Press Kit

 

JILL IS REPRESENTED BY AMANDA LUEDEKE OF THE:

MacGregor Literary Agency
2373 N.W. 185th Avenue
Suite 165
Hillsboro, OR 97124-7076

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NOTE TO MEDIA

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JILL’S GUEST SPEAKER FLYER WITH REFERENCES (click to view PDF)

 

SHORT BIO

Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several teen novels including By Darkness Hid (fantasy) and Captives (dystopian). She’s a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who grew up in Alaska without electricity. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Eastern Oregon, where there are more deer and cows than people. She blogs for teen writers at www.goteenwriters.com. You can also visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

 

LONG BIO

Jill Williamson is weird, which is probably why she writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teenagers. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Thankfully it was the land of the midnight sun, and she could stay up and read by the summer daylight that wouldn’t go away. But the winter months left little to do but daydream. Both hobbies set her up to be a writer.

Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant. Her debut novel, a medieval fantasy called By Darkness Hid, won an EPIC Award, a Christy Award, and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. Jill has since published thirteen books.

Jill loves working with teenagers and encouraging them to respect their dreams. She speaks and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. She blogs for teen writers at www.goteenwriters.com. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. You can also visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jill wrote half a book and tried–and failed–to sell it in 2004.
  • Jill published her first novel, By Darkness Hid, in April 2009.
  • A major theme in most of Jill’s novels is finding your purpose in life and respecting your dreams.
  • Jill published Replication, her first novel with a major publishing house.
  • In 2012, Jill joined Stephanie Morrill on www.GoTeenWriters.com where they blog for teen writers five days a week.
  • Jill is a popular speaker at writers conferences for YA and speculative fiction workshops and at middle and high schools.
  • In the fall of 2012, Jill sold a dystopian YA trilogy to HarperCollins/Blink.
  • Jill published her first nonfiction work, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book, which she co-authored with Stephanie Morrill in 2013.
  • In the fall of 2014, Jill sold an adult fantasy trilogy to Bethany House Publishers.

 

AWARDS

  • VOYA magazine’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 2009: By Darkness Hid
  • Finalist: 2010 Clive Staples Award, By Darkness Hid
  • Finalist: 2010 ACFW Carol Award, By Darkness Hid
  • Winner: 2010 Epic Award, By Darkness Hid
  • Winner: 2010 Christy Award, Visionary category, By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, book 1)
  • VOYA magazine’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 2010: To Darkness Fled
  • Family Fiction Magazine 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards: #4 Speculative Fiction Author
  • Winner: 2011 Christy Award, Visionary category, To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings, book 2)
  • Bronze Award: 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, nonfiction, Go Teen Writers
  • Finalist: 2013 ACFW Carol Award, The New Recruit
  • Winner: 2013 Cascade Award, YA category, The New Recruit
  • Finalist: 2014 ACFW Carol Award, Captives
  • Finalist: 2014 ACFW Carol Award, Project Gemini
  • Winner: 2014 INSPY Award, Captives
  • 2015 Oregon Christian Writers Trailblazer Award recipient

 

AUTHOR PHOTOS (Click each for a larger image)

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PRINTABLE BOOK LIST (click to view book list)

 

 

BOOK COVERS (Click each for a larger image)

King's Folly

King’s Folly

(The Kinsman Chronicles, book one)

 

Darkness Reins

Darkness Reigns

(The Kinsman Chronicles, part 1)

 

Heir War

The Heir War

(The Kinsman Chronicles, part 2)

 

End of All Things

The End of All Things

(The Kinsman Chronicles, part 3)

King's Blood

King’s Blood

(The Kinsman Chronicles, book two)

 

Kingdom at Sea

Kingdom at Sea

(The Kinsman Chronicles, part 4)

 

Maelstrom

Maelstrom

(The Kinsman Chronicles, part 5)

 

Voices of Blood

Voices of Blood

(The Kinsman Chronicles, part 6)

Captives The Safe Lands

Captives

(The Safe Lands, book 1)

 

Outcasts

Outcasts

(The Safe Lands, book 2)

 

Rebels

Rebels

(The Safe Lands, book 3)

 

 

 

NewRecruit

The New Recruit

(The Mission League, book 1)

Chokepoint

Chokepoint 

-novella-

(The Mission League, 1.5)

 

Project Gemini

Project Gemini

(The Mission League, book 2)

Ambushed

Ambuscade

-novella-

(The Mission League, 2.5)

GTWB&N

Go Teen Writers

(nonfiction)

Storyworld First

Storyworld First

(nonfiction)

 

 

 

by darkness hid christy award

By Darkness Hid

(Blood of Kings, book 1)

To Darkness Fled

(Blood of Kings, book 2)

 

From Darkness Won

(Blood of Kings, book 3)

 

Replication 9780310727606

Replication

paperback

 

CurricGuideCoverBDH

A Curriculum Guide for

By Darkness Hid

CurricGuideCoverTDF

A Curriculum Guide for

To Darkness Fled

 

CurricGuideCoverFDW

A Curriculum Guide for

From Darkness Won

 

 Replication

Replication

hardcover

 

MangoMudChurch

A Mango and a Mud Church

 

 

PRESS RELEASES

Captives Press Release

Press Release for Replication

Press Release for To Darkness Fled

Press Release for By Darkness Hid

By Darkness Hid Wins 2010 Christy Award

Christy Awards Winners 2010

 

EXTRAS

Q and A with Jill Williamson

Have Jill Visit Your School or Library– Flyer

Booklist review of Captives

VOYA review of Captives

Replication Interview Questions

Replication Reader’s Guide

Media and Peer Raves for By Darkness Hid

VOYA Best of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 2009By Darkness Hid

Library Journal Review of By Darkness Hid

VOYA Review of By Darkness Hid

Discussion Questions for By Darkness Hid

VOYA Best of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 2010To Darkness Fled

VOYA Review of To Darkness Fled

Publishers Weekly Review of To Darkness Fled

 

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