Help me welcome Jill Eileen Smith. She is the bestselling writer of the Wives of King David collection, the Wives of the Patriarchs collection, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon collection. Her analysis into the lives of biblical ladies has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she or he notably enjoys learning how ladies lived in Previous Testament occasions. Jill lives together with her household in southeast Michigan.
A J: What would you be doing together with your free time in case you weren’t writing?
Jill: Spending extra time with my husband, touring, seeing websites or doing issues we haven’t yet skilled collectively.
A J: So much to see and so little time. God gave us a fantastic and interesting world to discover. What are you at present reading? What is your favourite style for personal reading pleasure?
Jill: I’m in the midst of a number of books right now. I’m reading a ebook for analysis on my next story, a non-fiction for my personal progress, a number of devotionals to encourage me in my walk with the Lord, and just started a novel by Julie Klassen. I have a number of favourite genres – historical, modern political thrillers, Christian romance, and on occasion fantasy.
A J: Your reading preferences are just like mine. I’ve never recognized an writer who wasn’t additionally a reader. What different books have you ever written, whether revealed or not?
Jill: I’ve a number of books on my pc that haven’t but been revealed. One is a up to date ladies’s fiction, two are set within the 1920-30’s era, and one is a few third finished–an historical western. I’m a fan of the 1920’s and 30’s and want to pursue that someday because it was the era of my grandparents.
A J: Good to know that there are various more books by Jill Eileen Smith to return. How do you manage your writing day? So many hours per day writing? Use a phrase rely to determine when to cease? Just write till you drop?
Jill: At present, I’m contracted to put in writing one full-length novel and one novella a yr – two totally different collection. In an effort to meet those deadlines, I determine once I need to end the primary draft, divide how many months I’ve into word rely per day, and go from there. I sometimes purpose for 1000-1500 phrases per day/5 days per week. If I can do more, great. I often goal to finish a first draft 5 or 6 months before it’s due as a result of I do three to 6 rewrites through the remaining months till deadline.
A J: Oh, to be so organized. You encourage me be extra systematic in organizing my writing time. How do you do the research on your books? How does the research differ between historic or modern?
Jill: I begin by studying the story in Scripture and any related accounts involving the characters. Then I learn commentaries and books associated to the life and occasions of the period. I have lists of my assets for a few of my collection on my website if anybody is interested. (The lists are on the guide pages for every of the Wives of King David collection beneath Bonus Options.)
Historic research requires a bit extra analysis, I assume, than modern as a result of you must step into a unique time and place the place few individuals have visited besides college students of historic historical past. Modern research might be troublesome although because it requires keeping up with current day, with ever-changing culture and know-how. Historic fiction writers don’t have to fret about their stories turning into dated. They are already dated. Modern writers can have their stories appear to be historic tales too soon after they’re in print.
A J: I agree that historical fiction writing has a slight benefit. In some says I find modern fiction harder. It’s straightforward to use trendy props that quickly grow to be outdated quite building a strong story. What side of the writing craft comes easiest to you?
Jill: Modifying. The first draft is the hardest for me. I take pleasure in modifying and fixing the things I received incorrect the first time round.
A J: I need to admit to the other. I can write the first draft fairly simply, but the modifying drives me nuts. Do you define your books or let the story go where it needs?
Jill: I forged my characters with actual footage so that I can see who they are. Then I write very long paragraph summaries of the story – type of a lengthy outline. But I don’t all the time comply with that outline once I begin writing. Once I get to know my characters, they have a tendency to take the story the place it needs to go—inside the tips of Scripture.
A J: Earlier than I started to put in writing I assumed writers very odd to say that their characters might take over the story, but now … nicely, now I assume I’ve to confess to being as odd as my characters also can drive the course of the story seemingly on their own. What are you working on right now? Do you’re employed on multiple guide at a time?
Jill: I am working on a novella – Solomon’s Egyptian wife – due March 1, 2015. At the similar time, I am starting to research Ruth’s story, which is the subsequent full-length story that’s due in December.
A J: Solomon’s Egyptian wife, now that’s a Biblical character I’ve never considered. Please plan to return again when that novella is revealed to inform us extra. What classes have you discovered as a printed writer?
Jill: Robust question. I assume the most important lesson has been to belief God with the story. I had much more time to craft a narrative once I had no deadlines. Now, when a e-book is due by the top of the yr, I don’t have the posh to spend years in research or writing at my leisure. I’ve to maintain to some sort of schedule and get the phrase rely down regardless of life’s interruptions. Some books are a huge challenge, and a number of other occasions I’ve questioned if I might write the story. I prayed via each scene of Rebekah, and was pretty positive I might never finish Deborah’s story. But every time God saw me by means of all of it. I just want I might trust Him sufficient to avoid the angst along the best way!
A J: When I have asked my non-writer associates to wish that I can convey God’s Scriptural fact via my fiction writing they typically appear stunned. But more than writing an excellent novel, I additionally need to honor my God via my writing. What is the hardest part after the e-book is revealed?
Jill: I have been blessed with a very type readership. However not every assessment is encouraging. So I’ve discovered, to be able to guard my coronary heart, to avoid studying most evaluations. If they are unkind, it will probably harm more than it ought to. If they’re too glowing, it may increase my ego. Neither is a clever use of my mental and emotional power.
A J: That may be a sensible angle towards critiques. I know that they can be helpful for individuals in deciding to purchase and skim a sure guide. However as you say, I’m unsure they are that useful for the writer. What’s it about your lead character that may make your readers care about him/her?
Jill: I hope my readers will come away with a greater understanding of Rahab’s culture and understand the courage it took for her to belief two male spies, when she might have thought-about most males untrustworthy. I additionally hope that readers will see the religious struggles that both Rahab and Salmon confronted and come away with a sense of God’s nice grace. The trials they confronted could seem totally different from ours once we see them from a distance, but once we take a look at the human character, we will see lots of similarities. Betrayal, loss, worry, faith are all acquainted feelings. I hope we will study from their tales.
A J: Tell us concerning the story of The Crimson Cord.
Jill: The Crimson Cord, Rahab’s Story, tells the story of the prostitute Rahab as recorded in the biblical guide of Joshua. Rahab is concerned with the fall of Jericho and through an act of courageous religion saves herself and her household. The story takes us back to how she turned a prostitute in the first place and her journey from the depths of despair to a relationship with the God who beloved her from the start.
A J: Please give us the backcover of the ebook.
Jill: “Rahab’s story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill’s storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Occasions bestselling writer of Mine Is the Night time
Wife to a gambler who took one too many dangers, Rahab finds herself bought as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Pressured into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her home, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.
In a single dangerous moment, she takes a leap of religion, puts her trust in a God she doesn’t know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they’ll hold their promise, however she has no concept what sort of challenges await her outdoors Jericho’s partitions–or if she is going to ever know the which means of affection.
Underneath Jill Eileen Smith’s gifted hand, the acquainted story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse your self in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine conferences, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical determine claims her full humanity–and a everlasting place in your heart.
A J: What’s next after The Crimson Cord?
Jill: I simply turned within the manuscript for Deborah’s story, guide 2 in the Daughters of the Promised Land collection. I’m starting analysis on Ruth’s story – ebook three in that very same collection. At the similar time, I lately finished edits on e-book 2 in the Loves of Solomon collection (The Shepherdess) and am finishing the 3rd novella in that collection, which is due March 1st.
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Thanks, Jill, for sharing this guide with us.
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