So read on to learn more on Creep and Jennifer's path to publication. Also, Jennifer is giving away an arc to one random lucky person who leaves a comment, so be sure to leave a note! Coolness!
Born in Toronto, which is where she spent the first three decades of her life. When her husband was offered a transfer to Seattle, she didn't know which would be worse: leaving Canada or moving to the West coast. She spent her first few months on American soil bemoaning her existence and writing her first novel. Now nicely settled in the Pacific Northwest, the only thing she misses – other than family and friends – is snow.
Jennifer blogs at The Serial Killer Files (www.jenniferhillier.ca). You can also find her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JenniferHillierAuthor), Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/JenniferHillier), and her official author website, www.jenniferhillier.org.
1. 1. Tell us about your book!
Thanks for having me, PK! Very happy to be here. CREEP is a psychological thriller about a popular college professor who is stalked and terrorized by her teaching assistant, also her former lover. I've always been fascinated by villains, and serial killers are my favorite kind. Having worked on college campuses for a quite a few years, I always wanted to write a story that took place in a university setting.
2. 2. How long have you been writing?
Like most writers, I've been writing my whole life. But other than a few angsty years in high school where I wrote tons of short stories, I didn't get serious about writing for publication until 2007 (which is when I wrote my first novel, now trunked).
3. 3. What was your path to publication like?
Other than the rejections, it's been pretty great! Ha! In all serious, my path to publication has been fairly linear. I wrote a novel, revised it six times, then sent out about a hundred queries to literary agents (but not all at once). I received rejections on about half of those before signing with my agent, then got rejected three times by editors until my publisher made an offer. While it all seems straightforward in hindsight, at the time it felt like a rollercoaster! Every rejection stung like crazy… but in the end, it was all worth it. It really just takes one yes.
4. 4. How long did it take to write the first draft?
Five months. And then I spent another nine months revising.
5. 5. Is published story very different from your original?
The main storyline is the same as how I originally wrote it, but during revisions, I cut out an entire subplot and tightened up the writing considerably. My first draft clocked in at over 135,000 words. Yikes! The book that will be on the shelves in two weeks is just under 95,000 words.
6. 6. Plotter or pantser?
I've always been a pantser, but I'm seriously rethinking this! My first drafts are always a mess.
7. 7. Advice to aspiring authors?
I'll pass along the advice I got from Stephen King's book, ON WRITING, because it definitely worked for me: read a lot and write a lot. I'll add to this that we have as many chances to get published as we can write books, so if your first book doesn't make it, write another one. Of course, this is much, much easier said than done.
8. If you were a car, what kind would you be? And why?
I actually think I'd be a motorcycle. Free-spirited and independent, but not so great in the rain.
This was so much fun, PK! I'd love to offer one of your readers an ARC of CREEP. Anybody who comments below by Friday, June 24th will be entered in a random drawing. Again, thanks so much for having me!
Thank you so much, Jennifer! The literary world awaits your debut!! Wishing you much success. :)
Readers, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Thanks so much for stopping by here.