INSIDE THE WRITERS MIND- Jan Hill
Jan Hill has been one of our many great authors from the beginning. Her writing is exquisite and follows all of our main values. We interviewed Jan to get an up close and real understanding on how she has become the writer she is today. Her most popular series currently is the Brylee Hawkins Saga and she is working on releasing another series within the next year. You can buy her books through Amazon or through the online bookshop www.booksyoucantrust.com
Which writers inspire you?
I’ve had two favorite writers my entire life. I came to love their style and voice when I very young. They wrote in first person, giving me a real glimpse into the heart of the main character so I could relate.
Victoria Holt, whose real name was Eleanor Hibbert, is my all time favorite. She makes her readers feel the importance of really caring about someone else even if they are difficult to understand or sometimes just unlovable.
My second favorite author is Phyllis Whitney. She wrote mysteries that made me think. I was always eager to try to guess who the villain was because there was always some twist.
What genre are your books?
I’ve given that a lot of thought and have never felt that my work fits into one specified category, so I made up my own. I call them Romantic, Family Adventures. The trick is to mingle all three elements together so the stories become more real.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I didn’t decide. It found me at various times in my life when I needed it most to survive, but the gift came through my maternal grandmother, Viola Ririe. I went to live with her for several months. She was a writer and was always scribbling words on any scrap of paper she could find. I didn’t understand what she was doing since I was only five, but the stories she told would keep me mesmerized for hours. I wanted to be just like her because of the comfort and support she gave me, but by the time I was fifteen and had written my first full-length novel I knew it was all I wanted to do.
How do my ideas come – outline or floating thought?
I never know what I’m going to write when I sit down at the computer, so it’s hard to say where the ideas really come from. They just seem to flow from within, almost as if my characters are friends who are just waiting for me to give them voice. They dictate their own stories and I’m amazed at where their journeys take them.
Why do I write?
I write because I have to. There’s just something inside of me that has to come out. But over the years I’ve discovered that I actually have something to say. I want people to know that I have a strong desire to live righteously, love wholeheartedly and share what I know with others because it is the only way to find peace in a world filled with chaos.