Today we wrap up the CSFF blog tour for Jill Williamson’s fantasy novel By Darkness Hid. I’ve been looking at the other bloggers’ posts and so far it’s been a great tour.
Now I have the privilege of posting the results of an interview I conducted with Jill. Thank you, Jill, for being so gracious and patient with all of us bloggers this week. And now for the interview:
What led you to write “By Darkness Hid”?
My son and I were walking past house that had burned down. There was a tree in the yard that was half charred and half leafy green. I thought it was so cool. So I ran home and Photoshopped the tree. It’s the same tree that is the header on my website.
I also had a weird dream about a woman soldier who was on a mission to rescue the heir to the land. His transport had been in an accident and he was taken to a hospital on the wrong side of the city, the dangerous side. He was in a coma. But there was another guy in the hospital room who had amnesia. And only I knew that the coma guy was an impostor. Amnesia guy was the real heir. And the soldier woman was going to be the one to figure it all out.
How long did it take you to write the book?
I spent a couple months creating my storyworld. I started writing in December 2007. It took me a little over a month to write the first draft. I spent the next six months rewriting it, getting critiques from my critique group, and rewriting some more. The book was done when I showed Jeff Gerke my first chapter at the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference that July.
Who was your favorite character to write? What is your favorite thing about that character?
Achan is my favorite. I like that he is sarcastic and hates fancy clothes. I like that he calls Vrell, Sparrow.
Who are your favorite authors and who inspired you to become a creative writer?
In the Christian market, my favorite author is Frank Peretti. The Harry Potter books inspired me to write fiction because Christians in my community were arguing about whether the books should be read by Christians. Also, my pastor at the time, Pastor Joe Torosian, read my first chapter and encouraged me. He told me I was telling, not showing, and he told me that this was a worthy calling and I should go for it.
If you could be any character from a fantasy book, who would it be and why?
I would be Princess Leia. Because she’s smart and tough and a princess and she gets to marry Han Solo. J Plus she’s got spunk.
Now that the first two books in the Blood of Kings trilogy are published, I see there is one more book left. When can we expect to see that hit the shelves?
If all goes well, book three should be out April 2011.
Are you working on any new projects?
I am polishing up that first book of mine. It’s a Christian Agent Cody Banks-type story called The New Recruit. I’m also brainstorming a new fantasy story that I’m excited about. And I get to draw a brand new map!
How can readers find you on the web?
On top of that, I run two blogs. The first is Novel Teen Book Reviews at www.novelteen.com. It’s a website that reviews clean teen fiction. This is a great resource to see what books are available in the Christian market for teens. The other blog is for teen authors, though adult authors may find some useful tips too. www.teenageauthor.com.
Again, thank you, Jill, and thanks to everyone else who stopped by. If you haven’t read By Darkness Hid yet, I hope we have convinced you to get a copy soon. If you love good Christian fantasy, I encourage you to support Jill by purchasing a copy if you can. If we support good, strong Christian fantasy, hopefully it will encourage more publishers to produce more of the same!
Great tour, guys.
CSFF Blog Tour
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Rebecca LuElla Miller
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John W. Otte
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