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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

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


“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!

An Online Scavenger Hunt Is Coming . . .

Posted by on Feb 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 23 comments


I usually host a Facebook party to celebrate the release of a new book. While those are always fun, this time I wanted to try something different for the release of King’s Blood (Kinsman Chronicles, book 2). I’ve participated in several online scavenger hunts and thought it might be neat to do one as a release party.

So, mark your calendars for February 17 – 19, 2017 and join me and seventeen other authors as we follow the characters from King’s Blood over a world of worlds as they seek out a place to call home. You will visit 17 different author websites, discover their amazing storyworlds, learn about the books that take place in those worlds, and pick up a clue at each stop to enter to win the grand prize.



First Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Second Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Third Prize:  Signed paperback copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus Quiz Prize: Kindle Fire or ($50 Amazon Gift Card) and signed copies of King’s Folly and King’s Blood (unsigned if international winner).
Bonus giveaways: Look for more giveaways on various participating author sites (see each site during the hunt for details).




February 17 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time, until February 19 at midnight, Pacific time

We will start right here on my author blog. The scavenger hunt is not a race, so there is no need to rush through. All prizes will be awarded after the end of the hunt. Winners will be notified by email.



1. Start here, on my blog, on or after February 17 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time.
2. Follow the link at the end of my post to Stop #2. Each subsequent post will have a link that leads you to the next stop until you arrive back here at the end. You will collect clues along the way, enter any other giveaways you might find, and (if you want to participate) be sure to read each post so you can answer the questions for the Bonus Quiz Prize.
3. At the end of the hunt, you will find a place to enter the clues you will have gathered and have a chance to take the Bonus Quiz, if you want to. All answers must be entered before midnight on February 19, 2017.
4. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, February 21.



Planning to join us? Mark your calendar and leave a comment below to be entered to win a signed copy of King’s Blood. Tell me which place you most look forward to learning more about on the day of the hunt. (Click on the map to enlarge.)

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King’s Blood Release Day and an EPIC SALE

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 6 comments


Believe it or not, today is the official release day for King’s Blood, book two in the Kinsman Chronicles. My editor sent me a note to say that this is the longest fiction book on record ever published at Bethany House. If the genre were romance, that might be scary, but this is epic fantasy, so I am wearing this news (and all 210K plus words) as a badge of honor!

Isn’t it a gorgeous book?




I hope you like the second installment.

If you haven’t gotten around to reading this series yet, now is your chance! To celebrate the release of King’s Blood, I am running an EPIC SALE on the paperback copies of book one, King’s Folly. You can order autographed copies of King’s Folly from my author store for only $10, shipping included. (NOTE: My online store is wonky. It will not allow me to put free shipping on a book. So I priced the book at $7 and it will add $3 shipping to equal $10. Sorry that’s complicated… But it works!) Click here to visit the store.





King’s Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles): Book 2

King’s Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles): Book 2

Series: The Kinsman Chronicles, Book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Tag: Print only
In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home. As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life. One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania? More info →


And stay tuned for a special announcement coming tomorrow (February 1, 2017) about my release day scavenger hunt. I hope to see you all there.

Mardok and the Seven Exiles has been released

Posted by on Sep 26th, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

The RoboTales books aren’t my regular fare, but they’re special to me because I wrote them with my son, Luke. They are chapter books for readers ages 7-13. There will be six books in the series, and I’m trying to squeeze them in here and there when I can get a chance. These are fairytale retellings about boys and a robot dog.

Book one, Tinker, is a Cinderella story, and book two, Mardok and the Seven Exiles, parallels Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It’s been a lot of fun to work with my son, but also to work with the young artists we have recruited to illustrate the interiors of the books. All the interior illustrations are done by kids. My husband is going to start recording audio books for them soon, which I’m also really excited about. More on that later.




For now, here is a little information about Mardok and the Seven Exiles:

Strange things are happening at the Space Force Military Academy. General Gruss believes the Ice Beast is responsible and asks cadet Riv Mardok to hunt down the menace. Mardok, always eager to “protect the helpless,” accepts the quest, but when he finds himself trapped, alone in the forest, his bravery isn’t enough to save him. Mardok has no choice but to call for help. The question is: will anyone answer?

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Safe Lands Trilogy ebook set on sale for $1.99 through 9/5

Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

Zondervan/Blink is running a deal on the Safe Lands ebook collection. You can get the entire trilogy for $1.99 on Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay, or CBD. If you haven’t read the series, haven’t finished it, or love it and want to tell a friend, now is your chance. Feel free to spread the word. The sale ends Monday, 9/5.


The Safe Lands Complete Ebook Collection

The Safe Lands Complete Ebook Collection

Series: The Safe Lands
Genre: Dystopian
In The Safe Lands Complete Ebook Collection by bestselling author Jill Williamson, brothers Levi, Mason, and Omar find their entire lives changed after they are made to live behind the Safe Lands’ walls. Each must navigate the challenges before them, and somehow rescue the loved ones who remain alive. Contains: Captives, Outcasts, and Rebels. More info →



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Broken Trust Cover Reveal

Posted by on Jul 20th, 2016 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 18 comments

Pardon this interruption of THIRST chapters for a special announcement.

Calling all Spencer fans!

You’ve all been waiting SO PATIENTLY for Broken Trust, the third full-length novel in the Mission League series. I had planned for Broken Trust to release last year. Then life happened. Major. I’ve noticed that life doesn’t really care about my plans. It does what it wants.

Spencer waited patiently at first. Then he started to get mad. “Tell my story, Jill!” he said. “You promised!”

“But, Spencer. Life happened,” I told him.

“So? You left me with a torn ACL. Therapy is only supposed to take 9-10 months. This is getting ridiculous.”

That was fair.

So I worked on Broken Trust little by little. And finally. FINALLY I managed to finish the book. Broken Trust is now with the editor. (Yay!) She will send it back as soon as she can. Then I will publish it!

Spencer says you will not be disappointed. He promises action and adventure. In Alaska.


And this cover to get you all excited.



THIRST (a weekly story blog) is here!

Posted by on Feb 8th, 2016 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 1 comment

To skip ahead and read the teaser prologue click here here.

In conjunction with the #WeWriteBooks series I am writing over on the Go Teen Writers blog, I will be writing the book THIRST on my website. I tried this once before with the Onyx Eyes story, and while I’d love to continue with that tale, it’s a little too complex for my schedule right now. So I’ve chosen to write THIRST instead. This is a stand-alone prequel to The Safe Lands series (Captives, Outcasts, and Rebels). THIRST follows a teenage Papa Eli as he and his friends struggle to survive the Great Pandemic.

I will announce new chapters of THIRST on my blog, but I won’t be posting them here. If you want to read along, subscribe to the THIRST: weekly story blog by clicking here. For now, here is a little more about the book and a very short, teaser prologue. Chapter one will be posted next week.



In matters of life or death, what do you thirst for? 

A waterborne disease has sprung up in every corner of the globe, decimating the human race. Eli McShane, a young survivor, journeys toward Colorado and the rumored location of a clean water source. When he arrives, he finds the community in an unending state of celebration. Until someone dies. When the people realize the disease is still among them, panic ensues. Rules are established to keep people safe. Eli wants to leave, but the landowners won’t let him. Only one thing is certain. This “safe land” is not so safe after all.


Six days into our wilderness survival adventure in the La Plata Mountains of Colorado, Comet Pulon passed by the earth. We had no way of knowing that it had come much closer than expected, that it had forever changed our planet, and that it had left a killer among us. Oblivious, the twelve of us camped in a clearing, cheered as the bright yellow fireball soared overhead, roasted marshmallows, and toasted with canteens of water we had purified ourselves.

And as we celebrated in awe of nature’s majesty, the rest of the world began to die.

It’s Release Day for Darkness Reigns!

Posted by on Dec 1st, 2015 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

The end has begun!

Darkness Reigns, the first installment in my new epic fantasy series, has released into the world. If you see it in your neck of the woods, be sure and say hello and download a free copy.

I promise it doesn’t bite.





Facebook Release Party

To celebrate the release of Darkness Reigns, I’m having a Facebook release party tonight, December 1 at 6:00 pm Pacific time on my Facebook author page. There will be snacks. There will be book giveaways. There will be zany fun. I hope to see you all there!





Darkness Reigns (The Kinsman Chronicles): Part 1

Darkness Reigns (The Kinsman Chronicles): Part 1

(ebook only, releases December 2015) The god of the soil is furious. Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, earthquakes--everything points to his unhappiness. At least this is what the people of Armania in the Five Realms believe. Amidst the unsettling state of the world around them, the princes of Armania live their lives focused more on who will claim the throne after their sickly father, King Echad, dies. That is until Prince Wilek's concubine turns up dead--beside her, a bloodied message that seems to have come from the mother realms. More info →

Join the King’s Folly Launch Team

Posted by on Oct 13th, 2015 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 12 comments

For years people have been asking me to write more books in the Blood of Kings storyworld. Well, I have done it. The series is called The Kinsman Chronicles (click here to read more). This isn’t more Achan and Vrell, but their ancestors. I think you’ll be intrigued to see where (and who) Achan and Vrell came from.

King’s Folly is the first book in The Kinsman Chronicles. And the release of King’s Folly is rapidly growing close.

I’m so excited!

Meanwhile, I’m also trying to finish book two (King’s Blood) and outline book three (King’s War). It’s very hard to do all of these things well when you’re doing them simultaneously.

That’s where you come in.

I am putting together a team to help me launch Project: King’s Folly, which consists of one print book and three serialized ebook parts. (Aren’t they pretty?)

Book One



If you join the King’s Folly Launch Team, here is what you will get for your time:

-The chance to read the book before everyone else. (It’s a BIG book, too. Over 180,000 words. The print book is currently estimated at 576 pages, though it’s over 800 in my Word document.)

Advanced reader copies (in a digital format) of each part of King’s Folly before it is released to the world. (As shown above, the parts are titled: Darkness Reigns, The Heir War, and The End of All Things. Click here to read more about the serialized release.)

A free paperback copy of King’s Folly when it releases in April 2016.

Exclusive access to a private Facebook group where we can brainstorm promotion ideas for the release of the print book in April.

The chance to see the behind-the-scenes of a book launch and interact with other launch team members.

A special cyber hug and “Thank you!” on this blog with a link to your website (if you have one) and a sentence that shares what goes on there.

Some fabulous freebies I’ll be doing in addition to the free books plus the chance to enter and earn a few extra prizes for those who create the most buzz (things like fantasy book packs, 20-page chapter edits for you writers out there, a sweet Jill-made banner/flag from the book, and who knows what other cool things we’ll dream up together).



Spread the word (in whatever way works best for you) about the three ebook serial releases and the print release of King’s Folly.

Buy a FREE copy of the ebook Darkness Reigns on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, or CBD.

write four honest book reviews (even if they are 1-star reviews!) and post them everywhere you can. is a must, but it also helps to post those reviews on Goodreads (if you have one), Barnes&,, iTunes, your blog (if you have one and a book review fits), Kobo, and/or on any other online retailer that carries the books.

-Strategic posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads about the books. (I’ll help you come up with things to say and when to say them.)

Interact with the rest of the launch team to come up with new promotion ideas. (Be creative. I’m open to trying new things).

Pray for me, the book, and the launch team.

I’m ready to give my ALL for the launch of this series, so I need to gather a team to support me. Please don’t apply if you don’t have the time or energy to dedicate in helping get the word out about King’s Folly. This isn’t just about getting a free copy of the book. If that’s your goal, feel free to contact the publisher and ask for a review copy.



Because of my personal time investment with this project (and my budget), I need to keep this group to a manageable size. Therefore, I’m going to limit the group, which means, unfortunately, I won’t be accepting everyone who applies.

Please take into account my release dates and plan accordingly. If you can’t commit to helping during these dates, don’t apply this time around. There will be other chances in the future for you to join a different launch team.

The four release dates are:

-Darkness Reigns (part one of King’s Folly) – December 1, 2015

-The Heir War (part two of King’s Folly) – February 1, 2016

-The End of All Things (part three of King’s Folly) – April 1, 2016

-King’s Folly full print book – April 1, 2016

You don’t have to have a blog or a huge Twitter following to be on my team. I am looking for people who are eager to spread the word about this new series, who love epic fantasy, who aren’t bothered by stories written from a Christian worldview, who understand the audience I’m trying to reach, who will write honest and helpful reviews and post them on Amazon and other places, and will participate as a member of the team.

I am looking for people who are obsessed with books and talk about them all the time, who can tell me about the last time they sold a book to a friend, just by talking it up.

I am this way for Brandon Sanderson. I have sold hundreds of his books, and he doesn’t even know it! I turned a copy of Mistborn face out at the local Goodwill the other day, just so it might catch someone’s eye. I feel as though his books NEED to be read by as many people as possible. I have given myself the mission of helping make this happen.

This is the level of dedication I’m looking for in Launch Team members. *wink*



What do you think? It’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get to know all of you better. And I bet you all will make some new friends in the process.

The application form will close on Friday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time. If you are accepted into the King’s Folly Launch Team, you’ll receive an email from me by October 31. Please be honest in all your answers because I will use them to form a well-rounded team. I need some Twitter gurus, some that are great at blogging, some who excel on Facebook, some who participate in online forums, some who are gamers, some who read only books published in the general market, and some who read nothing but books published in the Christian specialty market.

I need all kinds.

Will you join me?



If you know someone who would LOVE to be on the Launch Team, please share this post with them. We need to seek out the few, the creative, the clever. Help me find them!


Thanks for applying! If you missed the chance to apply this time around, keep an eye out for when I put together a launch team for book two, sometime next summer.