Name: Jill Steeples
Hometown: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK
Based: Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, UK (I haven’t moved very far!)
Briefly: I’ve had over 150 short stories published in magazines around the world. My stories have also appeared in a number of anthologies. My first novel Desperately Seeking Heaven was published this year by Carina UK (a digital imprint from Harlequin).
Favorite Read: The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien.
Pet Peeves: People who don’t return their trolleys to the bays at the supermarket and leave them obstructing the car park. Tut tut..
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…running my own small business. I’d love a crafts and tea shop.
What You Have Lined Up Next: My second novel Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off is due for publication in January 2014. It’s about a girl who, in a moment of madness, reads her best-friend’s diary and what she uncovers changes her life forever.
Did you make a conscious decision to become a writer?
Yes, I was approaching a significant birthday and that galvanized me into signing up for a creative writing course. I’d been thinking about it for years and dabbling in writing, but not getting very far. It was the best decision I made as my tutor suggested I started writing short stories. It’s a great discipline and when I started selling my stories it gave me the confidence to start taking my writing seriously.
How did you get the inspiration for Desperately Seeking Heaven?
I had an image in my mind of two teenagers coming across a car crash scene and a man, a famous celebrity, emerging from the wreckage. It changed quite a bit from that initial idea, but that was the spark that set the story in action.
Did you find yourself struggling when you were writing it?
The first draft came very easily, but Continue reading