Recently Carolyn Hill, a local author who will be featured in next weeks' LocalLit newsletter, spoke via email to Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.
Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you find easiest to write and why?
Hill: True Creative Fiction…because there is always a mystery back-story I believe no one can tell but the writer in me. Yes I fabricate, and use narrative techniques (literary devices) in constructing sentences to entertain. If my reader is drawn into the emotion of the story, it is because I have created a world outside of the common where they choose to stay and imagine events and places that couldn’t possibly happen in their lives. When one wonders, is this true or is it fiction, I have succeeded.
Baran-Unland: Where do you need the most improvement?
Hill: In remembering there is boring “work” to be done that precedes success. I have to keep reminding myself there are no shortcuts.
Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.
Hill: "Out of the ashes of 911 lives an enduring story of love’s passion etched with the date, February 14, 2002.”
Baran-Unland: Tell us about your current work-in-progress and/or future works.
Hill: As a ghostwriter, I am currently “editing” a manuscript my client wishes to self-publish. February starts a year-long work on anthology stories which range from the first cry in the delivery room, to the settling wisdom of the bionic elderly.
Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?
Hill: Visit carolynhillghostwriter.com
Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story by a local author – or a review of a book by a local author – to the newsletter's subscribers.
Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit a story or a copy of their book to the LocalLit short story newsletter. Submission does not guarantee acceptance.
Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words. Excerpts from novels the submitter has written are acceptable if the excerpt is a complete story arc. Featured authors will be spotlighted in publications before the newsletter runs so readers have time to sign up.
To submit and for more information, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for the newsletter and read Hill's story, visit www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/#//.