Jill is an international educator, travel writer, amateur photographer, and author of three travel memoirs, who writes about her experiences living and working in schools and countries around the world. She presently lives in her seventh country, Honduras, with her husband, and Yorkie-Poo, Mickey. While working as an elementary principal, Jill continues to read, write and take photos of the beautiful people and countries of Latin America, while muddling her way through the Spanish language. Jill loves her life as an international educator and obsessive traveler, and most days, feels like she is living her dream.
What inspires you to write?
I am an international educator and I write about the places that I live and work in. The schools I work at, the culture of the country, the students I work with, and the people I meet have inspired me to write my travel memoirs.
Tell us about your writing process.
I keep journals and diaries of my experiences abroad. I write down what I see and hear, along with my thoughts. I usually go by years and when I'm ready to write I go through my journals and write about the most interesting aspects, and what I think readers will want to read about.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have no favorite authors in particular, but I enjoy reading other travel memoirs. I especially look for non-fiction books set in Afghanistan, Egypt, and African countries. I am drawn to books about courageous women who grow up or live in difficult areas of the world, but do what they can to try to make their lives, and other women's lives, better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my first travel memoir with a hybrid publisher. For the money I paid the publisher, I never thought that I got enough out of it. I decided to self-publish my last two books and loved the experience of being involved, start to finish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope that self-publishing continues to grow and more authors start to use it. I also hope that more bookstores, especially the large ones, will see that self-published books are just as good as traditionally published books and should be shelved right alongside them.
What genres do you write?
travel, non-fiction, education
What formats are your books in?
All information is provided by the author and is presented as it was submitted so you the reader get to hear the author’s own “voice” in their interview.