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Now let's visit with novelist Jill Williamson, author of The New Recruit (Marcher Lord Press, September 2012).
Jill Williamson is a dreamer, believer, and author of all things weird. She won two Christy Awards for her Blood of Kings trilogy and recently released Replication, a science fiction teen novel.
Jill lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.
Yes, you read that correctly--Jill has won two Christy Awards already. So impressive.
Jill, please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--I used to design wedding dresses.
--I speak very little Japanese.
--I was born in Michigan.
--I was not raised as a Christian.
--I think Doctor Who is awesome.
I like your Japanese comment. It sounds as if the average person speak quite a bit more Japanese than you do.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The New Recruit.
Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.
These guys mean business.
Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.
Come on, Hollywood, are you kidding me? What a fun movie this would be!
What is it about Spencer that will make your readers care about him?
Spencer is a sarcastic and tenacious teenage boy, and I think readers will find him humorous and want him to find the answers he’s looking for.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead role?
There are few boy actors out there young enough and tall enough to pull off Spencer’s character and his red hair. I think Adam Hicks might be able to pull it off.
I had to look him up--a Disney protege of sorts!
Speaking of films, which novel would you like to see brought to film?
Melanie Dickerson’s The Merchant's Daughter, which is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s such a great love story! And its medieval. It would make a wonderful movie.
And it won the Carol Award for Young Adult Fiction this past week, to boot!
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore. It’s a fabulous story about a girl, a boy, and some angels. It’s an amazing page turner, and it really spoke to me about my own fear.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Captives, which is the first in a dystopian trilogy coming out from Zonderkidz next February. It’s based on Daniel 1 when Jerusalem in conquered by Babylon and the young people are taken into the city.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What’s something that you’re really good at (a talent, ability, skill you’ve developed)?
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 Thursday, October 4. 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.
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