Jill
Meengs


Events

  • November 10, 2014: Trigger goes into final production for publishing
  • December 9,  2014: Trigger is available on iBooks and on Amazon in e-format and in paperback.
  • January 27, 2015: Official Release date for Trigger
  • January, 2015: Release party and other events for Trigger will be scheduled.
  • Spring 2015: The manuscript for Trapped, the sequel to Trigger should be complete and ready to be submitted to Booktrope Publishing.

Trigger -
How Far Would You Go to Learn the Truth?

Trigger Book Cover

Trigger Release date: January 2015
 
Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man hunting her is to kill him. She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, some of their blood is on her hands, and she wouldn’t have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Even though she isn’t sure she can trust Chase, she believes she needs him to discover the truth.

Two days before, life was pretty good as she backpacked around Europe with her best friend.  Now, everything has changed and she may not even live through the night.  What started as a summer trip of self-discovery has become a dangerous journey across three countries as Jordan is forced into a world few know exist and even fewer survive.  A clandestine international organization that will let nothing stand in their way has put a price on her head.  Despite all the uncertainty, there are two things that she is absolutely sure of; she has one chance to out-manuever a world class killer, and she has to make that move right now.

Backstory for Trigger:

Citing what he call's her flagrantly overactive imagination, Jill’s husband Chad has always said that she should write a book. As they were close to finishing the full remodel of their first home, he started to encourage her to really give writing a book a try. Finally, he resorted to bribing her. For the price of a nice flat screen for the bedroom and a shopping spree, Jill made a commitment that she had no idea would end up lasting for almost six years!

The first step in this process was to sit down and put together an outline. Jill had several goals when she started brainstorming; one was to write a book that she actually wanted to read. Second, she wanted the main character be a strong woman that others could look up to, relate to, and who was perfectly capable of turning around and saving the leading man, even if she needed to be saved herself a time or two. Finally, having spent considerable time traveling abroad, Jill wanted to use that in her writing. She has been to every location in Trigger and some of the content is based on her experiences while backpacking. During her morning jogs and her hours commuting to work she gradually put together an outline.

Once she had what she considered a viable story she got to work. For two to three hours every night after a full eight hour day of work and two hours of commuting Jill would sit at the breakfast bar in her kitchen and work on Trigger. Chad was usually sitting right next to her working on his computer as well. More than two years, and over 100,000 words later the rough manuscript was complete.

While self-editing for the next three years Jill spent a considerable amount of time sending out queries to literary agents and learning to deal with rejection. She even started the sequel, but progess on it was slow since her focus was on publishing Trigger. Eventually, Jill’s sister-in-law introduced her to published poet and creative writing teacher, Ann Staley. Ann, her husband Courtney, Jill and Chad struck up an immediate friendship. Ann generously helped Jill edit Trigger and introduced her to own publisher, Booktrope. In June of 2014, over 5 years after starting to brainstorm ideas for a book, Jill received an offer from Booktrope to publish Trigger.

Now that the she had found a publisher the editing process could begin in earnest. Working with the amazing people at Booktrope, a creative team including an editor, proofreader, cover artist, and a book manager came together to work on Trigger. Jill and her editor spent several months meticulously going through the manuscript, then the proofreader stepped in to help polish it up. The cover artist put together a fantastic cover concept that captured exactly what Jill had envsioned for Trigger. Finally, after putting the final touches on the manuscript herself, Jill submitted it for the publication process in November of 2014.

What now you may be thinking? Now she can finally focus on the sequel!