Friday, May 20, 2011

Jill Williamson is Here!

What is your favorite book now?
It’s impossible for me to choose one book as a favorite. One of my favorites is To Kill a Mockingbird. That story amazes me in so many ways. Even the title is perfect.
I read a few Christian romance novels that some ladies at my church were passing around. But the first Christian speculative fiction novel I ever read was Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness. It opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for me.

What writing magazines or other resources do you find most helpful?
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
This book was the book that taught me the most about how to rewrite my first draft. Chapter titles include: Show and Tell, Characterization and Exposition, Point of View, Dialogue Mechanics, Easy Beats, and Voice. The authors do an excellent job of explaining what you might be doing wrong, and they give great examples of how to fix it.

As Jeff gives the example of a story told around a flickering campfire, you will see the difference between showing and telling. You can’t miss it. I would have had this book back when I first started. Thankfully, I am always learning and this book is filled with so much good information, I refer to it again and again.

Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy
No one person has given me more “Ah ha!” moments as I learned to write fiction than Randy Ingermanson. I took his Fiction 101 and Fiction 201 courses from his website and learned so much. Now he has taken most of that wisdom and put it in this book. If you are a beginning writer and can only afford one book, start with this one.

           What are some of your hobbies?
My husband is a youth pastor and he and I do a lot with teenagers in our free time. We have teen events, teens over to hang out, Young Life. I enjoy reading, playing the guitar, playing games with my family, reading books to my kids, scrapbooking, kickboxing, and helping my son learn the piano.

If your trilogy was turned into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Steven Strait would be the perfect Achan if he looked just like he did as Warren Peace in Sky High. Without the red streaks in his hair, of course.
Amanda Bynes did a great job playing a boy in She’s the Man. Dakota Fanning could also play Vrell, with brown hair, though.

What's the one question that no one ever asks you and you wish they would? (With answer, please!)
The dedication to my pastor reads like this:

And to Pastor Joe Torosian, for encouraging a newbie writer.
The time for my power to eclipse yours has come.
I am the master.

This is an inside joke. My pastor and I were taking about critique groups. I’d been trying to find one, and all the local ones were full. So, as a joke, we decided to start our own critique group, but it would be like the Sith in Star Wars. There could only be two, a master and an apprentice. Since Pastor Joe was making so many cents per word writing sports for his local paper, he was the master and I was his apprentice. So, when I got my first book published, I got to be the master. And there you have it. :D
 Jill has been gracious enough to offer a copy of her latest From Darkness Won to one lucky winner. Comment below for a chance to win. (You can comment on each of Jill's interviews for a total of two entries).

Thank you for joining us, Jill and best wishes for your writer's journey.


Christine Lindsay said...

To Kill A MockingBird is in the top 5 of my favorite books. But I love the look of your book. Praying it reaches a lot of people.

ann said...

Enjoyed reading about what you and your pastor husband do for the teens. Also who you'd pick if it were turned into movie. Would love to win the book . thanks


Amy said...

This book sounds like a great read. Would love to win as I have a teenage daughter who loves to read.


Shellie said...

Thank you, Jill. You have been such a delight to speak with. And good luck everyone. The winner will be blessed by Jill's book. :D

Charlotte Kay said...

I feel blessed just to be considered for this giveaway!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

thanks for a chance to win this book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

amber said...

these are on my "to read" list! i'd love to win one!


Lisa Lickel said...

I am the biggest fan of the first two books! And have this one on my birthday list. Unless I get it earlier.... :) Thanks, Shellie, for this interview with Jill. Love you both!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the interview! This book looks like an awesome read!

Ann Lee Miller said...

Congratulations, Jill, on To Darkness Fled! I'd love to win. :)

Ronie Kendig said...

Loved the interview! Thank you. One of my favorite aspects is seeing who the author had in mind when writing their characters, or who "fits" for the characters.

Ruth Ann Dell said...

Many thanks for the super interview.

I agree, Self Editing for Fiction Writers is one terrific resource for writers.

I have the first two books in the Blood of Kings trilogy and would love to read the third, so please enter me in the drawing

Many thanks. . Ruth Ann

Amanda Stephan said...

My daughter loved your book, By Darkness Hid! And I'd love to have a chance to win your next one for her. Thanks for the opportunity!

amanda38401 at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

I love that dedication!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Jill Williamson said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! And thanks for having me on your blog, Shellie! :-)


Lady DragonKeeper said...

That "behind the scenes" about your book dedication made me smile. I often wonder what the joke or secret is when I read some book dedications, because there seems to be more to it than what is just on the surface. =)

Thanks for the chance to win!


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