Welcome to Writing for Christ Jill Nelson! Thank you for being with us today.
How long did you write before you were published?
I’ve dreamed of becoming a novelist since I was a young girl in the sixth grade. I was already a voracious reader, but sometime during that year, I came to realize that I didn’t want merely to be the person who received pleasure from a good book; I wanted to be the person who gave that pleasure to others. Over the years, the dream awakened and then died several grizzly deaths, but along about the year 2000, when my four children were becoming more and more independent, it was like the Holy Spirit blew on the embers of that dream in my soul, and the desire became a consuming fire. After that, it took until 2005 in order to receive my first book contract. It was with Multnomah Books, a division of Random House, to write my “To Catch a Thief” series.
How did you come up with the idea for your story?
I’ve always been fascinated by social dynamics in a small town. Having lived in rural communities all my life, I’m intimately familiar with the unique politics involved. Crafting a story about the shadow cast over a town by its founding family came readily to me. I was particularly interested to explore the affects past sins and secrets can have on a tight-knit community and how the illusion of power is always trumped by the immutable laws of God. We do reap what we sow, no matter how grand and invincible we imagine ourselves to be.
The scripture I used at the front of the book was Psalm 37: 10 – 11 from the NIV version of the Bible: A little while and the wicked will be no more; Though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. I comfort myself with these words quite often when I see the injustices in the world.
Where can readers find out more about your books?
My web site offers the opportunity for readers to sample excerpts, click straight through for purchase, sign up for my quarterly e-newsletter, and play a game for a monthly chance to win a signed copy of my most current release. You can check these opportunities out at http://www.jillelizabethnelson.com.
What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?
I often go out on speaking and teaching engagements. There is one message I always want to leave with my listeners: If God will fulfill a life-long dream from this nobody-in-particular from nowhere-special, He can and will do the same for anyone!
Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?
Here’s a taste to whet your appetite for Legacy of Lies:
Secrets Buried Deep!
Evidence from a decades-old murder is the last thing Nicole Keller-Mattson expected to find in her grandmother’s back yard, but the finger-pointing and accusations leveled at her family came as no surprise. Everyone in Ellington is eager to blame the Kellers—but after an attack leaves Nicole’s grandmother in a coma, only Nicole can clear the family name. With the assistance of police chief Rich Hendricks, she stands a chance of solving the mystery . . . if she’s willing to accept Rich’s help. Nicole lost her policeman husband in the line of duty—getting close to another cop is too painful. But keeping her distance could be deadly.
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