Gill Oliver is a Somerset-based author of three books; A Backward Glance, Art my Eye and Other Stories and her latest novel Joe Faber and the Optimists which is based on her real life experience of her husband suffering a stroke.
Of her writing, Gill says “In fiction, I’m drawn to issues that trouble, inspire or amuse me. And I love language, so I might just play with that. I feel a responsibility to reflect the way we live now, rather than leaving it to some future historian. It’s not just a question of ‘writing what you know’ – in fact, it’s a good idea to write about what you want to know. But I have this delusion that in reflecting on the present, we help shape the future. It’s hard to find an art form which is better adapted than the novel to examining the light and shade of human experience, and taking us beyond events into the thoughts and feelings of others.
I’m interested in real people, who find themselves in real situations. Pace, surprise, emotion, humour, crisp description – these are all things I aim to create. And to have fun doing it.”
Liz co-ordinated the online launch of ‘Joe Faber and the Optimists’ and works with Gill on the ongoing promotion of the book and her as a speaker, and pitching articles to magazines. She was recently featured in My Weekly.
“Like many authors, I was wary of the world of marketing and social media, yet I knew I had a project which deserved a wider audience. Liz has really helped me wrestle with this and gradually I’ve got a better grip on options; now complete strangers are reading my work. As well as guiding me through those first months of boot camp, she’s proved an invaluable ally, someone to bounce ideas off – a professional who has the skills I lack, but whose ethical values I share. “