NaNoWriMo update … Day 15

thumb Microworld underseaNaNoWriMo going well so far!

2710 words today and now on the green – yay!

Total days 1 to 15 running word count 25736!

Microworld Undersea is OCEANVILLE

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Bookface Pacific Fair have my books…

Jill head shotSo happy to announce my books Dual Visions and Vashla’s World, Books 1 and 2 of the Ancient Alien Series are now available at Bookface Pacific Fair!Dual Visions front 29.06.17 (2)Vashla's World cover July17

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales will also be popping up on the children’s section. With six stories written by me, it’s a lovely book for 8 to 12-year-olds to enjoy.

These will be great for Christmas. I’ll be happy to restock their shelves. Thanks, Bookface! 

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on the second shelf


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NaNoWriMo update day 11

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Day 11 and I’m about day 10 target for NaNoWriMo 16005 words overall total!

But the best bit is about to happen! – Murder and conflict! Yay!

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NaNoWriMo update…day 3

jill bio pic 2017 (1)Hi, everyone who’s into NaNoWriMo will know that at this stage we’re just getting the words down and not editing (much) and definitely not researching (much).

Literally not knowing where the story is going probably makes for a very long-winded manuscript that needs heaps of culling and re-work in the future. Somehow, the journey is part of it. Going to bed to again think – where the heck is this thing going?

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Big B Books Burleigh Heads have my books…

big b books shopfrontBig B Books have copies of all my books!! 

Yes, if you’re strolling down James Street, Burleigh Heads and thinking about getting Christmas presents, turn into the arcade and explore Big B Books.

Dual Visions and Vashla’s World, Books 1 and 2 of The Ancient Alien Series. DV VW proofs May17This is my adults Science Fiction Series and I have readers waiting on the next episode. So grab your copy at the Big B Books.

Or for the children in your life, you can pick up a copy of The Ten Penners anthologies Fan-tas-tic-al Tales and our latest release Mystery, Mayhem & Magic. I have six short stories in the first and nine in the second. They are jam-packed with quirky adventures children love.Fan-tas-tic-al Tales cover

MMM cover  Both would make great stocking fillers!

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NaNoWriMo 2018 starts tomorrow!

thumb Microworld underseaNaNoWriMo 2018 starts tomorrow, I’ve announced my book and

It’s a Young Adults science fiction and this next book picks up characters facing environmental upheaval during a natural disaster. In Microworld, it’s land-based, in a future Earth on a world covered in Domes that protect the population from pollution, and the senior citizens who live in inner domes and are cared for by the folk in the outer domes. In Microworld undersea the domes have a different function in that they are the home of the educational facilities for the young and some of the older brains in the inner domes are the lecturers and teachers.

Neo the main character in Microworld did go to the undersea domes during that story. Briefly, he met Charnarie the main character in Microworld undersea and she is only eleven and infatuated with Neo, the son of the world’s foremost environmentalist Dan who helped save the world. Her encounter with Neo is the catalyst for changes in her life.

Now I have a name and some ideas. Where the story goes from this very basic concept, we’ll have to see. NaNoWriMo is always an adventure. I hope you’ll follow my journey and cheer me from the sidelines.


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A year ago the Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour

Already a year since the blog tour pre-launch of The Ten Penners latest anthology! So reposting the interview Candice did with me!

Chatting with author Jill Smith about Mystery, Mayhem and Magic!

Posted: October 17, 2017 in What’s New

Today I’m very excited to be interviewing author Jill Smith, who has nine stories, repeat nine (now is that talent or what?) in the new anthology by The Ten Penners, ‘Mystery, Mayhem and Magic.’ I already love the short stories by the Gold Coast writers The Ten Penners, but being a total fan and author of mystery, mayhem and magic myself I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to chat with Jill about this exciting anthology for young readers. I hope you enjoy learning more about Jill as much as I have!

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First, a little bit of info about the anthology:

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!

“Take a path through the forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.

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From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-Al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”

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What kind of children’s stories did you write for Mystery, Mayhem & Magic?

I have nine stories in ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.’ Six of these are about a little girl called Trinny who is three in the first adventure and just on five in last adventure, all based on two beautiful illustrations created by our dear friend and now passed former member Lorraine Blomberg who created the covers of The Ten Penners two previous books‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ and ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.’ I have two further stand-alone short stories in ‘Red Beard’s Treasure Hunt’ which is a follow-on episode of a story in Fan-tas-tic-al Tales called ‘The Night Witch’. Horseplay is the other and I wrote this for my granddaughters as they love horses. Finally, I wrote a novella called ‘The Real Deal’ about a boy who can fly.

How long have you been writing children’s stories?

I joined The Ten Penners in 2008 as a sub-group of Gold Coast Writers, firstly because they were closer than another sub-group The Southern Short Story Writers that I had been attending, and, because I wanted to push my writing in a direction I hadn’t been before. I’d never written children’s stories before that. So, I was pleased to be able to contribute six stories in the last anthology Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.

ten penners 3 booksWhat other writings have you done?

I have written two Science Fiction booksDual Visions and Vashla’s World which I aim to release on Amazon shortly. Dual Visions has been developed from an e-book with a very inexperienced edit through to a self-published book with Publicious and through to the current re-release after a rework with my writing mentor. I’ve also written a young adults science fiction manuscript called Microworld which will be my next publication project.

What have you had published and in what mediums?

I’m glad to say that I’ve read and reviewed many wonderful books by Australian authors for many years and been rewarded with copies of signed books by authors such as Peter Watt, Simon Higgins, Kim Wilkins, Michael Pryor, George Ivanoff, Colleen McCulloch, Darryl Greer, Lian Tanner, Kim Kane, Andy McDermott, Julie Baythorpe, Robyn Lee Burrows and many more. I also have a blog I showcase my book reviews, short stories and interviews with interesting authors. Many of my reviews are also published in online magazines such as Gold Coast Writers eWriteabout, Jackie Hoskings’ magazine PIO (Pass It On), which is circulated in schools around Australia. On occasions, The Reading Stack and Writing Queensland, a paper print magazine for Queensland Writers Centre, have also have published my reviews.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?MMM book launch ten penners includ plinko lindy

Editing and getting the story right. Being one of The Ten Penners, allows me to have my stories honestly critiqued, which always enhances a story. I’m also fortunate enough to have a writing mentor in my friend and multi-published author Robyn Lee Burrows who gives her time willingly to have me read and rework my manuscripts.

Thanks for joining me on the blog Jill!


Jill Smith loves adventures and has nine stories in this book for youngsters and the young at heart. Now a grandmother to two beautiful girls creating stories for them gives her great joy. A long-term member of The Ten Penners, presenting our books in schools, writing book reviews and reading is a huge part of her busy life. For more about Jill, follow her on her blog: Jill Smith