1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in rural Washington State in beautiful country in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range. I think that’s where my imagination really developed. Our house was surrounded by forests where I played—I could be a princess in her kingdom, a scout charting new territory, a pioneer, a soldier or an outlaw, when my brother played along. I learned to do all sorts of things—riverboat, fish, swim, ride horses, herd cattle, handle a gun, hike, camp, ride dirt bikes, build a fire with a stick and how to track animals. It was the perfect background for an author, as it turns out. I grew up, went to college, moved to Seattle, worked in travel and then advertising before I sold my first book. Although I now live in a suburb, the early days of my life are the ones I draw on the most when I’m writing.
2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
So many books! My very favourites were the Little House series and Anne of Green Gables. I also adored the Hardy Boys.
3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
Romance, hands down. I love everything about it, especially since I think there’s nothing more important than love.
4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
Yes—Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her books have a sense of right and wrong, of morals and the importance of being a disciplined and a good-hearted person that always impressed me, even as a child, and helped shape the person I am today.
5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
When I was old enough to understand that books were written by people.
6. How did you go about becoming an author?
After I decided to try writing with the goal of publication, I did three things: I increased my daily reading time, I wrote every day and I didn’t give up. It took me six long years of submitting and being rejected. I had to figure out where my voice and stories naturally fit and once I did, I sold soon after. My first manuscript was accepted by Harlequin Historicals and published in 1998.
7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I love watching movies, knitting, going for walks and having good long talks with my friends.
9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I would like to visit Hawaii. Every time I’ve planned a trip, something has happened to intervene. I’m determined to put my feet on a Maui beach—one day! : ) (Jenny here I would love to be with you when you get to Maui thats one of my goals too. I loved Hawaii the whole 3 days I was there and vowed to return.)
10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Nora Roberts, because I would love to talk writing with her.
J.J. Abrams because I loved his Star Trek movie—and maybe he’d give me dish on the next one.
Rachael Ray, because I love her cooking shows and she looks like she would be fun to meet.
Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will
be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
I have a few books coming out this summer.
In May, I have a novella in the Harlequin Historical anthology Mail-Order Brides. It’s the final Brooks brothers story—older brother Gabe is about to be conveniently married.
My website is www.jillianhart.net/