Blog radio, podcasts, and on-camera interviews, oh my

One of the weirdest things about listening to myself give an interview is how I sound in an interview. I mean, is that really my voice? Do I really talk like that? Clearly I do, but it's completely different than how I sound in my head!

I've had the opportunity to do a few interviews in the past few weeks to help promote THE BUTCHER (out now!), so if you've got a few minutes and want to hear me talk, here they are:

Audio interview with Red Carpet Clash (sorry for the poor sound quality on my end – I was on my cell phone). Also, warning, I giggled A LOT:

Podcast interview with Cary Barbor from BooksAndAuthors (done in NYC at her studio):

On-camera interview with Jessica Mazo from Martini Productions (done in NYC at ThrillerFest):

Fun fun!

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Reader emails (99% awesome, 1% waaah, leave me alone)

So my new book, THE BUTCHER, came out last Tuesday (yay!) and among the many awesome things that happen when a book is released are the lovely emails I get from people I've never met.

It's out now! This would make a lovely gift for someone, yes? *hint hint*

Obviously I'm not talking about those spam emails for sexual dysfunction pills or online dating sites (which I get anyway, and have nothing to do with releasing a book). The emails I'm referring to are from folks who, from somewhere in the world, have read my book and liked it (or were annoyed by it!) enough to send me an email about it.

99% of the reader emails I get are absolutely delightful. I make a point to respond to every single one, though I may not always be timely (and I'm sorry about that, as writing and that pesky thing called life can sometimes steal all my energy for the day). But I do always reply, and usually quite joyfully. I love talking to readers! Hell, I would love talking to readers even if I wasn't a writer. We're a unique little club, we are.

Here are a few examples of the delightful emails I receive:

Dear Jennifer,

I loved your book FREAK! You kept me up way too late last night reading, but it was worth it! I have to know, what happens to Abby?




Dear Jennifer,

My mom lent me her copy of CREEP, and I loved it and have passed it along to my friend Myrna, who said she'll finish it by tomorrow, and then lend it to her coworker Alan, who loves thrillers.

Yours truly,

*extremely delightful*


Dear Jennifer,

I'm such a fan of your work and can't wait to dive into THE BUTCHER! I've just ordered it and so did everyone in my family and social circle, and everyone in their families and social circles as well. You're just that amazing.

Love and adoration,

*ridiculously delightful* *and also a total fantasy, this has never been emailed to me* *but one can hope*

But not every email is delightful. I would say a full 1% of the emails I get are decidedly non-delightful.

Here are a few examples of the non-delightful emails I get:

Dear Ms. Hillier,

I have read your novel CREEP and while I thought it was okay, I counted and you used the word 'fuck' 96 times. I get that your book is about a sex addict and a serial killer, but why so much profanity? For that reason I can't recommend this novel to anyone and I highly recommend that you refrain from using such harsh language in your future books.


*well, fuck*


Dear Jennifer Hillier,

I just finished reading FREAK. I used to be an inmate at a maximum security prison and I did not think your prison scenes were realistic. If you want to hire me as a consultant for your next book, I would be happy to make sure you get your facts straight. We can discuss payment at a later date. What's your home address?

Yours truly,

*what the hell*


Dear Jennifer,

I enjoyed your book, but couldn't help but notice the following errors/typos/inaccuracies:

p. 43 - error
p. 92 - error
p. 101 - typo
p. 289 - inaccurate - did you get this from Google?


*waaah* *curls up into fetal position, sucks thumb*

Non-delightful emails instantly remind me that what I do is creative and subject to public opinion. Everybody who reads a book is absolutely entitled to say what they think about it, and not everybody will like it, for lots of reasons. And that can be hard for someone like me, who's a "people-pleaser" by nature. But if you want to publish a book, then feedback in all its forms are part of the package that publishing comes with.

Also, mistakes in a novel will still slip through to the finished product, despite the fact that the book has been revised at least four times by me, and worked on with an editor (usually twice), and then a copy editor, and then edited again using the professionally typeset pages another two more times. Mistakes suck, but they happen (and I still want to stamp my feet in frustration when they do).

But then a delightful email pops into my inbox, and all is right with the world again.

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ThrillerFest & THE BUTCHER

The most wonderful time of the year is when my new book releases at the same time as my most favorite conference!

It's July, so of course I headed to NYC for ThrillerFest, which is THE place to be if you're a writer (or fan) of the genre. Can you believe this was my fifth trip? FIFTH!

As usual, it was a whirlwind trip, filled with lunches and dinners and panels and interviews and work stuff and fun stuff, oh my.

The fun stuff:

Dinner with my good friend Hilary Davidson and her husband, Dan at Rosa Mexicano, my new favorite Mexican place.

An evening at the Comedy Cellar in the West Village with my good friend David Batista, where Aziz Ansari just happened to stop in and do a set! Followed by a killer dinner at my new favorite Cuban place, Cuba.

Waiting for the subway at Grand Central. Darren and I were trying to pretend as if we were real New Yorkers, but if David hadn't been with us, we have gotten so lost.

Dinner with my good friends Alex and Dean in Chelsea at GustOrganics, my new favorite organic restaurant.

This was actually at Bareburger, where we had fattening milkshakes for dessert AFTER our extremely healthy dinner. Gotta keep it balanced, ya know. Alex and I always do a selfie when we get together – why break tradition?

Uh... can you tell I love food? Every food is my favorite food while I'm eating it!

The work stuff (which also happens to be fun stuff):

An on-camera interview with Jessica Mazo from Martini Productions.

This was very cool! I'll a post a link when the interview is up on their site.

My panel, called "Going Out or Going Online?", where Chelsea Cain, Christopher Rice, Heather Graham, LA Starks, and Lisa Gardner and I discussed book tours vs. social media promotion, with our panel master Jenny Milchman. Our panel was packed! Standing room only.

A savvy panel attendee pointed out the shattered glass in the picture behind where Chelsea and I were sitting. Bullet hole? Sling shot? It was, like, SO TOTALLY APPROPRIATE.

Finally got to say hello in person to ThrillerFest Award nominee Owen Laukkanen! We only have about a bajillion mutual friends, so it was about time.

You can't tell how tall Owen actually is from this picture. He scrunched down for me.

Lunch with my agent from Levine Greenberg Rostan, Victoria Skurnick, and my publicist from Gallery Books, Stephanie DeLuca, at SipSak, a yummy Turkish restaurant.

A podcast interview with Cary Barbor from Books and Authors, in a very cool studio.

Fun times at the studio! I'll post a link to this one too when it's up.

I finally got to meet Shannon Raab, the Creative Director of Suspense Magazine. I wanted to hug her but refrained – after all, we just met! But Suspense Magazine has been so, so good to me, and to my books.

And of course, ThrillerFest is always the first place you can buy my new book! Here's THE BUTCHER on the front table at the conference... always so exciting to see it on sale for the first time.

This never gets old.

By the way, the book is out today! Yay! Click HERE for buy links... or go look for it at your local bookstore!

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