Jill Williamson

Goodreads Author


Born
in The United States
Website

Twitter

Genre

Influences

Member Since
February 2008

URL


Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and an award-winning fantasy and science fiction author of over twenty books including By Darkness Hid, which won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine.

She has also written several books on the craft of writing fiction and teaches writing in person and online on her YouTube channel and at www.GoTeenWriters.com, the latter of which has been named as one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.” She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. To learn more about her novels, visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com.



...more

To ask Jill Williamson questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

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.
(less)
Jill Williamson Sorry I missed seeing this question until now, Cara. I used to say "Yes!" because I was planning to write a new Achan and Vrell story. But I've never …moreSorry I missed seeing this question until now, Cara. I used to say "Yes!" because I was planning to write a new Achan and Vrell story. But I've never found the time, and as the years have passed, I'm not sure it is such a good idea. People (fans, especially) are often frustrated with new additions to beloved series. I'm afraid I would disappoint more people than I would please. I'm not completely set against the idea, but right now I'm enjoying writing new stories and just don't have the time. I'm glad you love Vrell, though. Thank you for reading my books! <3 ~Jill(less)
Average rating: 4.17 · 11,937 ratings · 1,849 reviews · 49 distinct worksSimilar authors
By Darkness Hid (Blood of K...

4.18 avg rating — 2,627 ratings — published 2009 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
To Darkness Fled (Blood of ...

4.20 avg rating — 1,908 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
From Darkness Won (Blood of...

4.25 avg rating — 1,649 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Captives (Safe Lands, #1)

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 721 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Darkness Reigns (The Kinsma...

3.74 avg rating — 497 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Replication: The Jason Expe...

3.83 avg rating — 952 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
King's Folly (The Kinsman C...

4.15 avg rating — 418 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Outcasts (Safe Lands, #2)

4.25 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Rebels (Safe Lands, #3)

4.22 avg rating — 317 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The New Recruit (The Missio...

4.19 avg rating — 279 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Jill Williamson…

Thirst Release Day!

Happy Thirst-day, everyone! Eight years ago I wrote chapter one of the story that became Thirst. I was working on a dystopian story (which became Captives), but I was struggling to understand the storyworld I was trying to build. I needed an origins story. A story about what happened to create this dystopian future. That’s where Thirst came […]

Read more of this blog post »
3 likes ·   •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on November 21, 2019 07:29
By Darkness Hid To Darkness Fled From Darkness Won
(3 books)
by
4.20 avg rating — 6,183 ratings

King's Folly King's Blood King's War
(3 books)
by
4.16 avg rating — 1,914 ratings

Captives Outcasts Rebels
(3 books)
by
4.13 avg rating — 1,465 ratings

The New Recruit Project Gemini Broken Trust The Profile Match
(4 books)
by
4.33 avg rating — 634 ratings

Tinker Mardok and the Seven Exiles
(2 books)
by
4.21 avg rating — 63 ratings

More series by Jill Williamson…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

By Darkness Hid-- Chapter 1 (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 09, 2009 01:50PM
Description: A kitchen boy accepts an offer to train as a kingsguard knight.
Windward Shore
Jill Williamson is currently reading
by Sharon Hinck (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Jesus: 90 Days Wi...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Prince Charles: T...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 

Jill’s Recent Updates

Jill Williamson is 15% done with Windward Shore
Windward Shore by Sharon Hinck
Windward Shore (The Dancing Realms, #3)
by Sharon Hinck (Goodreads Author)
progress: 
 
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jill Williamson is on page 96 of 448 of Jesus
Jesus by Beth Moore
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jill Williamson is currently reading
Prince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jill Williamson finished reading
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jill Williamson is currently reading
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jill Williamson started reading
Windward Shore by Sharon Hinck
Rate this book
Clear rating
" Haha! Hey, you got to start somewhere, right? 😉 "
Jill Williamson finished reading
Operation Grendel by Daniel Schwabauer
Operation Grendel
by Daniel Schwabauer (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jill Williamson rated a book it was amazing
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Rate this book
Clear rating
Use this book for a mini-lesson on sequencing and/or a mini-lesson on character development.
Jill Williamson wants to read 100 books in the 2021 Reading Challenge
11650
She has read 2 books toward her goal of 100 books.
 
Create your own 2021 Reading Challenge »
More of Jill's books…
“Just make sure that the thing you're living for is worth dying for." --Levi”
Jill Williamson, Captives

“Respect your dream.”
Jill Williamson, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book

“Your main character not only needs a goal, she need an inner desire.”
Jill Williamson, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book

Polls

This is the poll for May's Books of the Month - the two with the most votes will be selected.

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart
 
  5 votes 12.8%

Secrets (The Michelli Family Series #1) by Kristen Heitzmann Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann
 
  5 votes 12.8%

Deceived (Private Justice, #3) by Irene Hannon Deceived by Irene Hannon
 
  5 votes 12.8%

 
  4 votes 10.3%

The Widow of Larkspur Inn (Gresham Chronicles #1) by Lawana Blackwell The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell
 
  3 votes 7.7%

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert
 
  3 votes 7.7%

All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin All She Ever Wanted by Lynn Austin
 
  3 votes 7.7%

The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance
 
  2 votes 5.1%

The Day We Met by Dusti Bowling The Day We Met by Dusti Bowling
 
  2 votes 5.1%

Captives (Safe Lands, #1) by Jill Williamson Captives by Jill Williamson
 
  2 votes 5.1%

Mercy Killer by James H. Pence Mercy Killer by James H. Pence
 
  1 vote 2.6%

Rocky Mountain Dreams by Danica Favorite Rocky Mountain Dreams by Danica Favorite
 
  1 vote 2.6%

Unlimited A Novel by Davis Bunn Unlimited by Davis Bunn
 
  1 vote 2.6%

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
 
  1 vote 2.6%

A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides, #1) by Tracie Peterson A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
 
  1 vote 2.6%

Troublesome Creek (Troublesome Creek, #1) by Jan Watson Troublesome Creek by Jan Watson
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Illusion by Frank E. Peretti Illusion by Frank E. Peretti
 
  0 votes 0.0%

39 total votes
More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
SciFi and Fantasy...: This topic has been closed to new comments. October GOODREADS Fantasy Nominations. 73 315 Sep 10, 2010 08:42AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. * Readerboard - Winter Challenge 2010-2011 6 492 Feb 14, 2011 05:24PM  
75 Books...More o...: Lilly's Amazing Reads of 2012! 28 42 Mar 03, 2012 04:23AM  
Bookworm Bitches : Carrie's Ongoing Challenges 4 206 Feb 12, 2013 03:52AM  
Outread Aubrey! C...: Summer giveaways! 122 39 Sep 02, 2013 04:35PM  
Christian Fiction...: August Additional Group Read poll now open 6 60 Aug 15, 2014 08:36AM  
“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.”
Michael Crichton

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

“It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“For I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me.”
a.a. milne, The World of Winnie-the-Pooh

53 Christian Readers — 4985 members — last activity Jan 15, 2021 02:50AM
This is an open forum for people to discuss Christ-themed books. Whether you'd like to discuss theology, biographies, church history, novels or anythi ...more
396042 Young at Heart — 46 members — last activity Jun 30, 2020 02:38PM
This is a group for people of ALL ages that love to read young adult and middle-grade fiction. I am in my 30's (gasp!) and still love to read "kid" bo ...more
136427 Upper Elementary Book Review — 146 members — last activity Aug 28, 2019 06:04AM
This group is designed for teachers of grades 4-6, parents of children in this age range, or lovers of upper elementary children's books. We want to i ...more
64233 Addicted to YA — 41331 members — last activity 26 minutes ago
“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Ange ...more
73843 YA Buddy Readers' Corner ♥ — 14889 members — last activity 2 minutes ago
“We read to know that we are not alone.” ― C.S. Lewis ----------------------- WHAT DO WE DO HERE? This group encourages people to interact with f ...more
26989 Goodreads Authors/Readers — 37648 members — last activity 24 minutes ago
This group is dedicated to connecting readers with Goodreads authors. It is divided by genres, and includes folders for writing resources, book websit ...more
19451 YA Reads for Teachers (And Any Other Adults!) — 1921 members — last activity Jan 05, 2021 12:53PM
We are a group of educators (teachers, media specialists / librarians, and home school teachers) parents and other adult fans of young adult and child ...more
32480 Mock Printz 2021 — 1057 members — last activity Jan 03, 2021 10:26AM
Reading the best of the best in Young Adult literature published in the previous year. Our goal is to find the book the American Library Association's ...more
16663 Mock Newbery 2021 — 2818 members — last activity 53 minutes ago
A discussion group that reads, suggests, and enjoys current children’s literature, while searching for next years Newbery Award winning books.
188 Children's Books — 5141 members — last activity 8 hours, 34 min ago
From picture-books to juvenile fiction, award-winners to overlooked gems, the world of children's literature provides an endless supply of fabulous bo ...more
More of Jill’s groups…



Comments (showing 1-17)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 17: by Jill

Jill Williamson Thank you, Sally! :-)

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



message 16: by Jill

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" :)


message 9: by Sarah

Sarah Thanks for the add!


Savannah Jill, thank you for the friendship.
Photobucket


message 7: by John

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?


message 3: by Sam

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


message 2: by Jill

Jill Williamson You're welcome!


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


back to top