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No Turning Back


It’s that time of year again…the leaves are turning and hordes of book lovers are descending on my home town.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is always such a great event, particularly when it’s on the doorstep. I am renowned for being useless at catching buses and frequently miss them … I swear I have timetable dyslexia!

So it was a miracle that we made it to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s talk about the impact of her work and fantastic feminist views. I have enjoyed all of her novels. My favourite is probably Purple Hibiscus (another lent out never to return) followed very closely by Half of a Yellow Sun. If you enjoy great fiction with superb characters and plot and fancy losing yourself for a few days, read them. You won’t be disappointed.

The following day we made it (I know, weird right? Two days in a row and I negotiate the bus network!) to a superb discussion on the Syrian conflict hosted by Lindsey Hilsum. Lyse Doucet, BBC’s Chief International Correspondent was a great speaker; passion and knowledge abounded.

I couldn’t resist buying a copy of No Turning back by one of the other panellists, Rania Abouzeid; an outstanding journalist with many stories to share. Alfie (my son and companion to the festival) was very happy with his signed copy.

After a delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese crepe in the food tent and a discreet distribution of Dance with Fireflies bookmarks on tables, we made the last bus home…..unfortunately, the only bus back wasn’t exactly a direct route. We alighted at The Rising Sun pub on Cleeve Hill and walked through two fields of sheep as the light faded. Luckily I wore trainers and not heels (I’m not really a heel kind of person). Almost home, our house in sight, the mother of all rams, big, black and well hung, stood in the only gateway, blocking our path home.

A bit of flapping about with the newly acquired Waterstone’s bag with the aptly titled No Turning Back book inside, finally worked on the stubborn beast and our journey was complete.











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More little piggies off to market!


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December 13, 2016 · 9:32 am

Goodreads giveaway



I’m running another book giveaway with Goodreads! It’s a great way to get lots of avid readers to notice Dance with Fireflies. The first time I did this was at its launch. It attracted 1792 entries from people who wanted to win a signed copy, 780 of these readers added it to their ‘to read’ list…. Not bad!

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One hell of a ride!



It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since the launch of Dance with Fireflies. 12 months ago, I would never in my wildest dreams have imagined what was to follow!

Here are just a few of the amazing things that have happened since the launch:

Speaker at The Kumaon Literary Festival in India.

Book of the Month in Devon Life magazine.

Reviews and features in magazines and papers, including : Cotswold Life & Devon Life.

Invited to be on the Fellows of Nature South Asia short story jury panel.

A mention in The Times of India.

Selected for ‘Reads on the road’ Travel book recommendations.

Youtube interview for Reader’s Club Delhi.

Blog interview on IndigoEast’s travel blog https://www.indigoeast.co.uk/dance-with-fireflies-author-jane-gill-on-her-indian-inspirations/

Celebrity interest: Caroline Quentin, Jan Leeming, Rosemary Shrager, Tony Singh and Bobby George…

Fantastic 5* reviews on Amazon.

Selected for bookclub reads, from cheltenham to India.

Stocked in a multitude of bookshops.

 I will be featuring in the July issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

…and to cap it all…this week I was called ‘Doll’ by the legendary Bobby George, sent a kiss by Caroline Quentin and received a beautiful thank you card from the one and only Jan Leeming!









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Mahesh Rao, author of One Point Two Billion, shares his thoughts on writing short stories.

I was lucky enough to meet this amazing author whilst attending The Kumaon Literary Festival. His new book, One Point Two Billion, is a fantastic collection of very powerful short stories. I’m extremely chuffed to have my very own signed copy!

Mahesh has been kind enough to take some time out of his very busy schedule to answer my author questions.

Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and has lived in the UK and in India. His short fiction has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Baffler, Prairie Schooner and Elle. His debut novel, ‘The Smoke Is Rising’, won the Tata First Book Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Crossword Prize. ‘One Point Two Billion’, his collection of short stories, was published in October 2015.


What form does your writing take?

I’ve become addicted to writing short stories but I may have to wean myself off for a while and return to my incomplete novel. There are very different pleasures that attach to each form.

How often do you write?

I try to write on most days but there is definitely an ebb and flow. If events or promotions or admin tasks crowd in, there will be far less writing. Sometimes travelling can be really productive: I’ve written quite a bit on trains and planes.

How does writing make you feel?

Depends on how the day has gone. Sometimes elated, sometimes queasy, sometimes depressed. And some days, like the Dorothy Parker quote: ‘I hate writing. I love having written.’

Where/when do you write?

In my study. I start in the mornings and then it’s anyone’s guess when to stop. I’m also often scribbling things in a notebook wherever I am.

What do you write about?

Anything that takes my fancy!

What’s the best thing about writing?

Being happy with a sentence that you feel you can’t better.

How long have you been writing for?

Six years.

If you would like to purchase one of Mahesh’s fabulous books, click on the link below.


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Book of the month sticker

I’ve just received my new stickers that now adorn the front cover of Dance with Fireflies….. Rather pleased with them! I think it gives the book a certain kudos. Just popped into my local stockist to stick one on each copy ready for the Christmas rush, after last night’s article in the local newsletter!




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Chuffed with my Amazon ranking


I’ve just discovered how to find my Amazon ranking. This is interesting, not only as someone who has written a book and wants to see how it’s doing in the big wide world, but also as a buyer of books. If you scroll down to product details, you’ll find it tucked away at the bottom. Dance with Fireflies (Kindle) is ranked 38,544. One of my favourite books of all time: City of Djinns by William Dalrymple is ranked 32,097 so I’m pretty chuffed with that!

Bizarrely, the number one book in the Kindle store is Grey and hasn’t actually been released yet!

This is what the ranking equates to in terms of book sales:

Amazon Best Seller Rank 50,000 to 100,000 – selling close to 1 book a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 10,000 to 50,000 – selling 5 to 15 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 5,500 to 10,000 – selling 15 to 25 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 3,000 to 5,500 – selling25 to 70 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 1,500 to 3,000 – selling70 to 100 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 750 to 1,500 – selling 100 to 120 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 500 to 750 – selling120 to 175 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 350 to 500 – selling175 to 250 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 200 to 350 – selling 250 to 500 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 35 to 200 –selling500 to 2,000 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank 20 to 35 – selling 2,000 to 3,000 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank of 5 to 20 – selling3,000 to 4,000 books a day.

Amazon Best Seller Rank of 1 to 5 – selling4,000+ books a day. 

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