About Me

I was born in 1957 in Ballarat, Victoria. My first foray into writing was when I helped my mother in compiling my Grandmother’s life story. Gran was the matriarch and it took three years to produce, including editing and compilation of photos and documents. The final product was presented to her on her 90th Birthday.

My family moved to Queensland a few years later. I became a member of Gold Coast Writers Association, then known by their original title, Writers at the Fair. I attended writing classes. I then began to regularly submit book reviews and articles to appear in the Association’s magazine, something I still do. ‘Writeabout’, the Gold Coast Writers magazine later became ‘e-Writeabout’ an on-line newsletter.

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I received various awards for short story writing competitions from place prizes to commended.  I continued to write book reviews for a wider market. They appeared in Zeus Publications on-line magazine, Queensland Writers Centre ‘Writing Queensland’ magazine, and other on-line newsletters including; ‘The Reading Stack’ and ‘Pass It On’. I’ve had short stories published in Antipodean SF, an on-line e-magazine, and, more recently my stories have been published on ABC Open, an on-line showcase of stories from all around Australia.

‘Dual Visions’ is the first instalmenent in my Science Fiction series. With the recently comdual visions coverpleted sequel ‘Vashla’s World.’ This tale continues where ‘Dual Visions’ ends. Space pirates from the two extreme ends of the Universe are threatening many planets. A coalition of space pirates, sworn to protect Earth and their own planets, unite against a common foe.

I have served on the Committee of Gold Coast Writers and continue to ten penners coversupport this group. I am a member of Gold Coast Writers sub-group, ‘The Ten Penners’, who write for children. The Ten Penners produced a book as a collaborative collection of short stories, poems and novellas, called ‘Fan-tas-tic-al Tales’, which was released in 2009. This was a follow up book to their first collection, ‘Shock, Horror, Gasp.’ As a grandmother, writing stories for children, is a delight.

bio pic straight hair     Last year, in 2015, I took part in National Novel Writing Month, or ‘NaNoWriMo’. This writing challenge helped me to complete another manuscript in November, a science fiction book for young adults called ‘Microworld’. This will be my next project to be released.

I work part time and look forward to being able to write full time.

‘Dual Visions’ is my first SciFi book, self published through Publicious, and available for purchase here through Paypal and Redhen. Click on the BUY NOW button. Or email me on smith.jillwrites@gmail.com and put in subject heading – Buy Dual Visions or Buy Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.

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29 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi, Jill. Enjoyed a visit to your webpage – I can see I have a lot of learning ahead to be able to produce one of a similar quality! LOL! I would like to particularly thank you for all the activity you have stirred on my behalf, and would like to send you a copy of The Four Elizabeths with compliments. Can you supply a postal address for me, please? Will keep in touch. Mary

  2. Hi Jill,
    Could you contact me on my email address and leave your new email as I haven’t had any joy with your other one.
    Thanks,
    Julie (Lycett) UK

    • Hi Susan,
      Glad you like my site, please subscribe so that you can catch up with all my posts. I used to live in Ballarat but now live in Queensland. My sisters still live in Ballarat. It’s lovely to catch up with writer friends.
      Jill

  3. Jill, it’s so great to see that you’re able to both write and work full time.
    And thanks for following Ink Smeared Page 🙂

    • Hi ink smeared,
      I now work 30 hours a week not 46 so this gives me a little more ‘me’ time for writing.
      Thanks for commenting. Hope you continue to enjoy my blog.
      Jill

  4. Good morning Jill. I have read your website and many of your reviews. I am a late bloomer and have written two books A Hairdresser’s Diary and the sequel A Hairdresser’s Diary: Scissors Retired. Would these be books you are interested in reviewing? If so may I send you e books of them both? I am on Amazon. I am a non fiction writer and from Canada. I would be delighted if you would consider my books for review.
    Thank you in advance
    Chris

  5. Hi, I would love for you to review my new ebook, for I’m in desperate need of some reviews. The book is entitled, The Twins: A Psychological Thriller.

    Thank You
    R.G.Miller

  6. Hi Jill!

    I saw your site on The Book Review Directory and wondered if you’d like to peruse my book Savvy Stories: Funny Things I Learned From My Daughter. (Nonfiction.)

    Savvy Stories is a collection of funny vignettes occurring between a new dad and his daughter (but done in an intelligent, humorous way) as he learns just how amazing his daughter and all children are.

    I’d be happy to provide you a copy in a format of your preference. Let me know.

    Thanks,
    Dan Alatorre

  7. Hi Jill, I saw your blog listed in the Book Review Directory. I blog and write, and noticed that most reviewers work hard reading and writing reviews, but don’t get much traffic for all that work, including myself. Like Ryan Lanz, I’d like to feature your work on my site. Each week I feature a specific genre. If you have a book review for that genre post the link in the comment section. I will visit it and list all the links the next week and on my link page as well. You don’t have to read another book, but advertise a post you’ve already created. Yeah!!! I read that you review biographies. Here is a link for memoirs. http://wp.me/p7tP3I-eS.There is no catch. I’m retired, love to read and blog for fun. Marsha 🙂

    • Hi Marsha, Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I do love blogging but have got myself a bit distracted lately. Mostly editing. I will be doing another log tour on Monday so that will be my latest review. I am flattered that you want to reference me on your blog. I have quite a lot of local authors want me to review their books so I’m not taking on any more right now. I will check out your link though.

      • I know. I have a backlog of books to review. Added to other books I read, it’s difficult to get everything done. Thanks for checking it out!

  8. Jill thank you for your visit on WordPress yesterday. Since we spoke a few months ago I have published three more. I so appreciate your considering A Hairdresser’s Diary and the sequel A Hairdresser’s Diary: Scissors Retied. I enjoy your site and you have helped so many. Bless you

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