Thursday, October 28, 2010

Interview With Jill Nelson and Book Giveaway!

Hey everyone, today I have author Jill Elizabeth Nelson with us. She is the author of many mystery suspense novels, which explains why I like her so much:) I love her books! And, she has graciously offered one book to one of my blog readers. This is her new mystery, Legacy of Lies. Sounds very neat!

Thank you for being with us today, Jill!!!


How long have you known you wanted to be an author?

I’ve dreamed of becoming a published novelist since I penned—er, penciled my first mystery in the sixth grade. I was already a voracious reader by the time I reached that level in school and didn’t need any encouragement to pick up a book, but many of my classmates didn’t feel the same way about reading. I think my wonderful teacher that year wanted to help them learn to enjoy books so she read to us each day from the most imaginative novels. Somewhere in the process of this, I began to realize that I wanted not merely to be the person who got pleasure from a good book, I wanted to be the person who gave that pleasure to others.


Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?

The hero of Legacy of Lies is a small town police chief confronted with the resurrection of the most heinous crime ever committed in his community—the kidnapping and disappearance of the sole heir of the town’s founding family. To complicate finding the solution, the case is 50 years old! The heroine of Legacy of Lies is a cop’s widow, newly come to the community and the one who discovers the remains that resurrect the tragic case.

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.

Here’s a quick summary of what to expect:

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.

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?

I was particularly interested to explore the affect 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.


Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?

I’ve been privileged to travel on several short term mission trips—Jamaica, Thailand, and New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The last one in that list was quite the eye-opening experience. Sometimes it necessitated eye-shutting! But a lot of fruit came of it. Many divine appointments. J I look forward to taking many more mission trips. Perhaps the next one will be to the Philippines, where dear missionary friends are stationed.

As far as a personal trip, I’d love to head for Orange County, CA, and visit my sister in her lovely home, probably see some of the sights in the area, and then fly north to Alaska to visit my other sister. I’ve never been to visit their West Coast homes so the journey would be a real treat!

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?

I’m going to be at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. Can you even imagine the half of the glory?! I can’t think of another event to top that one. I may not know when it’ll be, but—Praise God—I’ve got a seat with my name card on it! In the meantime, I’m making myself available to deliver invitations to others.

Do you have a favorite hobby?

Reading, of course. My tastes are eclectic. I can enjoy a book in almost any genre, but mystery and suspense books remain my favorites. I’m a fan of puzzles of all sorts, so that tendency translates into my taste in reading material. I’ll lay a book down, though, if I can figure out “who dunnit” within the first few chapters. When I write, I’m a stickler about making the mystery aspect of my plot a challenge to figure out before-hand, and yet quite clear in hindsight once the truth is revealed. I leave my readers to tell me if I’ve succeeded. ;-)


Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?

Nobody enjoys rejection, but I’ve come to accept it as part of the business. I’m also heartily convinced that a rejection is God’s way of saying, “Be patient. I’ve got something better for you.”

Any last thoughts for your readers?

Whenever I go out on speaking engagements, I like to tell my audience that if God can bring to pass a cherished dream (becoming a novelist) for this nobody in particular from nowhere special, He can and will do it for them too!

And how can they connect with you?

My web site Contact page has a place for readers to write to me directly. I do my best to answer! The Contest page offers a game that readers can play for a monthly chance at a signed copy of my newest release. I’ve also provided a whole page of links to other Christian writers’ sites, as well as helpful links for fellow authors. To read excerpts of my books or to find purchase links for them, check out my Books page. I also run a book review blog that offers lots of opportunities to win free books by other authors. Check it all out at http://www.jillelizabethnelson.com.

So, does that not sound like a neat book! To enter the giveaway, the MANDATORY ENTRY is to leave me a comment telling me where you would like to take a missions trip to.

EXTRA ENTRIES-Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
1.Follow my blog via GFC.
2.Subscribe via RSS Feed.
3.Follow me on Twitter.
4.Enter any of my other giveaways.
5.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done 3 times a day.

This giveaway will end 11/4. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

36 comments:

Ariel said...

I have always wanted to go on a missions trip to Africa.

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Ariel said...

I am a follower.

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Ariel said...

I follow you on Twitter.

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PoCoKat said...

A missions trip to Central America is a dream of mine.

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PoCoKat said...

I follow on GFC.

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yllektra (force-oblique) said...

I would love to go to Cambodia or Egypt. XD

I'm a follower on GFC and twitter (Kelly A. - yllektra(force-oblique) // @yllektra)

I tweeted http://twitter.com/yllektra/status/29030014014

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skkorman said...

I would like to take a missions trip to Africa!

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Patrick and Emillie said...

I have been on many missions trips and would love to go to Haiti.

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Patrick and Emillie said...

I follow - gfc
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Patrick and Emillie said...

I subscribe - google feed
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Patrick and Emillie said...

I entered your Pretty Woman perfume giveaway.
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Michele said...

I'd like to go on a missions trip to Russia
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Michele said...

I'm a GFC follower
Michele
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jacque said...

ooh...easy one! I'd love to go to Mali (Africa) to meet my World Vision adopted child and mission to her village!
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Kristie said...

I would like to go to Africa.
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Kristie said...

I follow via GFC. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristie said...

I subscribe via Google Reader. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristie said...

I entered the Rise Above giveaway.
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marybelle said...

China would be my choice.

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Linda said...

Brazil, as my sister had two exchange students from that country.

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Maureen said...

I would have to say China and France. I've heard they are very Dark!

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Maureen said...

I have Tweeted this giveaway!


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Maureen said...

I follow on GFC!


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Maureen said...

I left a comment on Holiday Shopping Event Day 3 Riverwalk Christmas Giveaway!


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Maureen said...

I subscribed RSS Feed.



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Nancye said...

I would love to go on a missons trip to China.

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Nancye said...

I also entered the giveaway for "Words Unspoken"

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Tori said...

I would love to take a mission trip to Alaska
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Tori said...

I entered your words unspoken giveaway
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Tori said...

I follow via google connect
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Tori said...

I follow on twitter - mommatori82
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Julie said...

My countries where I would like to go for a mission trip is Africa or Indonesia
thanks for the giveaway
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follow blog as jelaws5
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feed sub through google
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