Jill Nojack is a writer, musician and artist. Prior to the independent publication of her Fae Unbound series, she published several short works (stories and poetry) in traditional small press. When she isn’t exploring her creative side, Jill enjoys laughing too loud and long in public, long bike rides, geeking out about the latest technolocial advance, and talking about herself in third person. She resides in the great American Midwest with a long-suffering cat.
What inspires you to write?
I have one heck of an active imagination. Anything (by which I mean everything) can potentially launch me into a world of magic or adventure. This was a problem when I was in high school. It can still be a problem during staff meetings, but I’ve gotten better at the sure-I’m-listening face when I’m tearing across Scotland in my mind.
So anything can be inspirational–the nightly news, something my best friend’s eight year old said, or even my cat glaring at me in the morning before I feed her.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an outliner. Before I start a book, I have all the chapters and scene outlined in yWriter software. This keeps me focused so that I can blast through the actual writing without going back over and over to edit or adjust if things take a different turned than I’d originally imagined. I have to know the beginning and the end, but I may add additional threads of storyline in the middle if they fit with what is already there.
However, before I ever got to that outline, I set out the basic want of each of the main characters and what will happen in the story that will be a barrier to what they want. This helps to guide the plot in the middle of the story.
The final thing I do before I start writing is to record the characters names, physical characteristics, and two or three personality traits so that as I develop the character through the story, I am staying consistent with who that person is.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t really interact with my characters as me, but I do have a tendency to talk out loud for the characters (including voices and accents) as I write them. I am a very auditory person and it helps me to really get a feel for how the characters are interacting.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you want to write, not what you think you should write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Many years ago, I pursued traditional publication and had some limited success with poetry and short stories under a previous name. However, I wanted to see my work in print and didn’t care whether or not the establishment validated it. I loved writing it, and many of the readers who have read my work have enjoyed it. For me, self-publishing is the way to go.
For me, it’s a choice based on temperment and personality. I want to see my book in print as soon as it’s ready to go! I don’t want to submit it somewhere and wait for a response.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ya got me. It will be much different than it is now. However, I think it’s too early to call what publishing will look like five years from now, much less twenty years from now.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy / Adventure : Paranormal (Young Adult and Adult Genres)
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print