What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
I think many critics overlook memoir writers, putting them in a different category from “real” literature. A memoir can be a beautiful work of art, as powerful as any piece of fiction – more powerful, in my mind, because it is fashioned from the real stuff of life.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
There are so many authors I would love to meet. One who comes to mind is Amy Tan - I love her writing, and from her memoirs I have the feeling she is someone I would enjoy talking to and getting to know better. Also, from her writing I know that we would never run out of material about our mothers to discuss!
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
I’m putting together a workshop that may turn into a full day of doing exercises from the book, discussing people’s results and insights, and sharing life stories. I’m very excited about how transformative such a workshop will be.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
Although I am a spatial dyslexic, I am the co-author of a best-selling book on using maps (Map Use) (written under my real name, Juliana – Jill is a life-long nickname that I now use in my writing). In my spare time I work as a “fake patient” at the University of Wisconsin Med School where I pretend to have various diseases to give the med students a chance to use their diagnostic skills and figure out what I suffer from. This gives me a chance to use my skills as a spy!
Jill Muehrcke can be found across the web.