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My weekend as a PAC-MAN Ghost

Posted by on Mar 13th, 2018 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

A few weekends back, I went to my son’s FIRST Robotics competition, at which I volunteered for field reset. The job isn’t difficult, but two days on my feet for 8-10 hours each day wore me out. And I must have caught something new, because today I am sick again. Boo.

If you’re curious what goes on at a FIRST Robotics competition, below is a link to one of our semi-final matches. Our team (2811) was the second seed captain, which is a pretty good place to be. We earned second place in the tournament. If you look carefully, you can see me, sitting on a chair in the lower right-hand corner of the video. I’m wearing an orange PAC-MAN ghost smock. At the end of the match, I get up and open the lower right-side gate, then come onto the field to help clean up. Also, my son was working the camera a few steps away from me. He’ was wearing a navy blue jacket.

We were at this competition all day on Friday and Saturday. And on Saturday, we even helped tear down the field. Me and another mom folded ALL those blue curtains you see hanging in the back.

That was a lot of curtains.

Have you ever been to a FIRST Robotics competition?

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Our robot, Zeus


My son, Luke, the camera man.


My view of the field.


The field from the stands.


A Deliverer Comes — Release Day!

Posted by on Mar 8th, 2018 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I am very happy to announce that Part 8 of the Kinsman Chronicles is now available for your reading pleasure!

Hooray! *dances and throws confetti*

A Deliverer Comes is all of Act 2 of book three, King’s War, so if you’ve been reading the ebook parts, A Deliverer Comes will bring you almost to the end of the story. We are so close to finding out whether or not the remnant of the Five Realms will find a permanent home in Er’Rets.

(Those of you who’ve read the Blood of Kings trilogy are probably pretty certain that at least some of them will . . .)

You can learn more about A Deliverer Comes in the blurb below or by visiting this link, which has links to all the places the ebook is available.

For those of you reading the ebook parts, I hope you enjoy this next installment.


Grayson has become the king’s spy, traveling the new land to determine the strengths and weaknesses of Armania’s enemies. On one such mission, he uncovers a seedbed of destruction that is responsible for the infighting between the giant tribes and the oppression of the Puru people. He does what he can to help, but his actions are considered an act of war.

Meanwhile, Chieftess Charlon has found a way to make magic in this new land, and as evenroot sources diminish, Barthel Rogedoth and Empress Jazlyn will do anything to learn her secret.

In her captivity, Onika the prophetess stumbles onto a new ability of the voicing magic. She returns to Armanguard to train warriors to enter the Veil and fight an unseen evil that has been subjugating the souls of humanity for generations.

A Deliverer Comes is collected together with parts 7 and 9 in King’s War.



Blood of Kings Book Sale and Mini Book Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 29th, 2018 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I am having a book sale!  😆


The Blood of Kings paperback books are still having trouble being available at online stores like Barnes and Noble and Book Depository, much to my dismay. BUT they are available at Amazon.com and through my author store. *Does cartwheels* (I’ll post links below.)

This sale is on the Blood of Kings trilogy in paperback. You can get all three updated Enclave books for $42 from my author store, which is a bit cheaper than the retail price Amazon is charging. Any who order the trilogy between today and next Monday night (Feb 5th), will also be entered to receive one of three Blood of Kings mini book sets. I put on my crafty hat and made these myself. They have real covers, front and back. The insides are plain white paper, but I will autograph each book in the same way I autograph each real book.

Aren’t they cute?


Sadly, the paperback books are STILL not showing up at the Book Depository. Nor are they available at Barnesandnoble.com. And only book one is available at Christianbook.com. So we will make due! The books exist again. There are books to be had. And that is what matters and makes me dance for joy. *dances*

You can find the paperback trilogy in the following places:


My author store:

Click here to visit my online store.



While some of the books on Amazon might say “Temporarily out of stock,” I have been assured that you can place an order and that will trigger the massive machine that is Amazon.com to process your order and get the books shipped. Here are the links to each book:

By Darkness Hid

To Darkness Fled

From Darkness Won


How to enter the giveaway:

If you order the Blood of Kings trilogy from my author store between now until next Monday night (Feb 5, 2018), you will be automatically entered. If you buy your trilogy from Amazon.com, you must forward me your email receipt that is dated between now and next Monday night (Feb 5, 2018). Then I will enter you in the giveaway. Winners will be contacted by me. Mini books will be shipped separately from your book order, and they will come a week or two later, since I will need to make them! I will also announce the winners in my February author email newsletter. If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up here and get a free short story.

That’s all for now! Time for me to get crafting.

A Reader’s map of Achan’s and Averella’s journeys through Er’Rets

Posted by on Jan 15th, 2018 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 3 comments

I am tickled when I receive artwork inspired by my books. It’s so touching. Well, I’ve decided to start sharing them with you all more often. I figure, why should I get to be the only one to see it?

Here is a map of Er’Rets drawn by Noah for his 8th grade English assignment. I love the arrows and paths he added as to Achan’s and Vrell’s journey throughout the stories, and I especially like how he took the time to burn the edges of the map to make it look more authentic. Nice job, Noah. I give you an A+!

What do you think, readers? Have you ever made a map for a school assignment? Just for fun? Share in the comments.


Trevn’s Map of Er’Rets

Posted by on Dec 4th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 4 comments

It has come to my attention that I never posted Trevn’s map of Er’Rets on my website for all to see. It was part of The Reluctant King ebook, so I must have been thinking of that ebook when I thought I’d already shared it with the world.

So, without further excuses, here is THE MAP from King’s War, book three in the Kinsman Chronicles. What do you think?


Click on the image to see a larger version.

My 2017 Christy Awards and Art of Writing Conference Report

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 6 comments

My 2017 Christy Awards and Art of Writing Conference Report

When I heard that King’s Folly had finaled for this year’s Christy Awards, I was tickled pink.

But I was totally not going Nashville.

Gut-honest confession time: I really don’t like award ceremonies. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t about whether or not I’ll win. It is a huge honor to be nominated, but as a total introvert, sitting through a banquet, not knowing whether or not I might have to go on that stage and speak to everyone makes me nuts. Anxiety takes over my body. I might look like I’m holding it all together, but inside, it’s not pretty.

The only reason I was tempted to go the Nashville had nothing to do with the awards banquet and everything to do with what might be my only chance to ever meet co-finalist Beth Moore, whom I absolutely adore. ❤ 

But I wasn’t going to go. No way.

Until my friend Mindy of the Quirky Faith blog said she’d come with me.

This changed everything. If I had a friend with me–someone to keep me sane–I felt like I could handle it. So I changed my mind.

And I’m so glad I did. 😊

Day One

We arrived in Nashville, rented a car, and found our hotel. Then we went to downtown Nashville and walked around. We ate dinner at a place called Rippy’s. It was so good! There was a band playing in the restaurant, too. After dinner we walked around and shopped for cowboy boots, belts, and candy. Because . . . candy.


Day Two

We got up early and drove to Brentwood, TN and the offices of Dave Ramsey. Mindy had an appointment to meet a man there whose small group donates to the Rwanda clinic that our church started. We parked the car and went inside. The first thing I noticed was that most all the cars in the parking lot had my last name on them! Turns out Dave Ramsey’s offices are in Williamson County, Tennessee. Then next thing we noticed was that people were milling all around the parking lot. It was strange. I felt like I’d walked into a Sims game. Inside, we ran into an old friend of Mindy’s sister, who now works for Dave Ramsey, so he gave us a tour. Turns out Wednesday is company devotional day. The guest speaker had cancelled, so they had done a prayer walk instead, which explains the Sims people. What a neat place to work! Sadly, Dave was in Arizona, so we didn’t get to meet him. But we got to see his studio and his office. He has a round table in his office with a crest on it.

I need a round table with a crest on it.

I probably need an office first to put it in. Oh well. I’ll add that to the dream list. 😉

While we waited for Mindy’s meeting, we were served free coffee from the coffee shop in the lobby and took pictures.


Then we stopped at a Barnes and Noble to buy books that we hoped we’d later get autographed, then headed into the city to eat lunch at Biscuit Love. We were way too slow, however, looking at the scenery and mansions as we drove. We had to get over to the Art of Writing conference by 12:30, so we only had time to get some bonuts to go (donuts made from biscuit dough. Let me just say: yummy.)


We caught the shuttle to Lipscomb University, eating our bonuts on the way. We met Theon Hill on the shuttle and learned he was one of the conference speakers. The conference was fun. There were four sessions. I’ll talk about the things I learned at the conference over on the Go Teen Writers blog tomorrow. I had fun introducing Mindy to many of my writer friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years! Somehow I forgot to get a picture with my friend Melanie Dickerson, though I did make her sign a book plate for The Silent Songbird, to put in my daughter’s book. Isn’t she funny? LOL


After the conference, we changed into our dresses for the Christy Awards, but first we got to attend a VIP Reception. I’d never been invited to a VIP Reception before, so that was quite fun. It was also our first Beth Moore sighting, though we didn’t get to talk to her there. We did get the sad news that Charles Martin had cancelled. He is one of Mindy’s favorite authors, so that was a disappointment.

We arrived at the banquet room and went straight to Beth Moore. She signed our books and took a picture with us. She calls her novel her “Big Girl,” which was sweet, and totally understandable. I feel like all of my novels are my children.  🙂




Beth’s cute boots!


Now that we had succeeded in our mission, we were able to enjoy ourselves. We took lots more pictures. We sat at a Bethany House table with David Long, Amy Green, and several other Bethany House authors. Dinner was delicious, and there was cheesecake for dessert. Chris Fabry MC’d the event (and won two Christy Awards!), Karen Kingsbury keynoted, and Andrew Peterson entertained us with some amazing music. I did not win a Christy Award that night, which was totally fine with me. I read both Jolina’s book and Jim Rubart’s. They were both wonderful, and Jim’s very much deserved the honor. There were free books on all the tables, so I collected a pretty impressive pile of books to take home. Even more so that I managed to fit all these into my carry on luggage! We went back to the hotel that night and packed, then collapsed. It had been a long, but very fun day.



Day Three

We only had the morning before our plan left, so we started out at the Grand Ole Opry, then went back to Biscuit Love for lunch. There was a line this day, and we waited for nearly an hour! The Country Music Awards had gone on the night before and almost everyone we net had a story to tell about seeing Garth Brooks! After lunch, we posed with some angel graffiti art and took pictures of the skyline. It was a wonderful adventure, and I’m so glad I decided to go.

Have you ever said “No” to something you really wanted to do because you were afraid? Next time see if you can be brave and say “Yes” instead. If you’re on the fence, it might help to take a friend. 🙂



P.S. Sauon’s Tower

I saw this building over and over. I realize it has an AT&T logo on it, but it sure did look like Sauron’s tower from the Lord of the Rings. Thankfully, there was no sign of the eye . . .


What Are Storyworld Shorts?

Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 0 comments

What Are Storyworld Shorts?

I started a new website.

You might have seen my countdown to October 4, 2017. Well, this is what I’ve been working so hard on. I created a writing website primarily to host my YouTube videos and podcast versions of those videos to make it easier for listeners to find them.

What are Storyworld Shorts?

They are short writing videos or podcasts in which I teach lessons on the craft of writing. I will post one new video and podcast a week. Over the years I have posted sporadic YouTube writing videos, and I loved it. I always wanted to do so more regularly, so this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a loonnnggg time!

Storyworld Shorts are by nature short. Over time, the episodes will build upon one another and eventually give you a thorough understanding of how to write a novel. Some of the topics/series I will discuss in weeks to come are:

-How to come up with a great idea
-Creating compelling characters
-Different types of plots
-How to outline and plan your novel
-How to add themes to your story
-Tackling a major rewrite
-How to edit your book

I’ll also be doing a monthly Q&A Live video, in which I’ll answer listener questions.

To learn more and to watch the first video, visit StoryworldShorts.com.

The “I’m Going to Nashville” Book Sale

Posted by on Sep 26th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

The “I’m Going to Nashville” Book Sale

Last week I found out that King’s Folly is a finalist for the 2017 Christy Awards.

Yay! I’m so excited and honored.  😀

In past years, the awards banquet was held during the International Christian Retail Show, but the Christy Award is now run by the The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), so this year’s event is going to be different. ECPA is putting on a half-day conference for storytellers called The Art of Writing. And while the lineup of that event sounds amazing (Karen Kingsbury and Andrew Peterson, just to name two), I had no intention of going. My husband has to work, and the introvert in me hates going to such things without someone I know really well.

But then my friend Mindy, who runs the Quirky Faith blog, said she’d come with me. (She drove me to Seattle two weeks ago to meet Jon Acuff.) I took a couple days to pray about it, then said, “Yes, I will do this!”

And she said, “Whoo hoo!” (And instantly started making plans for us to try and meet Dave Ramsey!)

Then my sweet mother-in-law gave me miles for a plane ticket! ❤

To celebrate, I’m having a sale in my author bookstore. Everything is 30% off with the discount code “CHRISTY”—while supplies last. (I only have two copies of To Darkness Fled!) That puts paperback copies of Replication at only $4.20 each!

So if you’ve been meaning to order King’s Folly, or if you want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, here is a great opportunity. Please feel free to spread the word!

You can find my author store by clicking here or by clicking on the “Store” link in the menu above.

Jill Williamson is having a 30%-off Christy Award sale. Discount code: “CHRISTY” — Click to Tweet

Opportunities like these don’t happen everyday, so I’m excited that I am able to seize the moment and enjoy it for what it is: a chance to go on a great adventure with a dear friend and make some fabulous memories.  🙂



There’s a Teen Track at This Year’s OCW Fall One-Day Conference in Portland, OR

Posted by on Sep 19th, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments


I have been invited to teach two workshops for teens at the fall Oregon Christian Writers one-day conference in Portland on October 21. This will be a really neat opportunity for teens who love to write. We’re going to learn about how to create characters, plot a novel, and how the publishing industry works. The conference is offering a special rate of $20 for writers under the age of twenty, which is a really great deal. (The non-member adult price is $75.) Please help spread the word to teen writers in the Portland/Vancouver area. We are going to have so much fun. You can see the full schedule online at http://oregonchristianwriters.org/fall-2017/.


“Don’t miss it! @OregonWriters is hosting a Teen Track, led by @JillWilliamson at this year’s fall conference.”

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Here are the descriptions of my two workshops:

“What Every Character Needs.” (Teen Track, part one)
A great character can live in a reader’s mind forever. These are the kinds of characters we want in our books. In this class, we’ll go through a step-by-step process to help you create authentic characters that your readers will never forget. We’ll discuss character backstory, motivation, tags, archetypal roles, interactions with other characters, and tools to help you keep track of it all.

“Secrets of a Great Plot.” (Teen Track, part two)
What is a plot, anyway? What is its purpose? And what makes that three-act structure so successful? Are there other ways to create a strong story? In this class, we’ll discuss the secrets of a great plot, look at some alternative plot structures, and talk about the different ways to keep things moving when your story is too short, seems to have stalled, or is just plain boring.

I hope to pack the place with teen writers, so feel free to help me spread the word. Here is a link to my teen flyer. Print and share with as many as you can. Thanks so much!

The 2017-2018 #MyBedsideTableTBRChallenge

Posted by on Sep 12th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I have a book due in a week, so I’m constantly procrastinating. (Why I do this, I’ll never know.) Anyway… I cleaned my bedside table and commiserated over the 41 books, some of which are brand new, but some have been there for +/- five years. I thought, “Hey… I should try and read all these!” (I’ve had this revelation before, so I laughed it off. Until I thought about Instagram. And I was inspired.

So I cleaned #MyBedsideTable. I took this picture. I added little numbers. I took pictures of all 41 books. And I’m going to Instagram them. And hopefully read them ALL. It will be my 2017-18 reading challenge. Can I do it? And when I finish one, can I put a new book there? Because this isn’t the only massive #trb pile in my house. I have, like, seven. :-/

Here’s the plan: I’m going to introduce you to #JillsBedsideTable. Then I’ll give you a list of the 41 books on that table. Since that post will be dated, I’ll know by this time next year if I succeeded or if I let new books take cuts. Again.

Here’s what’s on the top of my little bedside table:

1. Clothespin holding a handy stash of bookmarks.
2. Chapstick, so I don’t have to get up if I need it.
3. Fingernail file. Because, same as #2.
4. Magic touch lamp.
5. Current fun read: #FinnikinoftheRock by #MelinaMarchetta. #TheLumatereChronicles
6. This month’s Book Club read: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.
7. Note pad.
8. Writing utensils.
9. Sticky notes for marking passages in books.
10. Hand lotion.
11. Water for hydration (and to keep from snacking too much).
12. A flashlight, just in case (and also for middle-of-the-night reading of print books.
13. Tissues. Because, same as #2, and because sad scenes in books.
14. Extra bookmarks.
15. Bible memory verses.
16. Earbuds for talking to my husband on the phone.
17. iPad for ebook reading and Googling more authors and books.
18. Powerstrip for phone and laptop charging.
19. The other 41 books!
20. My two Booknitures for #MyBedsideTable photographing.
21. My laptop, for writing.


And here’s what’s on the shelves:

1. Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber
2. Among the Flames by Kim Vandel
3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
4. Still Life by Dani Pettrey
5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
6. The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton
7. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
8. Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge
9. The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell
10. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
11. Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
12. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
13. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp
14. Recruits by Thomas Locke
15. Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
16. Waking Beauty by Sarah E. Morin
17. Breaking Point by Karen Ball
18. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
19. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
20. Night by Elie Wiesel

21. Risen by Angela Hunt
22. Me, Myself, & Bob by Phil Vischer
23. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
24. A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
25. My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McCay
26. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig
27. The Greatest Moment by Dr. Charles Earl Harrel
28. Let’s Roll by Lisa Beamer
29. Magic Kingdom For Sale—Sold! by Terry Brooks
30. Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
31. When Couples Walk Together: 31 Days to a Closer Connection by Cindi & Hugh McMenamin
32. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
33. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money—That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki
34. The House That Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark
35. To Be Told by Dan Allender
36. The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
37. Closing the Gap by Patty Slack
38. Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice
39. The Diviners by Libba Bray
40. Shadows Beneath by Sanderson, Kowal, Wells, and Tayler
41. Rising Strong by Brené Brown


My challenge to you: Post your own #tbrBookPile and see if you can finish it in a year too. Who’s with me? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? You can play on your blog, on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Anywhere you can post pictures and book reading updates. Let’s get through a pile of books together!