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Listening To Books Is Fun

Posted by on Oct 13th, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Author Jill Amadio

Jill Amadio

I wrote an article last month for www.MysteryPeople.com about some British actresses who came to Hollywood for film work and found themselves also narrating audiobooks. Here are their stories:

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Tosca Goes Hollywood

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Tosca Trevant, star and amateur sleuth of the books, DIGGING TOO DEEP and DIGGING UP THE DEAD, visits the Woman’s Club of Hollywood on Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Her creator, author Jill Amadio, is a panelist at the monthly meeting of the club. The theme is “Ladies Who Murder” and includes Linda O. Johnston and Diane Vallere as fellow crime writers.flyer-for-jill

Fish Out of Water!

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Do I really feel like a fish out of water? Attendees of Malice Domestic writers conference April 29-May 1 in Bethesda, MD will find out when, as a panelist, I’ll talk about immigrating to America and the slight culture shock I experienced. So does my amateur sleuth, Tosca Trevant, in my second book in the series, “Digging Up the Dead.” We are both from St. Ives, Cornwall, and we both bemoan the lack of rain in Southern California, as well as the shocking lack of corner teashops. I have assimilated quite well, I believe, but Tosca still grumbles about not needing to carry her brolly (umbrella) every day, and not finding the right ingredients for brewing her home-made mead. One big difference: she is a younger Miss Marple in a leather mini-skirt but just as nosy, while I am a very private person who never meddles. Tosca solves murders. I just write about them.

Digging Up The Dead – Review

Posted by on Mar 19th, 2016 in Blog, Book Review | 0 comments

Ever since a royal scandal caused gossip reporter Tosca Trevant to get booted out of London, she has been scrambling to discover the investigative story that will get her assigned to a more legitimate British news outlet. A huge fan of classical noir mysteries, Tosca is thrilled to discover that California’s Isabel Island, where she is temporarily living with her professional race car driving daughter, is also the home of the granddaughter of one of Tosca’s favorite authors. Karma Sanderson is hosting a party commemorating the forty-third anniversary of the death of Fuller Sanderson, and Tosca is delighted to attend. Rumors are swirling around the existence of unpublished manuscripts, and Tosca would love to be the one to break the story in the press.

When Sanderson’s publisher drops dead in the middle of the party, Tosca once again finds herself in the midst of a suspicious death by poison. With the state of publishing in dire straits, there are more than enough suspects who would profit off of the works of the former bestselling author. While Karma’s gardening experience provides her with the means of the murder, Sanderson’s literary agent, the publisher’s editor, and an oddly involved collector all have their own investment in the rumored manuscripts. Tosca’s skills at uncovering tawdry royal secrets more than qualify her to poke into the just as corruptible world of publishing, and she enthusiastically tracks down the source of the poison, as well as the treasure hidden in a thumb drive.

The author delves into many different topics that will prove fascinating to readers. Book lovers will appreciate the exploration of the business side of publishing, from the literary rights to their promotion. Esoteric musical instruments, gardening, and very English tea are also examined, but the real focus falls on classical noir mysteries. Tosca is a delightfully sharp and observant detective, and her reporter skills provide her with an entry into the investigation. A Cornwall native with the gift of wielding creative Cornish explicatives, Tosca relentless pursues her story to its perilous end. Readers should be able to pick up clues laid out by the author early on, but Tosca keeps pace just as swiftly. This second in the series proves to be as rewarding as the first, and we can only hope that Tosca remains exiled in America for many years to come.

How Famous Author Anne Perry Lives Car-less in Los Angeles

Posted by on Aug 4th, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

 

Head shot of Ann Perry

Ann Perry

Living car-less in car-crazy Los Angeles is a challenge few Southern Californians would ever consider confronting, despite constantly clogged streets and highways. Living car-less here takes guts, patience, fortitude, great determination and a blithe confidence that things will work out. Anne Perry has all of these attributes and knows she will always get where she needs to go.
She has no qualms about taking public transportation if necessary although bus routes barely exist in some neighborhoods, and she appears to relish the freedom from worrying about finding a rare parking spot, and the potential stress of bashing into a Hollywood mogul’s Lamborghini. (more…)

Immortal At Last!

Posted by on Jul 8th, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Grateful to see that the Encyclopedia Britannica has published the section they asked me to write concerning Gunther Rall. The editor gave me a byline, as well as my photo and brief bio as the author of Rall’s biography, “Gunther Rall: Luftwaffe Ace and NATO General.” As long as the EB endures, and since it is now digital and up in the clouds, it could be forever!

Slogging Through Blogging

Posted by on Jan 13th, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Slogging Through Bloggging

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ID-100211058By Jill Amadio //

Remember when everyone frantically rushed to create a blog? And then we scrambled to be a guest blogger, accepting every invitation that came our way, and later joined the blog-hop craze? And after that we agonized over how often to blog and if readers were finding us?

That’s when some writers realized they were singing to the choir and either cut back on posts or quit altogether. Others decided they were spending too much time blogging, to say nothing of Facebooking, Twittering, LinkingIn, and Pinteresting, leaving fewer hours to work on their next book.

Blogging became such a phenomenon, in fact, that it has launched its own mini-industry with how-to books and tons of sites advising which platform to use and how, when, where, and to whom to blog. We are admonished to create a checklist, think up a theme, choose a catchy name, and, most important of all, to Post Daily! Pretty exhausting stuff. Some writers maneuvered around some of the machinations by simply adding a blog page to their book website; others found Blogspot or WordPress for individual blogs.

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This is My Life? Interview by Brian Humek.

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Jill Amadio Interview

A lot of our readers may be familiar with your books, but not know a lot about the writer behind them. So let’s start at the beginning. Where were you born and what, if anything in your childhood, helped mold you into the well respected and successful writer you are today?I am from St. Ives, Cornwall, on the southernmost tip of the UK. My hometown is a small fishing village. My father was an RAF bomber pilot and my mother had a school of dance. We had no television so our main entertainment was books and music.​ I had a love of words and won all the top English awards at school although my math skills were, and still are, non-existent. As soon as I finished a year at college I quit and went to live in London, seeking Real Life, where I got a job on a national newspaper, not as a reporter, but as a general dogsbody in the newsroom. I picked up tons of tips on how to cover a story and how to interview people because I’d listen in to reporters’ phone calls and read their copy. I also handled copy for what we call The Agony Column in England, the Ann Anders-type column but I got irritated with the columnist because she only responded in generalized ways rather than give the poor person seeking advice only the broadest of replies.

Can you remember teachers or other mentors who encouraged you to become a journalist? And was that your first choice for a career?

​I went to a Catholic boarding school where the nun/teachers taught us French and Latin, and the English teacher sent my essays in to national competitions. I was so intent on becoming a reporter I didn’t feel a need for mentors. I always knew I’d be a reporter. All it took was persistence because my hometown newspaper editor told me to pound sand, so I went to London instead.​ I was 17 -we finish high school at 16 -and I went to London University for just one year before finding my dream job – on a newspaper.
I could ask a thousand questions about your journalism career. I’m amazed that you worked for papers in locales such as London, Bangkok, Madrid and freelanced for several others. How would you describe your journalism career and was there any paper you didn’t work for but wish you had?

My first paper was what we describe as a yellow rag. It was like the National Enquirer, lots of juicy stories.​ My first week there the crime reporter took me to the pub where all the Scotland Yard detectives hung out. I got rip-roaring drunk, he told me later, turned green, and bolted for the door. I met an American engineer in London and we were married in Spain after he was transferred there. I wrote for the Spanish-American Courier in Madrid and covered most of the visiting velebrities who passed through. Then David Lean came to town to film “Dr. Zhivago.” I went out to the set to interview him and he invited me to be in the movie. I have one line playing opposite Omar Sharif!

Then we went to live in Bogota, Colombia where I was refused a work permit for the Engsh-language paper. So I freelanced. We soon moved to Bangkok, Thailand where I worked for the Bangkok Post, owned by Brits. I was a general reporter, lifestyles editor, and gossip columnist. It was all wonderful fun and great experiences until we remembered the Vietnam War had just ended a mere hour-long flight away, the War Next Door. Again, I interviewed all sorts of VIPs including Pat Nixon, Ingrid Bergman, and others. I was divorced by then and my husband wanted me to bring our three children up in the U.S. I asked author Philip Roth for advice on where to settle, and he suggested Westport, CT. So we relocated there and I worked for the Wesport News, and another paper. Then Gannett Newspapers in New York.
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Talking About Crime Writing

Posted by on Nov 6th, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m attending Bouchercon 2014, the premier annual crime writers conference being held this year in Long Beach, CA, from November 13-16. I’m very grateful to be a panelist along with Jeffrey Deaver, Bill Moody, and two other prestigious authors talking about how we use music as an element in our novels. The major clue in my mystery, “Digging Too Deep,” is a scrap of paper from a composition by Arnold Schoenberg. Our panel is on Friday, November 14, at 8.30 a.m.

Book award

Posted by on Oct 19th, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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Receiving The Award

Received my first book award for “Digging Too Deep” from presenter Wink Martindale, host of TV game shows i.e. Let’s Make a Deal. Irwin Zucker organized a fabulous event. Congrats to all the winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of the award received by Jill

Beautiful Award