BC: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. To start with, can you tell us a bit about yourself, and how you got started writing?
JH: I’m a native Brit living in San Diego and mystery/thriller author. I started writing novels in 2007, after a college English professor read some of my work and suggested I try to get it published.
BC: How do you go about the actual process of writing? (location, time, set schedule or whenever, longhand or typed, laptop or smartphone or desktop computer, etc)
JH: There’s a process? I work write I have time and always on a laptop. With a full-time job, my writing is limited and squeezed into every available moment. It’s turned me into a couch potato.
BC: How do you personally like to read books you buy these days? (eg: length – novels, short stories, etc; and method – paper, kindle, iphone, etc)
I read about 50% on Kindle and 50% paperback/hardback. Most of the books I read are full length thrillers and mysteries. I’m not into short stories – they aren’t long enough for me to become vested in the characters. Most of what I buy is through recommendation.
BC: Which authors (or books) have had the most influence on your writing style, and why?
JH: Sidney Sheldon is the inspiration behind my writing career. I love the way he crafts a mystery and started my first manuscript (Madness and Murder) right after I finished one of his books.
BC: How do you go about planning your writing?
JH: I start with a title and a motive and let it spin out from there. I don’t plan in advance and write whatever comes into my head at each session. All of it gets cleaned up in the edits, which is when the story really takes place. I’m often surprised by the extra twists my stories take during editing.
BC: Why did you decide to write the novel, “Hide and Seek”?
As a teenager, I played hide and seek out in the country in the grounds of an old manor house in the UK. We called it stalking and it was scary, much more so than a regular child’s game of hide and seek. We used only our senses to find the person hiding, no flashlights allowed. My experience gave me the idea to use the game in a novel.
BC: Who are the readers would enjoy this series the most?
JH: Those who like games, riddles and puzzles might enjoy Hide and Seek. A games themes runs all the way through the story. The killer loves to play games. So does the victim.
BC: What other items are you working on at the moment?
JH: I’m currently working on my 4th mystery, this one set in Oxfordshire, England. Someone is murdering corporate execs, members of the “C-suite.”
BC: Sounds good. There are a few Execs I’d like to bump off … fictionally of course. If you could somehow change reality and become the author of any published book instead of the person who originally wrote it, which book would you make your own and why?
JH: I’ve never thought about it. What a tough question. There are so many excellent books out there, I don’t think I could just pick one. One of the books I most enjoyed reading was 11/22/63 by Stephen King because of his amazing imagination. Every one of the 800+pages held my attention. To write a book with 800+ pages and keep readers interested is incredible, so I’d have to go with 11/22/63.
BC: Good Choice. Thanks for coming in.
Jenny Hilborne is the author of three novels. She has worked in the retail music industry, residential real estate, commercial real estate and finance. She is the second of four daughters, born and raised in Wiltshire, South West England, and relocated to Southern California in 1997. Jenny began writing novels in 2007. She is a member of Wolfwriters, a group of professional writers who meet bi-monthly in Northern San Diego. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime. Madness and Murder, her first novel, was released in July 2010.
Brief Description of her Latest Novel – Hide and Seek
Halloween. A group of friends gather at a mansion and decide to play a game. When one of them disappears and a large pool of blood is found on the grounds, San Francisco homicide inspector, Mac Jackson, is called out to investigate. Two days later, the body is discovered.
As Jackson questions the guests, he uncovers old hostilities, secretive pasts, and the victim’s ties to another unusual death. At the center of it all is the lingerie bar, where the victim once worked. Are the girls in some sort of danger? Who is the thug with the scar? His best chance at solving the case hinges on an uncooperative source and Jackson must work fast, before it’s too late and his source disappears. Buy it Now on Amazon.com