About Jill Piscitello:
Jill Piscitello is a teacher, author, and an avid fan of multiple literary genres. Although she divides her reading hours among several books at a time, a lighthearted story offering an escape from the real world can always be found on her nightstand.
A native of New England, Jill lives with her family and three well-loved cats. When not planning lessons or reading and writing, she can be found spending time with her family, trying out new restaurants, traveling, and going on light hikes.
What inspires you to write?
Events and places provide an endless source of story ideas. I like to follow the path of "what if" and see where the story leads.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
The list is endless.
Tell us about your writing process.
In the early stages of writing, I like to get down all of my ideas – sometimes on good old-fashioned notebook paper. The next step is drafting an outline. I prefer to plan on paper and then type a clean copy. Character sketches are drafted early on, but tweaking is needed from start to finish as characters grow.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters internal thoughts and interactions with each other.
What advice would you give other writers?
Sometimes, life gets in the way of writing. My first novel took ten years to finish. But the key word is "finish". One year after publication, a novella is scheduled for release this month, and a cozy mystery manuscript is complete. That first novel sparked the drive to see each story to the end.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to work with a publisher. The query process is trial and error, but worth it for me. I appreciate having an editor to work with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I suspect that an increasing number of authors may work with small publishers as they seek more personalization and a supportive fellow author community. Self-published authors seem to also be a growing trend.
What genres do you write?: Romance, cozy mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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