2K18 Member Spotlight: Jessie Hilb
BOOK TITLE: The Calculus of Change
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2018
About THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE
Aden isn’t looking for love her senior year. She’s much more interested in landing a solo gig at Ike’s, keeping her younger brother out of trouble, and preventing her best friend from pursuing a risky and illicit affair.
But then Tate walks into Calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, and Aden’s heart is gone in an instant.
A tantalizingly warm friendship forms between them, complete with long drives, epic soundtracks, and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom—and her mom’s faith—than she has since her mother died. Everyone else sees Aden and Tate’s connection, but does he?
In Jessie Hilb’s compassionate debut novel, a young woman navigates friendship, family bonds, heartbreak, and the challenge of defining herself on her own terms.
Jessie Hilb holds a Masters in Social Work and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family and ever-loyal herding dog. She constantly reinvents herself. THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE is her first novel.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?
So many things inspired me to write this book. To be honest, it started with an “unrequited love” experience I had of my own. But reading and poetry and music and every experience I’ve had since that high school romance-that-never-was has informed and inspired the writing of this book. Plus, while I love a good romance myself, there are so many love stories out there where the lovers end up together. I wanted to write something a bit different than that.
BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
The only rule you will ever need to follow when drafting a book is: write. You can always make your book the thing you want it to be, but only if you write it.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FURRY WRITING SIDEKICK.
Bella is a skiddish but loyal and gentle rescue dog. She’s an astute reader. She enjoys long walks in the woods, salmon skin, lots of cuddles, and eating out of the bathroom trash can. She’s almost 11.
WHAT DOES FEARLESS MEAN TO YOU?
Fearless is such a great word. To me, it means looking fear in the face and really seeing it—grappling with it, wrestling it to the ground, and suffering. I think there’s a cost to fearlessness. But it’s worth it.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEEN?
That was me at 18 or 19. I still own that sweatshirt (which was actually my dad’s in the 70s!), and I’m still dear friends with the soul sister in the photo:) I’m 35 now!
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
I’m afraid of so much. What counts is how and if I confront the fear.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FEAR IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
By breathing. By staring at my blank screen. By letting the cursor blink at me, sometimes for hours. By tricking myself into thinking that sitting down for a writing sesh is no big deal and nothing really needs to get accomplished. By drinking lots of coffee. In spite of all the demon voices is my own head telling me not to, by trusting myself. By hooking into a community of writers and leaning on them when I need to. By allowing myself to make mistakes.