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Special Guest Blog – Jill Williamson

Introduction

by Keven Newsome

We are pleased to have Christy Award winning author Jill Williamson back with us again. Jill is the author of the Blood of Kings series published by Marcher Lord Press. I held my breath when I asked her back, fearing she wouldn’t have forgiven the one less than stellar review published here. But perhaps the amazing interview and the second much more praise worthy review overturned any hard feelings.

What I find great about Jill’s books, is that they are the type that are either lauded with accolades or shunned completely. There seems to be no middle ground. I indeed find this awesome, because the dichotomy fuels interest and sales. People who are loyal do all the marketing for her. The ones who don’t like the books, only cause people to wonder why the drastic difference… and that too is a type of marketing that sends people out to buy the books and find out for themselves.

Either way, Jill’s the winner, right?

Jill’s a character first writer. For those of you who love character first books, you will absolutely love her’s. I recommend you get them for the YA fantasy fan in your family.

But it’s not just about the writing. Ask anyone connected with her publisher, and they’ll tell you she’s a marketing genius. She also travels the country speaking to young people. And she has an amazing story of faith, and how her love and passion for God helped to shape her writing career.

It’s that story that she shares with us today… the story of how she came to publication. And when you finish reading her story, don’t forget to check out her links, follow her where appropriate, and buy all her books!

Now, here’s Jill Williamson in her own words.

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About Keven Newsome

Keven Newsome is an musician, theologian, and a bit of a nerd. He enjoys a variety of musical genres, from Christian rock to movie soundtracks to KPop. A former band director, he plays about a dozen instruments, given a couple of weeks to practice up. His theological work has included a book on multi-generational ministry and a thesis on the theology of communicating with the dead. As for his nerd-card, he enjoys the fandoms of The Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Lord of the Rings. With a music degree from William Carey University and a theology degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Keven actively serves in ministry as both pastor and worship leader.

10 comments on “Special Guest Blog – Jill Williamson

  1. Wonderful journey, Jill. Thank you for sharing it with us. 😀

  2. What a great story of how you found your gift and made the move toward publication! Awesome! So, are you still considering getting “your baby” published at some point now? It sounds like Cody Banks to me. 😉

  3. Jill, this is a wonderful post. Thanks for your transparency. It’s amazing how pride can creep in and begin gnawing at the roots of the very thing we had purposed to use for God’s glory. What a great example you’ve given. Thank you for this reminder and warning.

    Becky

  4. Thanks for having me, NAF!
    David- I don’t know about my Christian Agent Cody Banks story. Maybe someday…
    Thanks, Becky. I really appreciate that. 🙂
    Jill

  5. You are amazing Jill. Good article and good books. Keep on doing what you are doing.

  6. Loved reading about your writing journey 🙂

  7. My dearest Jill,

    What an inspirational story. So happy you shared.

  8. Conferences and critique groups are great for helping us find the iron-sharpening-iron relationships we need to grow as writers.

    Thanks, Jill, for your honesty in sharing how you struggled with doubt and pride. (So good to know I’m not the only one!)

  9. Congrats on how far you have come and thanks for sharing your journey. Good luck from here, too! I look forward to reading the rest of the Blood of Kings Series.

  10. It seems every success story I read begins first with learning the trade and follows with meeting the “right” people. I’d say it’s a “who you are” and “who you know” kind of deal.

    Thanks for sharing, Jill!

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