3Q’s – Jill Girardi Play’s With Madness!


Here we are! The second 3Q’s feature and the second day in a row! Look, the reality is – I had an amazing response, so expect one a day during the week. I might as well get this promo out for all of these amazing authors!

I’m posting these with no rhyme or reason, literally I’m looking at the list of folks and whichever catches my eye, BAM – uploaded! Today’s is a golden one. Currently crushing it over in Brooklyn, New York, you may know her from her own writing, or from her amazing anthologies through Kandisha Press! That’s right, please welcome (drum roll….)

Jill Girardi!


(PS I stole this from Goodreads!)

Welcome, Jill! And thanks for doing this!

Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?

Jill: Hi Steve! Thanks so much for doing this interview with me. My writing time usually starts with me going over what I’ve written the day before and gutting it. I know they say you’re not supposed to edit as you go, but I find having loose ends disturbs my ability to move forward with the story. I like to have everything “acceptable” before I continue writing. I do try to write at the same time each day but I also try to have all my other work done and out of the way. That way I can focus on writing without worrying about everything else I need to do. I try to get at least 500 solid words down per day. That sounds like such a small amount but when you consider how many words I type and delete, then type and delete again during the process, the word count is a lot higher. (I just realized how neurotic this whole paragraph sounds. Haha!)

Steve: Out of all your releases, do you have a favorite character you’ve written?

My favorite release is my novel, Hantu Macabre. It was the first thing I ever really wrote, and though I made every rookie mistake in the book (I’m currently rewriting it for a new publisher, to edit out all the CRINGE.) I really love the characters I created–a punk rock detective and her supernatural creature/demon baby partner. It was a best seller for an international publisher, shortlisted for a readers’ choice award, and a film is being made based on the book and a short story I wrote featuring the characters. The director is Aaron Cowan, a special FX artist who has worked on many Hollywood films such as Avatar, Iron Man, The Avengers.. you name it. So if nothing else, I expect the FX in the movie to be pretty awesome! Not bad for a first novel where I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. (I still don’t know what I’m doing, but I like to think my writing has developed in the years since the book came out.)

Steve: That is so amazing! Huge Congrats! Switching gears, tell me about your newest release(novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!

I’m working on a collection of (most of) my published short stories, a couple of new stories, and perhaps a republication of the short story that’s being filmed (featuring the characters from my novel.) I think people should read it because the stories are heavily influenced by 80’s creature movies, EC Comics, Tales from the Crypt, and Malaysian folklore (I lived there for many years, and there’s also a special person who collects creepy local tales for me, and always inspires me with new ideas.) In essence, the stories are a lot of fun to read, written with dark humor and a lot of heart. Or at least, I think they are!

Steve: Bonus question time! What is your favorite album?

Jill: Ok, this is really hard because I go through phases where I’m obsessed with a band or album for awhile, and there are many years worth of those. So, an album I’ve been listening to my whole life and have never gotten tired of? Hmmm.. maybe Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.”


Thank you so much, Jill!

If you want to check out more of Jill’s work or follow her journey you can do so below;

Website: https://kandishapress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jill_girardi

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15971044.Jill_Girardi

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jill-Girardi/e/B07JJQZSSK/

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