I worked with children with a variety of behavioural problems until I had my son in 2007. Early 2010, I started having weird [usually painless] migraines. I'd always enjoyed reading and writing, but never usually managed to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, in a manner I liked. However, the migraines seemed to change all that and suddenly I had beginnings, middles and endings and words flowing in my head.
I've had work included in print anthologies, magazines and e-zines, performed, and published online. Book-wise, I've written a supernatural thriller and the first in a series of crime thrillers set in Warrington, England where I used to live - I'm currently looking for representation/publication for both - and I'm researching a nonfiction book about amazing rescues in Scottish waters and writing a darkly unusual thriller.
One of my books was recommended for shortlisting for the Virginia Prize - it didn't quite make the cut but what a thrill to get that far! I'm still buzzing from it. My nonfiction book on a Victorian shipwreck is due to be released by Pen & Sword in the UK in January 2014.
If anybody has any true tales they would like considered for the rescues book, or just fancies a chat, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My collection of fiction and nonfiction - "Wild: a collection" - is out now from Pure Slush in both print and e-book format.
Find out more at http://gillhoffs.wordpress.com/
To put it simply - I can't not. The only way to get the stories out of my head and allow room for thought [and more stories] is to write them down. There are few things out there more thrilling and satisfying to me than getting work published, or performing it for an audience [reading at the Edinburgh Festival in a side event was fantastic fun!].
Jeremy Scott - author of the nonfiction books 'Fast and Louche', and 'Dancing on Ice' [a tale of polar exploration in the 1930s] is my favourite author. His work is wildly entertaining, beautifully descriptive, and full of feeling. Apart from that I enjoy a wide mix: science, history, murder mysteries, and SF, including Ray Bradbury, Val McDermid, Graham Masterton, John Connolly, Karin Slaughter, Oliver Sacks, Simon Garfield, Dennis Lehane, Neil Gaiman and Nathaniel Philbrick.
Hi Gill, thanks so much for reading and commenting on THE RUNAWAY--much appreciated! I am puzzled by your comment, though--the story IS through Josh's eyes. Do you mean change from 3rd to 1st perspective? Thanks, and peace...
Gill, "<a href="http://pureslush.webs.com/protein.htm">Protein</a>" at Pure Slush is a hell of a piece. The entrance into the workshop of death, with lines like: "Bunches of them, open beaked and broken necked, heavy in death." — absolutely over the sea fantastic. Allusions of mythical decay (bluebeard), and of Hitchcock in reverse. Loved this.
Gill, thanks a ton for your thoughtful comments on Wrestling with Genetics. So thrilled to see you in conversation with Susan Tepper in Monday Chat as well as all your successes lately. Makes me so thrilled for you.
Thanks for your comment, Gill! Twas a very nice thing to say! :)
Gill: Thank you for your reaction to "The Lost Boy." Perhaps if we all tell these stories enough, no one will forget the past.
What got me was that "Tony" fed LIVE mice to the snakes. Yikes! Thanks for reading & commenting on my story.
Gill thanks so much for what you said about my story "kid", really appreciate!!
Thank you for your support, Gil. Glad you liked my story.
Thanks so much for your sweet comment and fave on Lettie in the Ozarks. I hope it is part of a book someday!
Hi Gill: I appreciate your visit to "Abstinence" and your kind comments. Thanks!
Gil, thanks for reading and commenting on "Flying." Much appreciated.
Hi Gill. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. fos.
Thanks for your read & fav for "Visting Sally." Yes, indeed; "visiting" hurts sometimes. Almost always as a matter of fact.
Hi Gill, thanks for reading and commenting on The Pretenders, and a BIG thanks for pointing out my titular typo! fos.
Hi Gill, Thanks for reading and commenting on Eight States Away - I really appreciate both! And thanks for the fave, too. fos.
Nope, not a tot of rum. I was just a tot when I signed the pledge, though. Many moons later, I quit drinking. Thanks for the kind words and the *.
Hey Gill. Thanks so much for reading and digging "Earworm." Glad you enjoyed!
Gill, loved Snow go. But then I'm partial to most everything you write. . .
gill, as a red head (?) you are biased, but i still thank you for your kind comment on "ginger"!
Gill, Hope Angus and all are on the mend. Thanks for taking the time to read Tree Car Crash. Ten acceptances last month and I'm critiquing your work??? I am not worthy. . . .
Thank you! So happy. Onion style X
You have a sharp eye, Gill. Nobody else spotted the forbidden word! Thank you for your wonderful comment about "The Bicycle."
Oh, and thanks for the fav!
Gill, thanks for weighing in on the Great Bicycle Controversy. It's my fault, too, because I stirred the pot! I'm afraid I'm a troublemaker by nature. Have to admit it has been fun.
HA! What a coincidence!
Hi Gill, just wanted to thank you for reading and commenting on Cactus, both here and on FB. I really appreciate the time you spent. Fos.
Thanks for the nice words on The Lake Husband! I appreciated it.
Gill, thanks for your comments on "Pieces," and thanks for the fave!
Hi Gill: Thank you for your nice words about "The Human Condition." I appreciate that you stopped by.
Thanks for the tip, Gill. The Further Adventures of Mimi and Nancy? Coming right up.
Oh, no--another "tot" hater! Probably because a tot is something else in England. What do you call a "small child"? My dictionary says that's what tot means. Kids? Young'uns? Yuk! Children? Covers too much ground. Toddler? No that's a young tot--someone just learning to walk. Ah, me.
Thanks, Gill, for reading my 'beautiful and gross' piece! I agree on that one! More gross, I think. :-) Have a great day!
Thanks, Gill. Her name is Cricket, but also goes by Pig. She is a Yorkie/Schnauzer I believe.
ok. so i'm relieved that manolos is not based on real life. good stuff!
Gill thanks for reading and commenting on my poem Untitled. I like that you found it creepy and menacing, it's a new take on that one.
Hi Gill: Thanks for stopping by to read "Soir Bleu." I appreciate it much. Love your page photo.
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my poem. Interesting take! :) Welcome (seems you're new by the comments on here)!
Hi, Gill. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-6.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thanks, Gill, for the kind notice for 'that ringing.'
Gill, glad you like the visuals in my story "Old Age." It really is about showing and telling, isn't it?
Thank you for your comment on "Nothing Between Us."
Thank you so much for your comment on my short-short! Very encouraging!
thank you for the comments on "Change of Heart"!
Thanks for the comment on "11:11AM Eastern..." Looking forward to reading your work. Cheers!
Thank you for your lovely comment on my Ornamental Onion xx
thanks for reading and commenting on Hidden Reminders. I really appreciate the time you took for both. Yes, you got it just right...but it's not morbid for you to think it was her body - stuff like that could happen. Fos.
thanks for the comment on tinsel Gill, oh btw your stories are up on Carnage ;) let me know what you think, if you like the pictures, if everything looks right, so on and so forth! cheers!
Thank you for your comment on "Madness." As far as I know, she is playing her game, and I am subject to it... It isn't exactly unrequited, for she does return the feelings, I just am at a loss on how to go forward.
Gill, lovely response to Give Up? from a most lovely friend.
Gill, I thanked you on FB, and now I thank you here, for your kind words on "Spark and a Flash." Glad you enjoyed.
you are so kind, Gil. thank you for your support for my story "Strawberry Trees". Really appreciated! Hope you are having a great weekend!
Gill, thanks for what you said about "My Way." Yes, maybe I got a little carried away. I'm afraid it's the way my mind works.
Gill thanks so much for your sweet comments on Dear Knife, I appreciate! Also love your photo with Angus, just adorabe!
Gill, Thanks for your comment on "Sweet Dreams." I appreciate it.
Thanks, Gill, for reading "Mothering in Real Time" and welcome to Fictionaut!
Gill, thanks for your recent comments on my 3 Short Shorts. I appreciate them and you!
Thanks for commenting on "Demolition Derby," Gill. I really appreciate your stopping by and reading my work.
Welcome to Fictionaut!
Hi Gill! Thanks so much for your comment on "The Savoy" - I'm so pleased that you enjoyed reading it!
Gill, thank you for your very specific and kind comment on my story "Elizabeths"! Strongly appreciated!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Likely Story".
Hey, Gill. Thank you for leaving a comment on "Three-handed Bridge." Hope you're doing well.
Hi Gill. Thanks for reading my bus story, and thanks for the comment, too - I really appreciate both! fos.
I really appreciate you reading my poem, Gill, and commenting. Thank you!
Gill, thanks for reading and commenting on Sleepless #3. Much appreciated.
Aw, thanks MaryAnne! As ever, I'll be doing as much as my mischief of a three year old will allow - and that will most definitely include fictionaut-ing [if that is a verb?]
All the best, Gill
Gill, If A Bottle Of Raspberries is any indication of the quality of work you will be bringing to fictionaut all I can say is hurry and write more and post more! Welcome. Mar
Thanks, guys! Really looking forward to reading and commenting here. Might even dare to try 'fave-ing' once in a while. Won't be hard to find favourites given the quality of the work I've seen via facebook. Gill
Hi Gill, and welcome to Fictionaut! Have fun!
I am SO HAPPY to see that you have arrived on the Fictionaut scene, Gill! Welcome!