scheduled to appear in the Winter 2015 issue of Peregrine, the literary journal of Amherst Writers & Artists. She’s enjoyed discussing all things writing as part of the Author’s Booth at the California State Fair since 2013. A member of Sisters in Crime and Gold Country Writers in Auburn, an affiliate of Placer Arts, June’s been dubbed “Book Mama,” to garner reviews for local authors. www.junegillam.com

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. Love this book for the aura, the dreamy tone of the setting that let's me feel as if I am there, down in the dangerous and sleepy South.

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. Again, love the setting of the historical WWI Europe and later. In both these books, we are in the point of view of a young woman, though in this one, also switches to the point of view of her old woman self and what she has learned.

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. Love this reality mixed with fantasy glimpse into how the mentally ill have been treated and how what looks utopia can be not what it seems.

Pet Semetary by Stephen King. Love all his books--this was my first horror book, read while in bed recovering from dental surgery so I was already in a horrible state!

Silence of the Lambs and the whole Dexter series. For the creative genius of the authors!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an iPhone and an iPad most of the time. Love that you can take notes about the books to print out later if needed. Read The Goldfinch like that on my iPad in Ireland summer 2014, to prepare for the first class in the Stanford online Novel Writing Certificate program.
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Where to find June Gillam online


Videos

Trailer for House of Cuts
What happens in small town Lodi when a superstore moves in and kills small shops? One butcher works to restore the old ways and must be stopped. Can Hillary Broome get the job done?

Books

House of Eire: A Hillary Broome Novel
Pre-release—available August 29, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
California writer Hillary Broome takes her family to Ireland on vacation for fun and to uncover more about her Irish roots, but upon arriving in Galway she becomes entangled with growing evidence of a cover up that could destroy a rich American developer’s theme park vision. Hillary digs up dark secrets buried as far back as the Potato Famine, secrets endangering people she loves the most.

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