Award-winning author and writing teacher, Jill Elizabeth Nelson, writes what she likes to read—tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith. Jill is a popular speaker for conferences, writers groups, library associations, and civic and church groups. She lives in rural Minnesotawith her husband of over 30 years. Visit Jill on the web at: www.jillelizabethnelson.com or look her up on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JillElizabethNelson.Author or Twitter @JillElizNelson.
I write romantic suspense because the genre combines the mystery I love with heart-pounding danger for the hero or heroine. Plus, I can’t seem to write any type of story without some level of romance in it. I don’t do gooey, but I sure do enjoy a poignant touch of relationship drama.
My stories generally also have a touch of humor in them, as well. I consider wisps of comic relief essential to the pacing. And then, of course, there is the faith element.
My faith permeates everything I am and do. In Him I live and move and have my being. Whether folks realize it or not, every writer has a worldview, and that worldview will inevitably be revealed in their writing. The Christian worldview spreads hope and light and life. People are hungry for those things in this increasingly dark world. I’m honored to be called as a novelist for Christ in this day and hour.
My journey to first novel publication was a long and winding road, or at least it seemed so to me—stretching from the 6th grade, when I first realized I wanted to write books, until 2005 when my children were nearly grown. The years in between were necessary development for me as a writer and a person.
I tried my hand at all kinds of writing throughout high school and college—journalism, poetry, short stories. Then with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing, I married and had four children, and the writing slid to the far back burner, as it should when small children depend on their mama.
The challenges experienced as a wife and mother matured me as a person and a Christian. I believe my dream of becoming a published novelist was fulfilled in precisely God’s perfect timing.
As I mentioned above, my desire to write books came upon me in the sixth grade. I was already an avid reader by then, and my wonderful sixth grade teacher felt the same way about books. She would sit each day at the head of the class and read the most imaginative stories to us.
Somewhere in the process of listening, it dawned on me that I wanted not merely to be the person who received pleasure from a good story; I wanted to be the person who gave that pleasure to others. That year, I penned—er, penciled my first novel. It was more novella length, but at least I finished it. Then I was hooked on writing as much as I had been on reading.
Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s Books:
Jilted and hurting, Kelly Granger buries her broken heart in her work as a veterinarian battling to save pets from a mysterious illness, while state health inspector Matt Bennett investigates Kelly’s sister’s restaurant for the cause of a fatal poisoning. Kelly faces a vicious dog and even more vicious people to uncover a common denominator between the illnesses. Matt has his hands full proving himself worthy of her trust—and hopefully, her love. But if his investigation sends Kelly’s sister to jail, he’ll never win her heart. Will uncovering the truth cost them more than their romance? Will it cost them their lives?
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I’ve had the treat of hearing Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s teaching on Deep POV at our MN NICE Local ACFW Chapter Meeting. An amazing wealth of information that helped me on my writing journey.
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