I did an interview with Jill Sheets recently for The Prince of All Media and wanted to return the favor. I think you’ll have a blast getting to know her. Like many writers, Jill writes and takes jobs while also managing her health. So many writers are in this same position. Writing is a blessing to those with health issues.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a mother of a nine-year-old daughter. I am happily married. I volunteer for a radio station, KOPN, in Columbia, Mo. I am also a columnist for The Prince of All Media. Oh yeah. I love to interview people.
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Wanting to be a writer kind of just sneaked up on me, so I was late on my start. I started writing poetry around 9 years old. It was a great outlet for what I was going through and my emotions. At 10, I was trying to write “romance” stories. Then in high school I started writing a story about my childhood, and wrote a children’s book about a leprechaun named Leo. From there I was hooked.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
A typical writing day for me is a lot different from many authors. I have fibro. so I rest as much as I can. Then I get up, check my emails, I check to see what is going on in entertainment news, take notes, then start writing the column for The Prince of All Media. When I am done, I normally make calls to request interviews with authors and performers. When I am done with that, I can work on any other projects that I want.
How much do you write a day?
It is hard to judge how much I write. I try to write at least two pieces for the Prince of All Media. And then if I am working on a story, I can write about 2-4 pages.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on what kind of book it is. A children’s story at least a week. Others I may start, and have to put it aside and work on it later.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I get my ideas from almost anything. Some of the places that I get my ideas is from my dreams, what I am going through or someone else, articles etc.
How do you come up with your titles for your books?
I am really bad at titles. I have always been. I have been know to make a list of possible titles, and then ask my husband and friends, which one they like the best.
What was the first book you wrote and what was it about?
The first story I wrote was “StrangeLand.” It was about Kayla who visited Leo the leprechaun in his own world. I remember setting my bed with a notebook and a pen. It was storming outside, and I caught myself looking at my troll doll, with orange hair. He was dressed as a leprechaun, so from that came Leo.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working about this girl who moved to a new state, and she gets bullied at her new school. I have finished the first chapter, and of course there is no title yet. Guess I should be thinking about one.
What gave you the idea for that book?
The idea came from teen celebrities that had been bullied like Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.
Tell us about your blogs and where they can be found.
I write an entertainment column for The Prince of All Media. It is called Jibba Jabba with Jill. The tile of the column fits me well. I also do interviews for The Prince of All Media, and for KOPN.
The Prince of All Media: http://www.theprinceofallmedia.com
Emma Watson: http://www.emmawatsonclub.com
Miley Cyrus: http://www.clubmileycyrus.com
Demi Lovato: http://www.demilovatoclub.com
Selena Gomez: http://www.selenagomezclub.com
What is the best and worse things about writing blogs?
I can not really see any down falls to writing blogs. The best thing is that I can write about what I want.
How do you keep up with your blogs and books?
Normally I do not have a lot going on. I am a list maker. But, my first writings for the day are my blogs, then I work on any other project.
What is your favorite past-time?
Where do I begin… I love to read, sing, dance. listen to music, watching TV, movies, helping out at church and spending time with my family etc.
Tell us about when and how you met your husband?
It kind of is a funny story. My husband and I went to school together. We never really talked, but my best friend had a crush on one of his friends, so I had to deliver notes to one of his best friends. Well, my first marriage did not work out. Finally some friends convenience me to try on-line. I was about to give up, because every guy that answered wanted sex. Then I found my husband. We got to know each other through emails before we met. I am very blessed to have found him.
What are the challenges of writing freelance?
The challenges of writing freelance is looking for jobs, that do not want 20 articles a week. I have to also think of my health with projects I do.
Are you a big sports fan?
Yes and No. It depends on who is playing. I will only watch the MU Tigers. I love basketball, but I am starting to like football. I am unable to play sports at this moment, but I use to like to play soccer, basketball and tennis.
What are five things you can not live without?
God/Jesus, My family, my friends, my computer and Music. I have to wear headphones with music playing when I write.
What are five things that people do not know about you.
Sometimes I have to do things in fives. Not everything, but some things. Growing up I wanted to have a large family. At one point, I wanted to become a nun (I am not catholic). I love working on my family tree. I also enjoy painting.
Other than this question, what is the weirdest question you have ever been asked?
Are you two sisters because you act like it. Also, how do you spell Jill?
Do you have a website? Sites that you write for and social networking addresses.
What are your goals?
I would like to try to get some of the stories I have written published. Also, I wanted to write more Childrens, Young Adult Christian books. Then there is my interviewing. I want to get better at that, and interview a many people I can. I guess you can tell I love to interview authors and celebrities.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the story about the girl who is being bullied. Also, I have sent a lot of interview request this week. I have many more to do.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I wanted to thank you for the interview. It was fun.