Featured Interview With Jill Caugherty
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I have worked in software development, architecture, marketing, and product management jobs in the high tech industry for over twenty-five years. Born in LA, I grew up with two younger sisters in Fort Worth, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Houston, Texas. My husband and I have lived in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina for nearly thirty years. We have a twelve year old daughter and a cat.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have enjoyed reading and writing since I was a child. At age seven, I wrote my first fantasy “novel.”
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Wallace Stegner, Chang-Rae Lee, TC Boyle, and Khaled Hosseini, to name a few.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Waltz in Swing Time (launch date of April 23, 2020 with Black Rose Writing) is a historical novel set on a farm in nineteen-thirties Utah. Irene Larsen copes with her family’s hardship by playing piano. Even when tragedy strikes, she clings to her dream of becoming a musician. Clashing with her mother, who dismisses her ambition as frivolous, Irene leaves home. At a summer job at Zion National Park, she meets Spike, a maverick dancer who might be her ticket to a radically different life. Ultimately, she must decide whether pursuing her dream justifies its price.
Alternating between Irene’s ninetieth year in 2006 and her coming-of-age in the thirties, Waltz in Swing Time is a poignant story of mother-daughter relationships, finding hope amidst hardship, and forging an independent path.
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