ABOUT JILL K. SAYRE

  • Born and raised in southern California, Jill moved to Dallas, Texas and was inspired to write. She majored in Art at UCLA where she got her BA and went on to become a credentialed teacher, earning her Masters at SMU at age 54, focusing on creative writing. Her Capstone project is a program for teachers to practice in their classrooms, aiding children to deal with personal trauma through reading, writing, and art. 

     

    Her first book, The Fairies of Turtle Creek, is woven with the things she considers enrichments of life, like nature, science, art, folklore, and the history of the early 1900s. Jill illustrated the beginning of every chapter and much of the story takes place along Turtle Creek, in Dallas, near her home.


    Jill has been an educator for more than 16 years. Her greatest joy is to see the growth of writing skills in her students. She works as a writing coach, tutor, and teaches small-group creative writing and mixed media art classes.


    She is currently working on a story called, Grotesque, with gargoyles that come to life. There are also plans for a second book in the Fairies series, which is set in Maui, Hawaii with sea sprites, mermaids, and the Hawaiian gnomes called menehunes! To learn more about Jill and her books, go to www.jillksayre.com.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I grew up around creative people and went to college to become an artist, specializing in drawing, painting, and lithography. Now I ‘paint with words.’ I am a retired educator where I loved inspiring an enthusiasm for reading and confidence in writing.

    The future of books largely depends on keeping the magic of reading alive. It is my passion to write books that bridge the gap between early readers and young adult books, so that children will consistently, and passionately, get lost in stories.


    One of my favorite quotes is: 

    “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”  ~ Roald Dahl

    I love writing about twists in reality and everyday magic.