Thursday, January 16, 2014

Interview with Jill Sayre for The Fairies of Turtle Creek



Come and join me as I talk with author Charles Strong about his book Butterflies in Autumn on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1 pm EST today.

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Inifinity Oak Books (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988506645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988506640

  • Summary:

    Claire is a science-minded 13 year old whose brother is away fighting in the Iraq War. Her family life has changed and so she turns to her books and sketching by the creek. Then, her estranged and eccentric grandmother comes to live with Claire and her family. Grandma teaches her skeptical granddaughter to believe in magic, hope, love, and...fairies!


    Jill K. Sayre had lived all of her life in a small town in California, but suddenly moved to Texas, looking at it as an adventure. Little did she know she’d fall in love with her new town, especially with the beautiful creek that runs through it.

    The Fairies of Turtle Creek is her first novel, set in Highland Park, Texas. Drawing on the history of the area, she sets the stage for her story, weaving in folklore and modern fairy beliefs. Magical realism is a favorite of Jill’s, to read and write. She also loves nature, art, music, and seeking everyday beauty that is hidden in plain sight. Jill holds a degree in art and elementary education, specializing in gifted students. She currently teaches children and teens at a local conservatory.
    Jill is a professional writer, freelance editor, and educator. She also is an educational speaker on such subjects as "Writing Your First Book" and "Helping Your Child Become a Better Reader."

    Jill lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a vizsla..


    The Fairies of Turtle Creek is a story of life at its fullest. The twist and turns the story takes as the main character, Claire, figures out what she truly believes, is a wonderful ride. Claire has put up a wall around her heart to block out emotions she doesn't want to feel. With a brother in the military, the thought of caring for someone so much and then having a chance of them dying, frightens her beyond belief. But one day she comes upon the possibility that fairies could exist. She can hear them fluttering about her, warning her of something. Or were those just insects flying about?

    Being logical and science minded, her motto is, "If you can't see it, then it doesn't exist." But that all changes when an estranged grandmother comes to visit, opening up Claire's heart and mind to the unbelievable, and breaking down her wall of disbelief by showing her love and understanding. With the help of her grandmother, Claire finds her true self, a person that can believe in the magic of the unknown and the thought of what could be. A life of possibilities.  

    The author creates a story mixed with relatable emotions. Teens and tweens will enjoy this 322 page novel. 


    1. Thank you for being on my show today! Your story is touching and heartfelt.

      1. I love your synopsis of my book~ very well done! I am excited to speak to you today and I appreciate all you do for authors such as myself.