Writer Of The Week: Jill Barry

This week we chat to Jill Barry whose pocket novel, “Finding Her Prince” comes out this Thursday.


Tell us about your pocket novel, “Finding Her Prince”.

I’ve always loved a fairy tale! And I suspect I’ve drawn on an element of Cinderella when writing “Finding Her Prince”. My heroine’s dreams do come true, but not without some nail-biting moments along the way.


Do you prefer writing longer length stories?

I began my writing career with short stories published in literary and women’s magazines, including “The People’s Friend”, but I soon decided to try longer length stories with the chance to explore characters in more detail, and am proud to have numerous mainstream publications, plus Pocket Novels which are also available in public libraries as Linford Romances.


What comes first? The main character or the plot?


This is an interesting question. Sometimes my main character arrives in my head, demanding to tell her story. In my latest Pocket Novel’s case, the plot came to me after reading something related to the late Princess Grace’s wedding to her own fairytale prince.

Jill’s pocket novel is out on Thursday.

Which authors do you enjoy reading?

I particularly enjoy reading novels by Liz Fielding and Jojo Moyes. But  there are also many hugely-talented Pocket Novel authors – too many to mention!


What is your writing routine like?

I’m currently visiting my family in Melbourne so sneaking in some writing in the quiet area of Fitzroy local library. Back home in Wales, I still prefer a morning start and like to use the afternoons too. My long-suffering partner is great at leaving me to it and evenings are for chatting, reading or watching “catch up” TV.


What are your future writing plans?

Hopefully, my future writing plans will involve the creating of interesting characters and intriguing plot lines, whether historical or contemporary.

I should love to include my thanks for all the support from my editor, my fellow Pocket Novelists, and of course our loyal readers.


Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!