Author Interview: Jill Corddry


Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, even back in elementary school when I entered, and won, the Young Author’s Content. But I didn’t think of it as a career until much later. I wanted to be a teacher, but when I figured out I didn’t have the demeanor for that, I realized all of my college electives were literature and writing classes, so I was able to graduate with a degree in English. I spent almost ten years writing web content for dot coms before I quit and focused on my own work.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written three full books (though I have a folder full of partials!). The one I’m currently writing on is always my favorite! But the very first book I wrote will always have a special place in my heart. It’s lingering in first draft limbo, but maybe I’ll give it more love someday.

Do you have a favorite character and why?

Oh, I love Mikey Hill, from my debut published novel Bad Company: Almost Like Magic—book 1. He emerged from my brain and barely changed over the course of many many edits and rewrites.


If you could meet any character from your book(s), who would it be and why?

Eleanor “Elle” Vaughn, from my NaNoWriMo novel last year. She’s smart, independent, knows her worth, appreciates a good meal, and is utterly enchanted by the mysterious, magical situation she finds herself in. Plus she gets to work in a book store repairing old books!


Do you have a current WIP you’d like us to know about?

I’m currently drafting book two of my Almost Like Magic series and hope to have it available later this year.


What is your writing Kryptonite?

The TV and social media for sure, plus my own brain getting to me, telling me I don’t have the “right” mood to work today.


What is your favorite writing snack and/or drink?

I use dark chocolate covered pretzels as a reward, but my favorite anytime snack is popcorn and flavored fizzy water.


If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

That it is possible to love your job! And that all those stories whirling around in your head are the best practice for becoming a writer. Never feel guilty about taking the time to daydream.


Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book?

That’s a tie between Carrie Vaughn and CE Murphy. Both were early authors in the urban fantasy subgenre and are wholly responsible for inspiring me to actually write the stories in my head because other people DID want to read them. My favorite book, however, will always been Anne of Green Gables!


What is your favorite season/ weather to write in and why?

Personally, I love summer because I’m solar powered (even though my fair skin objects) and it is extra glorious here in the Pacific Northwest! We wait all year for those six beautiful weeks! (lol!!) Seriously, though, I really love to write in autumn. Though my stories aren’t usually dark, they are filled with magic and it just seems stronger in October and November.


If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for one year while writing a book, where would it be and why?

I’d love to travel around Ireland and Scotland, not only because I’ve been to Dublin, but there is a magic there that I can’t even begin to describe… But I’d sure like the time to try.


What does your writing space look like?

I am beyond lucky to have a backyard cottage that is mostly all mine. I like to write with the laptop actually in my lap and my legs stretched out, so I have a super comfy couch surrounded with floor to ceiling bookshelves and a library ladder!!! The shelves are filled with all my favorite books and the books I use for research, plus inspirational trinkets and decorations.


What’s the funniest typo you’ve ever written?

It was extra fun to find this one in my printed book: I typed DINGO instead of DOING and of course spellcheck didn’t spot it. **sigh** (it’s since been fixed). In another case, a friend and I were texting and because of a one-letter misspelling, we started joking about what an excellent book title it would make, and then she created a character, and then she went on to write a whole book about it, and it’s being published this summer (July ’22). All because of a typo!


What are your two favorite book covers that are not your own?

There are simply too many to list! I love covers that draw you in, and sometimes that’s a simple image and other times it’s a complex, rich illustration. I have so much respect for cover artists.


How do you come up with names for your characters?

Sometimes they emerge in my imagination with a full name, or a part of a name, but most of the time I use baby name websites.


Who is the most supportive person in your life when it comes to writing?

When it comes to overall support, my partner, without a doubt! I couldn’t do any of it without him. But when it comes to the actual writing, my two critique partners—Eva V. Gibson and Ron Walters—are my biggest champions.


How many drafts of your books do you generally go through before publishing?

I only have one full novel published and it went through a LOT of drafts. I think ten was the magic number. It was the first novel I ever went through the actual process of editing and there was a lot of learning I did over all the years I worked on it. Today though, I’m more confident in my ability to write and find the places that need work earlier in the drafting process, so I’m hoping it will only take three or four rounds going forward. For my short stories, it’s usually just write it and do a quick edit and then it’s done.


Give a shout-out to another author.

My stellar editor Julie Hutchings is also an amazing author!!! Hire her and read her books!


Where is your favorite place to write and why?

In my cottage because it’s mine. It’s decorated in a way that gives me comfort and inspiration… and no one can see me eating snacks!


Do you have any writing buddies?

My critique partners are with me every step of the way, from idea to publication.

I also have a long-term writing relationship with August Niehaus. We’ve written magical short stories for The Accidental Magic Project for ten years (so far!) and it is so much fun to have that as a side project and to have such an amazing person in my life to collaborate with.


If you found someone reading one of your books in public, how would you react? Would you approach them or secretly squee in happiness?

Oh, there would be sooooo much squeeing!!! And then I’d totally try to play it cool. I wouldn’t succeed. But I’d try. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to actually go up to them, though.


Anything else you’d like us to know?

It’s so important to read! Read everything! You never know where inspiration will strike. Don’t worry if you don’t write every day. You’re still a writer! I’ve taken years off in the past, and though I was a little rusty, it all came back to me. And most importantly, surround yourself with people who believe in you, because there will be time you can’t believe in yourself and your team will be there for you.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jill Corddry started telling stories at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. These days, Jill writes in between taking care of twin boys and dodging rain drops in the Pacific Northwest. She absolutely believes in magic and faeries, even though she hasn’t seen one personally. Her short stories have been published in Beyond the Nightlight, an anthology by A Murder of Storytellers; Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland, an anthology by Urban Fey Press; the Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, an anthology by World Weaver Press; and Demonic Possession, an anthology by James Ward Kirk Fiction. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the California Writers Club.

Be sure to check out Jill Corddry online!

Twitter: @JillCorddry

Insta: jillcorddry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jillcorddryauthor

Accidental Magic Project: https://accidentalmagic.press/

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