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Advice from IR Approved (and Bestselling!) Author Jill Sanders: “Just keep writing what you love and take time out to appreciate your hard work.”

Summer’s End received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Jill Sanders.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Summer’s End – 9/22/2020.

What’s the book’s first line? 

Eight-year-old Aubrey stood in the entryway of the massive home and shivered. She held all of her possessions—or at least the ones that the woman who had been sent by her father to come get her would allow her to grab—in the small bag that she clung to her chest.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

Just because she has fiery red hair, doesn’t mean that Aubrey has the temperament to match it. Actually, it was quite the opposite, Aubrey was the shy one out of the group of friends. Maybe it was the horrors she’d had to endure growing up or maybe it was because until she’d met her four best friends that summer long ago, she’d never felt a connection before. Now, as her best friends find love, she starts to dream about the day she could open her own life to something bigger, and she’d been dreaming for a while now about who she wanted to share it with.

Aiden was the first employee the five friends had hired on at River Camps. He’d been there since the first nail was struck on the remodel and was excited when they had decided to keep him on around the camps to build more cabins. Seeing what his hard work had done for the place, he couldn’t help feeling pride as he walked around the place. The only thing that made his steps falter was bumping into the very sexy but shy Aubrey.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

My Wildflower series is about five best friends who re-open a young girl’s summer camp in Florida and turn it into an adult summer camp for snowbirds. There really is a place called River Camps. It’s not a summer camp, but a beautiful neighborhood near where I live. When I visited the beautiful location, I got the idea for this series.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

SUMMER’S END is a sweet and satisfying story. It’s full of heart, emotion, and a bit of heat, this low-stakes contemporary romance about two people learning to trust and to love is both delightful and engaging.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

Aubrey is a spitfire with a tortured and broken past.

When did you first decide to become an author?

We owned a skate/snowboard shop in Colorado and while waiting for customers to come in, I would read. One day I read a book that I didn’t care for and decided to write my own story. Finding Pride

Is this the first book you’ve written?

No, I currently have seventy books published. Starting with Finding Pride which has been downloaded more than two million times in four different languages.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

This is my full-time job. Writing, marketing, graphic designs, and publishing.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

Writing, anywhere from 20 to 40 hours a week. All the other work that goes along with publishing usually fills in the other hours I’m not sleeping.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?  

The best part is my flexibility. The hardest is marketing and trying to compete with big publishers.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Just keep writing what you love and take time out to appreciate your hard work.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

I’m a hybrid author. I have several books published through Montlake Romance. Yes, I would publish anyway possible.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

Getting my stories out of my head is the best motivation. Oh, and paying the bills always helps.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

I have so many authors I have befriended over the years since I first published and admire them all. However, Nora Roberts will always be an inspiration to me.


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