Monday, September 22, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Rebels by Jill Williamson

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Jill! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure! My name is Jill Williamson. I’m the author of twelve books, most of which are fantasy novels of some kind. I live in Eastern Oregon, where there are more deer and cows than people.

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

I think I discovered it in tenth grade. We were assigned to write a short story. And mine was about twenty pages and not even half done. My teacher finally made me turn it in. But I didn’t start writing books with the intent of getting them published until 2004, when I was twenty-nine years old.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

Because they are the kind of books I most like to read.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

For me it was completing that first book. It took me three-and-a-half years. And I overcame it by writing and writing and making myself write until I finished it. And going through that process is so important for a new writer. New writers tend to start lots of stories, but finishing one is a major milestone and learning experience.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

Sure. I don’t have time to scrapbook anymore. *grin* Writing has given me a voice in this world. I’m an introvert and don’t do well with people. (If you met me at a conference and disagree, it’s because I’m comfortable with other writers. I feel like I’m with my people.) But in every-day society, I’m quiet and withdrawn. But writing gives me a voice, and that has made a huge difference in my life.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

There are so many. I really can’t say there was only one. But one of my favorites is Philippians 4: 6-7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

So many! If you mean recently, I’ve become slightly obsessed with Brandon Sanderson. His book The Rithmatist was so much fun! But so was Steelheart. And so was Mistborn. And so was Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. So … yeah.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know about ever, but this past June my friend and co-author Stephanie Morrill was unable to attend a conference we usually attend together. So I printed out her picture and put it on a stick and carried it around with me. 

Please tell us about the featured book.
Rebels is the third and final installment of The Safe Lands trilogy. We last left Mason and Omar, sentenced to liberation. And now readers will finally find out what that means! Here is the back cover copy:

The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten.

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The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.

Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough?

Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children … but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal.

If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

Can you please give us the first page?

Chapter 1

Levi woke to the sounds of chaos. Footsteps thumping through the house. Giggling toddlers. Screeching children. Women unsuccessfully shushing.

He rolled over. No sign of his wife. She must be up already and keeping the children out of the room.

It all came back then: Mason and Omar had been captured. Mason had been shot in the leg. Omar had been beat up by General Otley.

At least Otley was dead now. But what would become of his brothers?

Outside the room, someone banged against the door, followed by an ear-piercing squeal.

Levi wondered what time it was, but this room had no clock. This was no way to remain inconspicuous to neighbors. Not in a place where children live only at the boarding school.

When he’d finally laid down that morning—after having seen his brothers captured and after Nash had brought Shaylinn, the medic named Ciddah, and Kendall’s baby boy to Zane’s house—there had been over fifty bodies crammed into the small dwelling in the Midlands. They’d covered the floor, sleeping side by side and head to toe.

Now all of them seemed to be wide awake and filled with energy.

Levi slid out of bed and opened the door. Three little girls ran past, nearly knocking him over, filled with shrieking giggles. They all met at the end of the hallway, colliding like cornered chicks.

“Give it back!” one yelled. “I found it!”

Then they ran back toward him.

He reached out and caught the first. It was Eliza’s Kaylee, a rhinestone butterfly pinched between her fingers. The other two stopped behind her, and she pulled her hand close to keep her treasure away from her pursuers. “No running in the house, Kaylee,” Levi said. “And you must keep your voices down.”

Where can readers learn more information about you?


Other blogs: –a site where I teaches about writing.

Readers of Jill Williamson FB Group: 

(This giveaway is only open to followers of Christian Book Review Blog, so be sure you are a follower!) 
Jill has generously offered to giveaway a print copy of RebelsPrint giveaway is available to U.S residents only. Giveaway ends on Saturday October 4, 2014 at midnight (Eastern time). Thanks for coming by to enter!

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  1. Thanks for this give-away! Yes, I do enjoy young adult fiction. I haven't read much dystopian books, but they sound interesting and I want to try them. :)

  2. I haven't read much dystopian, either, but I'm eager to give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway!