1. Jill’s Books

I write weird books for teens. Another word for “weird” is speculative fiction, which is fantasy, sci fi, time travel, supernatural, paranormal, alternate history, dystopian, steampunk, or anything else WAY out of the ordinary.

2. Jill’s Blog

Here I blog about adventures in life, writing, and reading. I have a lot of random thoughts in my head too. This is the place I like to share them.

3. Novel Teen

Looking for clean teen fiction written from a Christian worldview? You found it! Come on in and search the Novel Teen database for books reviews. You can search by genre, gender, age range, or author to find the books you’re looking...

4. Onyx Eyes

Onyx Eyes: A fantasy story blog. Coming January 2014.

5. Podcast

I podcasted By Darkness Hid and To Darkness Fled, books one and two in the Blood of Kings series.  You can listen online or download the MP3s. Click “Continue Reading” to find out more. It’s free!
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Tuesday Tell-All

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Writing and Upcoming Releases King’s Folly I’ve been hard at work on the rewrite of King’s Folly. It’s a BIG book, so it’s taking more time that some books might. The rewrite is due back to my publisher on June 10. I should have a cover in late June to show you all. The release date shifted a bit. Now the first part ebook release is set for December 2015 with the full print version coming out April 2016.   Turning Point This is an ebook collaboration I’m participating in with six other authors. We are putting together a temporary ebook set of seven YA books to sell for .99. This is in an effort to reach a wide, new audience with our books. Check out the Amazon.com preorder page to see the books that are included. Could be that there are some you’ve never read. And please consider helping us spread the word about this set. We’re only planning to release it for a month or so, then it will vanish forever. You can preorder now on Amazon.com, and it will be available on all ebook platforms June 1.   RoboTales We’re expecting a book cover any day now for Tinker (book one), and then we will have...

Two Free Ebooks

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Did you hear about the free ebooks? Enclave Publishing has put the kindle and iTunes ebook versions of By Darkness Hid and The New Recruit on free for a while. (I’m not sure about international stores.) Go buy them now for nothing! And if you already have them, please tell your friends. Share the love, guys. Share the love. Here are the links: By Darkness Hid on Kindle By Darkness Hid on iTunes The New Recruit on Kindle The New Recruit on iTunes Purchasing these free books helps me because it shows Amazon and Apple that the books have more buyers, and that changes the dynamics of the “customers who bought this also bought” sections in the online stores. Plus, it has the potential to get readers hooked into the series. These aren’t the only ebooks Enclave Publishing put on free. There are more deals to be found! Check out this blog post to snatch up the other ebooks. And feel free to share any of these links with friends who you know love to read. Happy...

Teen Author Boot Camp

In Category: Jill Williamson's Blog
Last fall at Salt Lake Comic Con, I met author Jennifer Jenkins on the Go Teen Writers panel. She is one of the founders of Teen Author Book Camp. This past weekend I drove out to Utah Valley University and presented a class at the fifth Teen Author Boot Camp. I was so impressed! These ladies put on an amazing conference. Not only that, 670-some teenagers participated. It was a packed house!   In my hotel the morning of the conference, I went down to breakfast and met Jamie, her mom, and her grandma. Later on in my class she won a copy of Storyworld First.   The day opened with a keynote from author Jessica Day George. She shared how she once believed if she ever got published, she would receive the “Standard Rich and Famous Contract” like Kermit the Frog and his friends received when they arrived in Hollywood in The Muppet Movie. Reality for Jessica was very different, as it is for most published authors.   I taught a class titled Map-Making 101 in which I shared all kinds of ideas about why one might make a map for a story, what types of things to put on said map, and what to name those things. I...

Touring Disney Studios

In Category: Jill Williamson's Blog
It’s been a crazy year so far in the Williamson household. We’ve been going, going, going! Busy, busy, busy. Sometimes I wish we could find a way to slow life down a lot more. But so far that has not happened. In March, however, we went on a family vacation to California. We lived in Burbank for nine years, so it was nice to see old friends. In the nine years we lived in Burbank, we passed by Disney Studios over and over again. Both our children were born in the hospital across the street, the same hospital Walt Disney died in. We always wanted to go inside the studio, but they are a closed lot that does not offer tours to the public, so we never did. Until now. My husband is a member of the Disney Movie Rewards program, in which you earn points for buying Disney products, specifically DVDs or seeing a Disney movie in the theater. Four years ago Brad set his sights on the grand prize: a tour for four of Disney Studios. Cost: 15,000 points. Now, when you consider that one new DVD is worth 100 points, you see just how many points that is. Brad earned them, though, and off we went to...

Cover Reveal for Diana Blackstone’s New Historical Teen Novel When Sparrows Fall...

In Category: Novel Teen
Check out this book cover for my friend Diana Blackstone’s new historical YA novel, When Sparrows Fall, which will release in the summer of 2015. A little about the book: After her mother’s Mennonite church-arranged marriage to her recently deceased father’s bitter brother, thirteen-year-old Susanna Stutzman faces a crisis of faith. Everything seems to be going wrong in her life. As if her new father’s nasty temper isn’t enough, Cousin Mary, now her stepsister, hates her, as does her new teacher. When Susanna’s discovery of a strange nighttime visitor at her mysterious neighbor’s home leads to the unveiling of secrets, Susanna is forced to make a choice between her conscience and her community.  A little about the author: Diana has been a voracious reader since age nine when she discovered The Chronicles of Narnia after a librarian handed her the first book in the series. She credits hay fever for her interest in writing stories. Unable to play outside without misery from the age of ten, she spent half of every summer vacation inside reading and writing stories until the pollen count dwindled. Diana serves as a high school English teacher and academic support coordinator. She originally chose to teach older students because she thought they would be able to manage their...

RoboTales Kickstarter Project: Will You Help Us?...

In Category: Jill Williamson's Blog
I usually write for teens or adults. But since both my kids were in elementary school, I wanted to write a story for them. My son, Luke, and I came up with the idea of writing science fiction fairytales. But it wasn’t until we came up with the title RoboTales, that we really got excited. This series has science fiction and/or fantasy settings. Readers gather clues in each story, learn something, and enjoy the adventure. And what kid doesn’t love a robot dog? While Luke did not write the books, he has helped me brainstorm the plots, characters, planets, creatures, and has helped with editing too. I will give him a co-writing credit on the series. Here is the video that Luke and I made. He edited the footage together himself.   KICKSTARTER: HOW IT WORKS Kickstarter is a new way to help bring creative projects to life. We’ve all had great ideas, but most of us don’t have the money to invest in starting a business. Kickstarter gives people a way to achieve their dreams by giving them a place to share their idea. Anyone can donate, but Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we reach our goal, those who pledged money will be asked to pay that...

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My name is Jill. I’m a daydreaming, chocolate loving, creator of kingdoms. I write weird books for teens. Fantasy is my fave. I'm a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. I love to teach writing.

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