Jack Hillman is a published author of fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror, and he is a member of SFWA and HWA. He is a novelist, playwright, journalist and freelance writer, as well as a collector of swords and other muscle-driven weapons. Catch him at the Pennwriters Annual Conference, May 18-20, 2018https://pennwriters.org/31st-annual-conference/
Pennwriters: What do you think is special about the genre you write in?
Jack: I write in multiple genres and that is because my ideas don’t fit into just one basket. When you watch the world around you, things pop into your head from all over the place and trying to keep them in just one genre is difficult.
PW: What do you find to be the most difficult part of writing? Did you ever encounter a serious roadblock and how did you overcome it?
Jack: I used to find the time management a problem since I was working a full-time job and writing in my off hours. Now I’m retired and it’s worse since people seem to think you have all the time in the world when you retire. I’m redoing the door to my office with spikes and a deep moat filled with plesiosaurs.
PW: What’s individual or unique about your writing space? Do you have a memento or good luck charm on your desk?
Jack: My office is also my personal library of over two thousand books and my armory with my antique weapons collection. So I don’t have just one thing on my desk to remind me I have many things within arm’s reach to keep the juices flowing. And for some strange reason when people come to my office they are very polite to me.
PW: What has been the most satisfying or significant project of your literary career?
Jack: Probably the thesis I wrote on Post Polio Syndrome which gained me my Fellow, Academy of Life Underwriting status. It was then published in the Journal of Life Underwriting. I have fans all over the world.
PW: What is your favorite tip or advice for writers?
Jack: Don’t stop. I made the mistake of listening to people who told me to “get a real job” when I graduated college. Took me almost twenty years to get started again and I would have been much further along if I had just kept writing.
PW: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
Jack: A crap load of paper to write on. A case of duct tape. (You can build anything from that stuff) A really, really good knife (just because, survival, you know.) As for fire, any good Boy Scout can start a fire by rubbing two dry cliches together.
PW: If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
Jack: Back forty years telling myself to keep writing and some of the things I might want to focus on. I might be famous by now!
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