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New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Barnett is master storyteller known for her beautifully-written love stories rich with humor, emotion, and poignancy. She is the winner of Lifetime Achievement Awards for Love and Laughter and Historical Romance and is a six-time Romance Writers of America RITA nominee and winner of both a Persie Award for Literature and a Waldenbooks Award. Her books have been named Best of the Year by Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, and Kirkus Review and she was the first historical romance author to ever receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She stands alongside Judith McNaught as one of only two authors to ever receive a six-star review from Affaire de Coeur Magazine and her work has been publis ...more

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Jill Barnett There are so many emotions you have to overcome in this business. If you are a glass half-empty personality, it's even harder. You need confudence, be…moreThere are so many emotions you have to overcome in this business. If you are a glass half-empty personality, it's even harder. You need confudence, because people will tear you down, malign your character, and attribute horrible things to you based on their vicious opinion of you simple, hopeful story. There has always been competition. Let it go. Writing is difficult enough without creating more internal blockages. You should concentrate on telling your stories. Write your books. What's going on with everyone else, or even the industry, has nothng to do with creating your work. Writers write because we have stories to tell. Just tell your story, and the next story and the next story. Nowadays you can self-publish very successfully. Just write and let go everything else. Now go tell your story! (less)
Jill Barnett No. I have traveled to some of the settings in my books, to castles and islands and villages, London, but I can write about my time periods confidentl…moreNo. I have traveled to some of the settings in my books, to castles and islands and villages, London, but I can write about my time periods confidently through my detailed and extensive research. I have to know what it was like hundreds of years ago. What you see now is often not what you would have seen then. Much of Ireland, England, and Scotland were covered in forests that have been gone for centuries. I research what it was like for my characters. I saturate my mind in the period and details so as I write, the setting and period details are organic to my characters and prose.(less)
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A writer's disheartening morning

Today I was gathering information on my new book My Lucky Penny, when I saw a 1 star review on Amazon. I read it, because it's never a bad idea to read what bothered some readers enough to give such a low rating. Well...imagine my face when I read a warning to buyers that my new love story was an "expensive reissue of a 20 year old story."

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“‎Odd how a man who never smiled could make her feel things she didn't know existed. He held her heart in his hands. From the moment she saw him, some thread had linked them together.”
Jill Barnett, Bewitching

“What kind of girl reads Wealth of Nations for fun?”
She closed the book and looked at the front jacket, then at him. “It’s a shame really. I had nothing else to read. I left all my Barbie comic books at home.”
Jill Barnett, The Days of Summer

“I was certain I told you the king was coming.”

She planted her hands on her hips. “You did not tell me the king was coming.”

“I remember telling you there would be only one more delay until we would marry. That day on the battlements. I remember it distinctly.”

“Aye, you did say that, but you failed to mention that the ‘one thing’ was the king of England.”

“Well, now you know,” he said casually, as if he were speaking of the time of day or the color of the sky and not something as important as a royal visit. “He is coming tomorrow,” he added. “For our wedding.”
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