- Jilly: Taking A Breakby Jilly Wood on April 18, 2021 at 5:00 am
Are you looking forward to the summer? Feeling ready for a break? Me, too. Apart from essential trips to the dentist and doctor, one decadent haircut last October, and daily sanity-maintaining walks with Mr. W, I haven’t left home since mid-March 2020. I haven’t even taken the tube into town, except for one unavoidable hospital
- Jilly: Easter Eggs!by Jilly Wood on April 4, 2021 at 5:00 am
Happy Easter, if you’re celebrating today! Do you enjoy Easter eggs? Story ones, not the chocolate sort 😉 . In this context, an Easter egg is a bonus nugget—an object, action, character, or phrase—that isn’t critical to the story and may be overlooked by many readers or viewers but which is somehow significant and provides
- Jilly: One For The Diaryby Jilly Wood on March 28, 2021 at 5:00 am
This week marked the one-year anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown. In late February 2020 Mr W. and I had lunch in a crowded London restaurant with a bunch of friends, celebrating a landmark birthday without a care in the world. A month later we couldn’t set foot outside our home at all without
- Jilly: Virtual Vacay–My Father’s Islandby Jilly Wood on March 21, 2021 at 5:00 am
Do you like to travel? As a child I dreamed of exploring the world, and as an adult I’ve been lucky enough to visit some spectacular places. I’m glad I didn’t wait until I retired. Right now, thanks to covid, we aren’t even allowed a day trip to Brighton. I know it’s not the worst
- Jilly: Does Age Matter?by Jilly Wood on March 14, 2021 at 5:00 am
Would you choose a book because the main character is a certain age? I’ve mentioned before that I read and enjoyed KF Breene’s Magical Midlife Madness, the first book in her Leveling Up series. I’ve since learned that the series is part of a new and fast-growing subgenre—paranormal fiction for women of 40 and over,
- Jilly: Scrappy Underdog v Flawless Beautyby Jilly Wood on March 7, 2021 at 5:00 am
How do you like your heroines? Scrappy or stunning? Do you care? A couple of weeks ago I re-read Ilona Andrews’ Blood Heir. The book was indie published in January and became an immediate bestseller. It has nearly six thousand ratings on the US Amazon site, almost all five stars. I’d been counting the days
- Jilly: Homes With Characterby Jilly Wood on February 28, 2021 at 5:00 am
Would you read a book that had a house or piece of land as an important character? Long ago, in class, we discussed the role of the antagonist, aka the Bad Guy or Girl. We learned that a strong, smart, all-powerful opponent makes for great genre fiction, because their actions will push the heroine to
- Jilly: Searching For A Cozy Nicheby Jilly Wood on February 21, 2021 at 5:00 am
How easily do you find the kind of books you like to read? I love character driven stories—heroines and heroes with clear, strong goals. I like romantic elements but I want an engaging external plot as well as true love. I prefer historical, paranormal or fantastic settings. Adventures and quests are good. And there must
- Jilly: Secret Declarationsby Jilly Wood on February 14, 2021 at 5:00 am
Happy Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate the occasion! Chez Jilly, 14th February falls between our wedding anniversary (flowers, champagne) and Mr. W’s birthday (cake, treats) so we don’t make much of it. I enjoy all the online hoopla, though. It takes me back to my teens, when receiving a valentine card brought major bragging rights
- Jilly: I Want That!by Jilly Wood on February 7, 2021 at 5:00 am
Did you ever see, read, or hear about something and immediately think I want that for myself? It happened to me this week. Writing fiction is, for me, a joy and a privilege. I feel very lucky to have the resources to pursue my passion, and the time to build a successful indie author business
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