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 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 completed 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 support 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.
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’. 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.
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