11 Responses to Guest: Author Jill Orr

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Welcome, Jill, and thanks so much for sharing your stories. What a fun set of characters! Do you usually begin your stories with a character, and then build your story around him or her?

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    • Good question, Patty! I’ll tell you, I had many good laughs with these, and her characters are very consistent.

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    • Jill Orr says:

      Hi Patty! I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview! Yes, I do usually start with character. I could read about a character I’m interested in doing just about anything, so when I write that’s where I start. I find if I create a believable character, the plot will sort of build itself around her/him.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    welcome to 4F1H, Jill.
    I didn’t realize there was a difference between a death notice and an obit. The only thing I realized was that obits used to run “free” but nowadays it seems they’re like a paid ad.
    Back in summer of 1969, I started work on a small town daily paper… and my very first assignment — while they were assessing my strengths and weaknesses, I suppose — was phoning the funeral homes in town and writing the obit over the phone.
    Typing on a manual typewriter, of course.

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    • I had no idea , Jeff! You would get a real kick out of The Good Byline.

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    • Jill Orr says:

      Hi Jeff! You know, that’s such a familiar story. I hear from people all the time whose first job at a local paper was on the obituary beat. I always find that interesting because obituaries, if done well, are really rather complex. I also find it so interesting that if you ask most people what sections they read in their local paper, they’ll say sports and the obits – yet the obit section has been cut from nearly all small papers. It’s sort of sad. Obviously, I’m biased, but I think there’s something really beautiful about a well written obituary – plus, as Margalit Fox says, they have a built-in, perfect narrative arc: there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end! 🙂

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      • Jeff Salter says:

        at that point in my life — not yet 19 years old — I knew very little but thought I knew a LOT. I’d written a lot of features, a few editorials, and some news reports — mostly in a college paper prior to that point. They were wise to start me off as a tenderfoot.
        As far as the craft of an obit, I’m embarrassed to admit that I just typed what the funeral home guys told me over the phone.
        Like I said: immaturity told me I was far too superior a writer to be penning obits.

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  3. What a fantastic interview! Your series is incredibly interesting. I think I’m putting it on my Christmas wish list. I keep getting asked what I want and haven’t been able to give an answer but now I want to read your books! It certainly sounds different than anything I have read.

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