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'When I'm Not Writing' — guest post with author Jill Alexander (giveaway CLOSED)

Today I have author Jill Alexander to share with all of you! She is the author of Paradise which I reviewed yesterday, (click to read) as well as The Sweetheart of Prosper County (stay tuned for after the post for the giveaway!)

Jill is here today answering sharing what she does when she's not reading and she's amazing folks. So give her some love and welcome, and see what she has to say to us.

“When I’m Not Writing”

There’s a passage in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, a description of Dill, to which I’ve always identified: “Beautiful things floated around in his dreamy head. He could read two books to my one, but he preferred the magic of his own inventions. He could add and subtract faster than lightening, but he preferred his own twilight world, a world where babies slept, waiting to be gathered like morning lilies.”

I think Dill’s “babies” were the stories swirling in his mind. Like Dill, I drift off in stories. I’m writing – with pen or without. I cannot remember a time in my life when I was not creating. In all facets of my life – teaching English, road-tripping with my husband and son, driving backcountry roads with Kings of Leon blaring, stories find me.

In my novel, Paradise, the narrator Paisley cannot separate herself from her passion for drumming. She says, “Sometimes when I played, I got the urge to tear it up, just pound away like I was running across the pasture racing for home. But at the moment, like a kid swinging on a summer afternoon, I closed my eyes and rode the rhythm.” The beat of the drums is ever present in her daily life, her activities. It is her heartbeat. She’s always drumming.
Truth is, I’m always writing.

Thank you so much for sharing that Jill! I, for one, am glad that you are always writing!

Jill has been generous enough to offer one signed copy of The Sweetheart of Prosper County to one of my readers! To enter:


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*Edit: Sorry! Forgot to mention — Giveaway will close at the end of July 15th. Winner will be emailed and given 48 hours to respond.