Like her life, Jill has had an eclectic writing career. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she moved to New York City to become a professional songwriter. Signed as a staff writer to Gil-Pincus Music, Inc. she provided songs for many popular recording artists of the day. When record producer Stephen Schwartz (author of Godspell, Pippin, Wicked) heard her voice on a demonstration record, he signed her to a recording contract at RCA Victor. Jill then became a performing artist, playing both guitar and piano. Moving to Los Angeles, she switched hats again and worked at Beechwood-Capitol Music as the first female general professional manager of a music publishing company. (On a personal note, she was married to 2-time Oscar winning songwriter Joel Hirschhorn.)
"Ever since I was a little girl going to New Haven with my dad to see previews of Broadway shows, I knew I wanted to write a musical someday," says Jill. After work-shopping Aesop In Central Park at Theatre West in Hollywood—rewriting the book and score until 150 members gave their approval—she eventually teamed up with the late Gene Persson (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) to transform her original idea into a Brodway musical titled Rainbow Jones. She is in the theatrical history books as "the first and only woman to write book, music and lyrics for a Broadway musical."
Next she became a feature writer and celebrity interviewer with regular monthly columns in "Cat Fancy," "Dog Fancy," "The Herbalist," "Songwriter," "Vegetarian Times." She also wrote for the slicks such as "Seventeen," "Family Circle" and "The Saturday Evening Post." Other pursuits at the time included going to broadcasting school, getting her FCC license and creating her own syndicated show called "On the Spot" where she interviewed celebrities like Tony Bennett, Gene Kelly and Pat Boone.
By now she'd had her first book published ("Secrets of The Stars") and liked being a published author. Next came an assignment from HPBooks to write a how-to manual on pet photography ("How To Photograph Pets And Animals"). Moving to Vancouver, B.C., Jill then sold Self Counsel Press on the idea of a book to help people write snappy little notes. ("Quick Notes & Fast Quotes For Every Occasion"). After that, came another musical (Sex-Rated, The Musical) for The Vancouver Fringe Festival. The work was so well received Jill was given a sizable grant to develop it into a full length musical.
Next came her poetic period.
"This fellow I was dating introduced me to Wordsworth, Blake and Byron. I became intrigued with formal poetry and soon found myself thinking, 'I can do that!” says Jill. And she did. With two poetry collections to her credit ("The Nature Sonnets" and "A Weakness For Men"), she began winning awards for her verses. After 9-11, she moved back to the United States. To Sedona, Arizona. There she created and ran a monthly poetry evening called "Poets Night Out." After that, Jill needed to recharge her creative batteries. It took half a dozen years.
With this memoir, "Confessions of a Love Addict," Jill enters a new stage of development as a memoirist. Some of Jill's other accomplishments include: creative writing teacher at Vancouver Community College, the Leisure Trends commentator for CBC Radio, jingle writer for Ford Motor Company at J. Walter Thompson. And perhaps the most quirky acomplishment of all, she is one of the few North American women to dive off the Acapulco cliffs.
She is also a visual artist. Check out: http://www.sedonarugpaintings.com/