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Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson

Jill was raised in rural Alaska. Alone with her thoughts and the moose, daydreaming was a favorite pastime. As was reading. She started out with Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Little House on the Prairie, the Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia. She loves just about every genre out there, but her all time favorites are fantasy and suspense.
Jill Williamson: Drawn to Fantasy

Jill Williamson: Drawn to Fantasy

(January 2011)
Katie Hart
Jill Williamson discovered her love for writing almost by accident.

After leaving the fashion industry and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jill began researching motivational speaking, which she felt would perfectly complement her husband’s career as a youth pastor. She heard that writing articles could help her get started, and soon was pulled into the world of writing. “I was completely naive to think it was easy,” she admits. “If I had known how difficult it was, I probably would have run screaming!”

Short stories in teen magazines and the debate over Harry Potter turned her attention toward fiction, specifically teen novels. Initially, she wasn’t sure of this new Award-winning novelist path. “I wanted to be a teen mentor, and speak to teens and encourage them, and [writing] felt like a hobby. Was I turning my back on what God wanted me to do because this was more fun?” Her pastor encouraged her, stating that fiction could reach teens as well.

After several years spent learning the craft and finishing her first novel, a spy teen story, she connected with Jeff Gerke over a mutual love of “weird fiction.” A year later, she showed him the first chapter of what became By Darkness Hid, which is published by Jeff ’s company Marcher Lord Press.

The final book in the trilogy is From Darkness Won.
—Katie Hart



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