Jill Williamson

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Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including By Darkness Hid, Replication, The New Recruit, and Captives. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, “I could do that! How hard could it be?” Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later, her first book, By Darkness Hid, was published and won several awards.

Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing, which she does weekly at www.GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her o
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Jill Williamson Write, write, write. Make yourself finish a book. Many new writers tend to get stuck for years writing that first book. But a writer learns so much by…moreWrite, write, write. Make yourself finish a book. Many new writers tend to get stuck for years writing that first book. But a writer learns so much by completing a story and going back and rewriting it. So, train yourself to be a writer by doing the hard work of completing a full manuscript. Then go back and rewrite it. And when you’re done, put it down and write another book. Then write another. Then another.

Also, read, read, read. When you read, study what the author did. Look at their dialogue, action, punctuation, characters, plot, everything. Learn all you can. It will help you be a better writer and storyteller.

And try not to be impatient. Work on making each book the best it can be. When you finish a book, send it out. While you’re waiting to hear back, write another one. I wrote six novels before my first book was published. I’ve heard the same from many authors. So write! But enjoy it. Try to have fun.

One of my favorite writing quotes is from Michael Crichton. He said, “Books aren't written—they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.” It’s so true.
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Jill Williamson Updated answer (6/30/15): I was unable to finish the Achan & Vrell story in time, so now I must wait to publish it until I finish the Kinsman…moreUpdated answer (6/30/15): I was unable to finish the Achan & Vrell story in time, so now I must wait to publish it until I finish the Kinsman Chronicles, which is an ancient prequel to the Blood of Kings series. It will come someday, just not for a couple years now. (less)
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Jill Williamson Thank you, Sally! :-)

Sally wrote: "Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Jill!
Blessings, Sally"



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Jill Williamson You're welcome, Kara! :-)


message 15: by Sally

Sally Chambers Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Jill!
Blessings, Sally


message 14: by Kara

Kara Thanks for adding me, Jill! Happy reading and blessings to you :)


message 13: by Jill

Jill Williamson I love it, Connie. Thanks so much for entering. :-)
I'm having a great time seeing all these pictures.


message 12: by Connie

Connie Wolters You're very welcome! I just entered your scavenger hunt contest, very cool idea! It was a fun experience, especially since I didn't have anything that remotely resembled one of the items, so I had to, uh, be creative. And being the only one to take the photo, well, I didn't get it all on the first try. I hope you like the photo I sent in, though!

Jill wrote: "Hi, Connie! Nice to meet you.
Thanks for the kind words about By Darkness Hid. :-)


Connie wrote: "Oh my goodness! I totally just put 2 and 2 together and realized you're the author of By Darknes..."



message 11: by Jill

Jill Williamson Hi, Connie! Nice to meet you.
Thanks for the kind words about By Darkness Hid. :-)


Connie wrote: "Oh my goodness! I totally just put 2 and 2 together and realized you're the author of By Darkness Hid!!!! I LOVE THAT BOOK! It's been so long since I read it, I didn't even think anything of it ..."


message 10: by Connie

Connie Wolters Oh my goodness! I totally just put 2 and 2 together and realized you're the author of By Darkness Hid!!!! I LOVE THAT BOOK! It's been so long since I read it, I didn't even think anything of it till I was scanning Chris Kolmorgen's blog.

I've been wanting to get my hands on the rest of the series for a while, but sadly, I haven't been able to. But I definitely plan on it!

Anyway, thought I'd say "Hi" :)


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Sarah Thanks for the add!


Savannah Jill, thank you for the friendship.
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John Hileman Your covers are amazing. Thanks for the friendship!

John


message 6: by Jill

Jill Williamson I'm great, Caleb. How are you?


message 5: by Caleb

Caleb Holman hey how are you?


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Sam Thanks Jill for accepting my friendship invitation. Have a great weekend.


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Jill Williamson You're welcome!


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hey Jill - thanks for the friendship!
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Jeannie


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