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Monday, January 9, 2012

Jill Williamson and Free Books!

PhotobucketA girl discovers her biologist father is covering up multiple secrets—all of which are named Jason.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of any four of my novels is:

margie@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address and to find out which four books you want. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit novelist Jill Williamson, author of Replication: The Jason Experiment (Zondervan, December 2011).

PhotobucketJill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches.

Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--I love those chocolate oranges they sell at Christmastime.

--I have three wedding dresses in my closet and made all three.

--I found one of my Christmas presents hidden behind the toolbox.

--The Christmas present was a box of chocolates—score!

--And my superhero identity is the Randomizer.

Oh, my goodness, those chocolate oranges are the best. I made my sister's wedding gown. And I spilled spaghetti sauce on it while I was making it. Yes, I was that stupid.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Replication.

PhotobucketAbby Goyer is forced to move to rural Alaska when her father unexpectedly takes a job in a remote laboratory called Jason Farms. Suspicious of her father’s decisions, she investigates and finds more than what she was looking for when a strange boy shows up at her door.

Martyr, one of fifty-five identical clones, escaped from the underground lab at the farm with one wish: to see the sky before he fulfills his purpose and “expires” on his eighteenth birthday.

Abby tries to help Martyr see that God has a purpose for his life, one that is different from the one the scientists originally planned for him.

What a fantastic premise, Jill. I love it!

What is it about Martyr that will make your readers care about him?

Martyr is unique. His questions about basic things... the sky, colors... and the deeper things... God, love, and marriage... It will make you think about how many of us take such blessings for granted. Martyr’s selflessness is also quite endearing.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketWell, I know it isn’t likely, but I’d vote for my book trailer actors. They did a great job helping me out. So if I had my way, Ashton Stark

Photobucketand Gillian Adams could get their shot at an acting career.

Complete this sentence: If I had known 20 years ago what I know today, I would have …

Found a way to attend a youth group regularly.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Melanie Dickerson’s The Merchant's Daughter. It’s a fun, clean fairytale romance for teens that adult readers will also enjoy.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on a two-book series that’s scheduled to release in 2013. The first, tentatively called Thirst, is an apocalyptic story, and the sequel is called Captives, and it’s the dystopian future result of that first book.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

727583: Replication: The Jason Experiment

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is one of your dreams or life goals? Have you achieved it? If so, when? If not, are you still working on it?

Thank you, Jill, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jill has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jill's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Cara Putman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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margie said...

I am ecstatic to have won and will be emailing you with the books I want and the mailing address!! Thank you...thank you...thank you!!! This has made my day so much brighter:) Margie

Laura J said...

Twenty years ago, I was in 6th grade. I wish I had known to focus less on boys!

Thanks for the chance to win your book. It looks great!

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

My dream was to be a teacher...and i was both kindergarten assistant and Sunday School teacher for many many years. Thanks for the great opportunity to win, and the great interview

Trish Perry said...

Oh, Laura, do I hear you! Isn't it amazing that we could have had our heads turned at such a young age? I always keep that in mind with regard to young girls now.

Marianne, how lovely that you were able to live out your dream like that. Not everyone manages to even get a taste of their dreams.

lgm52 said...

When I was younger, one of my dreams was to become a librarian...and I attained that dream and have been retired from that position for almost 4 yrs...It was a perfect "job" for me...although I loved it so much it didn't really feel like a job or work!

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me.
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Jennifer said...

To be a better person for God and others. I'm still working on this goal.

BOB said...

Is to finish school and to find a good college. Thanks :)
cryptictiger at rocketmail dot com

Bethany said...

My main goal is to be a mom :) I haven't gotten there yet....someday, hopefully!

This book sounds really interesting! cbus.blogger@gmail.com

Jill Williamson said...

Oh, I hear you, Laura. I remember noticing two things in 6th grade. One couple had started holding hands! And the girl whose desk was next to mine had covered the top with pictures of Jon Bon Jovi. I remembered thinking to myself, "She likes boys with long hair and no shirts?" LOL

Jill Williamson said...

What a wonderful dream! And congrats on achieving it. Teachers are amazing. I'm so thankful for teachers. And I bet there are many people out there who are thankful to have been taught by you, Marianne.

Jill Williamson said...

Wow! Congrats on the job and on your retirement! It's the best when you love your job so much it never feels like work. I'm glad you got to do that job for so many years. I bet you got to read a lot of books, too!

Jill Williamson said...

Wonderful goal! I think we're all still working on that one.

Jill Williamson said...

Bob! Great plans! Many don't do that these days. Any ideas what you want to study in college?

Jill Williamson said...

Bethany! I love that goal. It's precious. My daughter wants to be a mom too. She is only eight, but it's so much fun to watch her around babies and any children smaller than her. She truly has a love for little ones. Are babies a magnet for you too? Some people are just naturally gifted with children.



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