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PARAVIEW GUEST PRESENTER:
Paraview Pocket Books author, Jill Morrow has explored
a variety of pursuits over the years, and finds that writing is one of
the most wonderful ways to share them. Her personal experiences add
color to each novel. A college research paper on medieval convents
helped her latest book,
The Open Channel come to life. Like her protagonist, Kat
Piretti, Jill practiced law for a time. As an actress, Jillís favorite
past roles include Eva in
Evita and the Narrator in
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her current
work-in-progress unfolds against the world of theater. All life
experiences become fair literary game, including the
paranormal/spiritual ones that helped create the Angel Café
Her first novel,
Angel Café was born from a conversation she overheard years
ago. It concerned a woman who had contacted a psychic for advice and
received answers so accurate that she began to rely upon his opinion
regarding everything. She called the psychic not only for the big things
(love, career, money) but for the little things as well (what should I
eat, what should I wear?). Angel Café set out to explore the
question of why someone would give a near stranger so much control and
authority. Since the characters still had opinions on the subject by the
end of the book, The Open Channel continued their story.
Jill has completed a third installment of the Angel Café story,
and is currently writing a fourth, unrelated novel set in Boston (yes,
another personal connection.) She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
You can visit her website at
JILLíS TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS
I wish I could describe myself with all sort of glowing adjectives, but
the most honest one that springs to mind is ďbusy.Ē There are never
enough hours in a day to do everything I mean to do. This means that I
ask a lot from the books I find time to read. I like to be transported
into a story, totally impressed by the brilliance of a concept, engaged
enough that thoughts of what I should be doing instead of reading donít
enter my mind.
On the ďtransported into a storyĒ level, I love two titles by Jodi
Keeping Faith, about a childís sudden visions and assertion
that God is female, fascinated me with its ability to examine ďfaithĒ
through the eyes of religion, psychology and media.
Plain Truth allowed me a glimpse into a world I knew little
about Ė the Amish community Ė supported by a sharp mystery with
For pure brilliance, I was blown away by Audrey Niffeneggerís
The Time Travelerís Wife. The concept of a man who randomly
disappears into the past or future, usually into portions of his own
life, utterly intrigued me. I also admired the exceptionally controlled
storytelling in Jeffrey Eugenidesí novel
Middlesex: A Novel, the unusual coming-of-age story of a
hermaphrodite set against the American immigrant experience.
For utter brain candy I enjoy quirky nonfiction. Iím currently enjoying
Jan Harold Brunvandís
Too Good To Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends.
Weíve all heard them, possibly even shared them; itís fun to see where
they started in the first place!
Okay, I admit it, I donít watch much on any sort of screen. Itís hard
for me to find the time to sit still long enough. When I do, my tastes
are fairly satirical. My favorite movie of all time is
Waiting for Guffman, a Christopher Guest parody on small town
community theater. Because of my own theater background, I get a kick
out of the spot-on nuances. I also love Ben Stillerís
Zoolander. For a quick trip into the lush Tuscan countryside, I
like Kenneth Branaghís
Much Ado about Nothing Ė with an eclectic collection of actors
from stage and screen itís escapism at its best. |
I like just
about all musical styles, and which one I listen to at any given moment
depends upon my mood. My current fave is the Brian Setzer Orchestra,
The Ultimate Collection (recorded live in Montreal in 2004.) For a
hot, contemporary take on Big Band music, this recording canít be beat. I
also like Nellie McKayís
Get Away from Me. No musical list for me would be complete without
show music. Right now Iím revisiting
Hairspray (letís celebrate Baltimore, Hon) and Elton Johnís
Aida. On the classical side, I welcome
Gilbert and Sullivan.|
Iím a mostly utilitarian web surfer, Iím afraid. Thereís just not much time
for me to visit sites other than the ones necessary for running my life (a
bland mix of school websites and search engines, Iím afraid; I wonít subject
anyone to hearing about it.) Other than that, Iím fond of
writers.net for the
low-key info about writing it provides, and I feed my own guilty theater
habit with playbill.com.
The Open Channel
Just when you wanted moreÖ the intriguing
sequel to Angel Café.|
Angel Cafe A paranormal mystery thriller with a touch of
The Power of Purpose Awards 2004 A truly inspiring and
touching collection of essays from the winners of a worldwide Templeton
Read Loren Colemanís latest predictions on how
The Copycat Effect is impacting global terror trends.|
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