Interview with Jill Hannah Anderson, Author of The To-Hell-And-Back Club
Please describe what the story is about.
A newly-empty nester with a comatose marriage, loses her three friends in a car crash. Struggling on her own, she reaches out to women in the To-Hell-And-Back Club, hoping they’ll help resuscitate her life.
The To-Hell-And-Back Club is an inspiring book that reminds us that it’s never too late to start over, and that living a life of regrets is no life at all.
Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.
If you don’t understand the need for the “Hell Club”, then you just haven’t lived long enough.
What do you want people to know about your book?
Most women will be able to relate to this book which focuses on the importance of friends who help get us through the rough spots in life.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this novel?
How important my friends have been to me over the years. I have no sisters, so I am extra thankful for my girlfriends.
What was your timeline from drafting to publication?
About four years, working on it part-time off and on (but thinking about it full-time!), until the book was accepted for publication.
What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?
I really enjoy creating characters, thinking I’ve made them well-rounded people, and then finding out they end up doing things in the story that surprise me. Yes, I know, you’d think I had better control over them!
Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from?
My best friend had been struggling both health-wise and emotionally, and I was “losing” her. Four of us women had done so much together over the years, and I asked myself what I’d do if I lost all three of them. She passed away the year after I started writing this book, which fueled my desire to see it through to publication.
When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress?
When I’m walking or running. Knowing my memory isn’t the best, I stop and send myself an email with my phone of my brilliant-at-the-time plot ideas.
Share something people may be surprised to know about you?
I started playing the organ at our church when I was ten years old.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Network. Reach out to other like-minded writers and authors . Support them in their works. We’re all in this tough business together.
Book #2 is called Crazy Little Town Called Love. Molly is a character from the “Hell Club” in book #1, and this is her story.
What personal touch did you give this story?
All fifteen of our grand-kids are named in this book!
Peyton Brooks, a newly-empty nester with a comatose marriage, loses her three friends in a car crash, and reaches out to women in the To-Hell-And-Back Club, hoping they’ll help resuscitate her life.
Through this club, Peyton learns it’s never too late to begin again. These been-there-felt-that women use their sense of humor, strength, and support to help her rebuild her life.
But when Peyton uncovers secrets about those she loved, she struggles to keep her own life-changing secret buried. The “Hell Club” reminds her it’s never too late to start over, and that living a life of regrets is no life at all.