Hello, blogosphere friends! Today I bring you a fun interview with a fantastic up-and-coming writer. Jill Wheeler is represented by Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary.
Hi, Jill! Tell us a bit about yourself.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for a while. I kept journals and wrote poetry in high school, produced several zines in college, and started writing novels about three years ago.
What is the name and genre of your novel?
SLIDE is a YA novel.
Here’s the part where you pitch it. What’s your story about?
Sylvia Bell is used to sliding into other people, but when she slides into the body of a killer standing over a dead cheerleader, she’s beyond freaked.
Whoa! Okay, I've GOT to read this. How did the idea of the story come to you?
Last year I was bouncing ideas off my colleague, and we just thought that scenario sounded really crazy. Like something we’d want to read.
Definitely does! Tell us about Sarah Davies at Greenhouse.
Mmm, cake! LOL. But seriously, she sounds awesome! Besides your agent, do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you do most of your editing yourself?
Shout out to my mom. And Sara Raasch, Shayda Bakhshi, Megan Miranda, Susanne Winnacker, Amber Johnston, Rebecca Rogers, Stephanie Kuehn, and Kate Walton. If I’ve forgotten you, I’m sorry!
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Revising. Oh, revising, how I hate thee. (Unless you’re Sarah, and then I totally love revising!) I used to think revising was just printing the darn manuscript off and crossing out a few paragraphs and moving a few commas around. Sarah has taught me how to really revise. And it can be PAINFUL. But, really, it is so rewarding. Kind of like exercise.
Wow, great comparison. Any tips you’ve learned about writing you’d like to share?
I subscribe to Stephen King’s idea of the sweetheart reader. My mom is definitely my sweetheart reader. She reads without judgment and tells me the things she loves and doesn’t tear it apart too much. Once I’ve finished the rough draft and gotten some distance, then I invite in the hardcore betas. And Sarah.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Most importantly, my daughter has to be asleep or in a different room.
That helps, yeah. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I wish I could write like Jandy Nelson, the author of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. It’s like poetry shines from her fingertips and into the computer. It’s magic. THAT is a super power.
On Spaghetti Wednesday, I designated my best friend to oversee the prevention of tomato sauce in the region of my Super Cute top.
Excellent sentence! Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Who would you like to give a shout out to?
Ooh, I kind of did this with the beta readers question. Well, all the people I said before, plus my husband and my baby. And the Pepsi company, of course.
That's okay. I'm sure there can't be enough appreciation in the world. And finally, where can people find you online?
E-mail: jillewheeler (at) hotmail.com
Jill, thank you so much for letting us get to know you and your book. Please let us know when it's available! I wish you lots of success.