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On seeking it just me?

Started Jul 25, 2013 0 Replies

Whether it’s a manuscript submission, article pitch, job application, fellowship application, awards submission I prefer to stand on my own merit, to let my writing and record speak for me. You…Continue

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"Loved your answers...especially 3 and 4 (I agree!)... and now I have another book to add to my wish list."
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Joanne C. Hillhouse commented on the blog post 'Tell Me Three Things (About Your Book).'
"What is it about? A girl and her guitar, a boy and his crew, a trickster spider, the truth about ‘Melanin’, family secrets, lots of music; and what happens when all this comes together over the course of an Antiguan summer. What was…"
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Who I am:
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Musical Youth - second placed for the 2014 Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean fiction -

Oh Gad! - a 2012 pick for NPR's Weekend Reds -!/Joanne-C-Hillhouse/9781593093914

The Boy from Willow Bend (Fiction; Hansib; UK) – 2009;
(Fiction; Macmillan; UK) - 2002 (

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (Fiction; Macmillan; UK) – 2004

Also poems and/or short stories have been published in various anthologies and journals, including:

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean

Small Axe (

Calabash (Volume 4, No 2

The Caribbean Writer (Issue 18 and Issue 24

Mythium (inaugural edition 2009

Tongues of the Ocean (October 2009

Sea Breeze (2008

St. Somewhere (Autumn 2010 edition -

Munyori (

Women Writers (special women and voodoo edition 2008

Ma Comère (Volume 3, 2000)

& others
Media outlets that I currently write for:
various, primarily in the Caribbean
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Plays, Journalism, Blog Posts, Screenwriting, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Yes, sometimes
Services I offer to other writers:
I provide writing and editing services, coaching and workshop facilitation.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
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To be Messy is Human

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 11:05am 0 Comments

In the movie Friends with Money, the Frances McDormand character was quite unlikeable…everyone in the movie thought so, every critic I read said so…and yet …her frustration at the person jumping the line, been there. But her calling out rude people for being rude (admittedly with great and increasing stridency) had friends and critics alike trotting out the C-word…no not that one, the one likely to have you prescribed mood altering medications…preferably by a professional.

From Fatal…


Processing Questions

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 11:39am 0 Comments

This blog post is in response to two recent questions, one posted in the comments section of this blog and one messaged to me on my facebook page. In reality, these are both variations of questions I’ve gotten since publishing my first book…


The Waiting Game or The Scraps of Things

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 2:23pm 0 Comments

Musical Youth, the manuscript of mine that placed second for the Burt Award in 2014 and is soon to be published, was fresh in my mind, recently, as I dug through my e-folder filled with scraps of things – unfinished things, ideas for things. If nothing fresher is present-please, I sometimes go, during my writing time, to this folder and rip and stitch these unfinished things. On this occasion, I opened a doc entitled The Guitar Lessons. Here’s part of the synopsis:

“… a girl who ……


Five A.M. Epiphany*

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 2:00am 4 Comments

It occurs to me that blogging (at least for some of the bloggers I follow) is a kind of therapy. You get it out, you release it, it’s gone…only unlike therapy, tons of folks are going to read about it and maybe judge you for it, but fuck it, you’ve released it, what do you care. And I suppose that’s what I do when I write. There’s an emotional disconnect that’s already set in by the time I actually publish the book, story, whatever… I  no longer feel exposed or embarrassed or protective of…


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At 11:00am on December 18, 2012, Aífe Murray said…

Apologies Joanne for misplacing your "house" -- and I should know as Hillhouse is the high school in my hometown!

At 9:35pm on November 4, 2012, Christine Lincoln said…

I'll check into that! I'd love to do another literay festival. And I agree, let's stay connected. If I can ever get you out my way. . . I'l keep you in mind. Who knows where things might lead.

At 3:56pm on October 18, 2012, Christine Lincoln said…

Of course I remember you and your beautiful writing. I'm really excited to see your book has come to fruition. I can't wait to order a copy. What are you working on now? I'm still plugging away. I write full time and currently I'm working on a story collection. I have a novel that's 2/3 done, but these stories were speaking so loudly I had to give an ear to them. I'd love to get back to the Caribbean though.

At 6:16pm on October 9, 2012, Christine Lincoln said…

Hi Joanne, thanks for the friend request. It's really good to see you again. Love the picture.   

At 6:47am on September 25, 2012, Helen W. Mallon said…

You're welcome, Joanne! I hope you're encouraged.

At 3:59am on May 16, 2012, Kendra Bonnett said…

Hi Joanne, thanks for the friend invitation. Kendra

At 3:34am on April 28, 2012, Catherine McNamara said…
Hi Joanne, hope is going well with your book. Hard work, isn't it?! Ciao cat
At 5:37pm on April 18, 2012, Caroline Bock said…

hi!  I'm not sure... you mean to submit to great group reads consideration??  I would go to the WNBA website and email someone there -- they tend to work with established publishing houses. I just read the books that's all:)!!  WNBA is more of  a networking group ... does that help??  Thanks for reading my post!!  Best, Caroline

At 10:17am on February 27, 2012, Zetta Brown said…

Hi Joanne! Thanks for the friendship add. BTW, I put "The Boy from Willow Bend" on my wish list at Amazon. I've been reading some Caribbean literature lately and want to read more.

At 6:15pm on January 24, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

:-) Now your friend request has disappeared, so I sent one to you. Great photo, btw. I love black and white. So much texture.



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