About Jill Province:
Jill Province is the creator of Carol Freeman’s adventures. In all three novels, she draws on her extensive experience in the mental health field, to create exciting journeys. Born in New York, she attended the University of Miami, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in music and continued on for a master’s degree in psychology. She has focused her life on understanding the strange phenomenon of the human psyche.
What inspires you to write?
Literary justice. There is no other place where the little guy wins – every time. Writing gives one the freedom to spin outrageous threads that appear to be entirely unrelated, making them magically come together in the end. My characters live in a world where justice prevails, and the reader gets to have the time of their lives watching it happen.
Tell us about your writing process.
An interesting event occurs in my life and the story begins to develop in my mind. I usually know how it will end, but rarely know how it will get there. The characters take on a life of their own, pushing and influencing me to bend to their will. I am sometimes surprised at the things they do. I am always proud of their ingenuity and courage.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
At some point, the characters are no longer two dimensional snippets of my imagination. They really do come to life and force their way through the story. I guess it is important for them to appear real to me – otherwise, how could I expect them to appear real to the reader?
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep pushing. Don’t let rejections and insensitive reviews take you down. My favorite example is the Stephen King story. Long after his fame, he submitted a book to a publisher under another name. It was rejected. Although it is important to realize that the first thing you write will not be your best work and your style needs to improve with experience – getting published is not always synonymous with good writing. The market is flooded now, and being an independent is sometimes frustrating. But don’t ever give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m not Stephen King or John Grisham. I went with a vanity press and they were the only ones making anything when an occasional book sold. I realized that I could do this myself. After one year, there have been approximately 10,000 books obtained by readers. Yes – I said obtained. There has been a lot of free promotion, but it is a process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think many will find the benefit of eliminating the middle men. I also think that the ease at which anyone can self publish means that there will be a lot of bad writing out there, and it does muddy the waters for other works that deserve more attention. So this process will be a growing challenge.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Psycholocgal, medical and legal thrillers
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print