We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill G. Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill G., what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I’m an intuitive writer. I’ve learned to let go of outlines, plans, and expectations and allow the power of intuition to guide me through the writing process. I create with my heart first, and not my mind. I write every day. All of my first drafts are composed in my journal and not on a computer. I usually write prompts such as short phrases, photos of nature outside my window. I’m also spurred on when I write in community. Like Anne the character in my series, I’m also a visual artist who creates mosaics intuitively using found objects. I start with a base such as a vintage tray, old box or rusty horseshoe. Then I pull pieces from my stash and manipulate them until I see assorted textures, patterns, and color come together. I’ve learned to create with joy, trust myself to let go and enjoy the process.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m very excited that my third novel The Green Lace Corset was released in October. The dual-timeline series is about women searching for their place in the world connected by vintage finds. The Black Velvet Coat and The Silver Shoes are bestselling book club favorites. On my blog Crealivity, the art of living a creative lifestyle I share my musings, inspirations, and poetry. Meeting with readers and speaking at community events has encouraged me to continue writing. While creating I’ve learned not to worry about whether anyone will like it or not, to persevere and keep going no matter what. I enjoy guiding others to learn this practice at Tuesday Brown Bag drop-in group I facilitate on Zoom through San Diego Writers, Ink. And the day retreats, I host for artists of all types, in my Descanso studio will return when safe to do so. Learn more at www.jillghall.com.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Post-pandemic I’ll take her to the Arts District at Liberty Station. We’ll buy vanilla chai lattes at Banyan Kitchen/Chi Chocolate, go upstairs to San Diego Writers, Ink. to write in community, then visit the galleries and museums. We’ll have lunch at The Lot, maybe take in a movie or walk along the canal. I can’t wait until this is all possible again.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kristen Fogle, Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink. When the pandemic hit, she immediately transitioned classes and workshops to Zoom so writers could continue to stay connected, create, and hone their crafts in community. www.sandiegowriters.org