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.me on the cob

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 online newsletter.

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 online magazine, Queensland Writers Centre ‘Writing Queensland’ magazine, and other online newsletters including; ‘The Reading Stack’ and ‘Pass It On’. I’ve had short stories published in Antipodean SF, an online e-magazine, and, more recently my stories have been published on ABC Open, an online showcase of stories from all around Australia.

‘Dual Visions’ is the first instalment in my Science Fiction series. With the recently comdual visions coverpleted sequel ‘Vashla’s World.’ This tale continues where ‘Dual Visions’ ends. The new title for the series is ‘The Ancient Alien Series’. Both are now available on Amazon.

I have served on the Committee of Gold Coast Writers and continue to Plinko bedtimesupport 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. The Ten Penners launched our next anthology in 2017 called ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’. Plinko is our mascot and she attended the launch with her creator Julie Baythorpe being the model. Since then as the picture shows Plinko has settled into living at my house.

We have been to several schools promoting our books and will continue to do this.

DV VW proof new cover May17In 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’. Again in 2017, I took up the ‘NaNoWriMo’ challenge and completed the third book in the ‘Ancient Alien Series’ called ‘Travellers’. This Series begins with Dual Visions and continues in Vashla’s World. During 2018 NaNoWriMo I completed a second part of the Microworld YA book called Microworld Undersea – Oceanville.

‘Dual Visions’ is my first SciFi book, self-published through Publicious, and available for purchase here through Paypal. I’ve now self-published both through Amazon go to https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Visions-Jill-Smith/dp/1545398984 and https://www.amazon.com/Vashlas-World-Battle-Worlds-Ancient/dp/1546550348

Currently published through Create Space now KDP and shortly to be republished through Ingram Spark.

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.




34 Responses to 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. jillswrites says:

    Hi Mary,
    I would love to receive a copy of your book. Please mail it to:
    18 Hindmarsh Court, Robina, Queensland, Australia. 4226
    Thanks so much

  3. jillswrites says:

    Hi Mary,
    I did get your book and will review it shortly.
    Thanks again

  4. sallyodgers says:

    Jill, would you please contact me at sodgers (AT) iinet (DOT) net (DOT) au? (Fellow host on a blog tour)

  5. Julie Lycett says:

    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.
    Julie (Lycett) UK

  6. Susan Day says:

    What a great site. I found it via Australian Writers Rock. I’ve just moved to Dunolly. I suppose that makes us neighbours… nearly!

    • jillswrites says:

      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.

  7. From an ink smeared page says:

    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 🙂

    • jillswrites says:

      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.

  8. Thanks for following my blog! I will be back to investigate more of yours. 🙂

  9. Chris says:

    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

    • jillswrites says:

      Hi Chris, I would be interested in reviewing your books. I am doing NaNoWriMo in November so will be busy writing. However, if you don’t mind waiting, and you send me your e-books to smith.jillwrites@gmail.com I could do in December. So glad you like my blog. I put a lot into it and really enjoy the feedback. Jill

      • Chris says:

        Jill thank you so very much. I have no problems waiting. I will send both books immediately. There will be coming from Smashwords. You are most kind.
        Thank you again

    • jillswrites says:

      Hi Chris, I have another followere Galaxial World https://thegalaxialword.wordpress.com/ who review books. You may wish to approach them also.
      Thanks Jill

      • Chris says:

        Thank you Jill that is very kind of you.
        I have sent the e books to your e mail address. If for some reason you did not receive them please let me know author@ahairdressersdiary.com
        I so appreciate your help.
        We work so hard on our websites and some times they go unnoticed. I understand how it feels when someone says ‘good job!’

      • Chris says:

        Jill I thought I would let you know. I went to the website above after reading their review rules I found, for one they do not accept non fiction nor e books. I thank you for thinking of me though.

      • jillswrites says:

        Hi Chris, sorry about that, it was just a thought. I will get to your books after NaNoWriMo. All the best Jill

      • Chris says:

        I so appreciate the thought.
        I am honored. Thank you

  10. ralemiller says:

    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

  11. Dan Alatorre says:

    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.

    Dan Alatorre

  12. Marsha says:

    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 🙂

    • jillswrites says:

      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.

      • Marsha says:

        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!

  13. Chris says:

    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

  14. Lyn says:

    Hi Jill, thanks for the friend request on FB. Nice to see another Aussie SF writer on WordPress 😀

  15. Lyn says:

    P/S are you going to do Nano this year?

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