Guest Author Jill Elizabeth Nelson: Imagination Offers Meaning To Reality

Jill Elizabeth NelsonToday I’m delighted to introduce friend and Author Jill Elizabeth Nelson. To be entered in the drawing for Jill’s new book Frame Up be sure to answer the question at the end of this post.

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 writers and readers groups. She delights to bring the “Ahah! Moment” to students as they make new skills their own. Her bestselling handbook for writers, Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View, is available at

Her most recent release is Frame Up from Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. Her next book, Shake Down, releases in July 2014.


One of my favorite aspects of being a writer is adapting real life into story form. In turn, the story examines reality in such a way that it reflects deeper understanding and meaning back into readers’ real lives.

C. S. Lewis put it like this: “For me, reason is the natural organ of truth, but imagination is the organ of meaning.” Truth is a fine thing, but without comprehension of its meaning, it’s a rather sterile commodity. Imagination (story-telling) breathes life into truth.

In my most recent release, Frame Up, I particularly enjoyed holding the mirror of meaning up to the relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter. As a mother of four (and now a grandmother), I’ve had plentiful opportunity to understand theFrame Up - Small feelings of Laurel Adams, my heroine, as she struggles to get to the bottom of her daughter’s sudden and mysterious surliness.

Can anyone relate to this small excerpt?

She spared a glance toward the teenager’s sullen profile. Caroline was blooming into a pretty young woman, but at the moment she was more the pouty child.

Laurel’s angst is made doubly sharp as she contrasts her public persona as a psychologist and an expert on single parenting with what she perceives as her personal failure as a parent. Regardless of professional expertise, what parent has never felt like a failure? For that matter, which of us has never experienced discouragement when we come short of the expectations we’ve set for ourselves? This common human struggle creates the bond of sympathy between readers and the character.

Anything in the following excerpt feel a tad familiar?

Laurel fixed her attention straight ahead, words churning for release behind her lips. What could she say that would pop the cork on whatever festered inside her daughter’s heart? In her speaker persona, Laurel was touted as the voice of calm wisdom to beleaguered single parents everywhere, but right now she didn’t have a clue how to deal with her own daughter.

To make matters worse, a new man steps into her life that seems to find an instant rapport with her daughter. Talk about frustration! Poor Laurel, she rejoices to see someone able to reach inside her daughter’s shell, and yet she’s passionately jealous and deeply wounded that this near stranger has done what she could not do.

Here’s how she struggles:

Laurel sat back, air gushing from her lungs. She should want to hug David for fostering a breakthrough, but honestly, right now she’d rather slap him. How irrational was that? He’d given her daughter the proper advice—talk to your mother. But Laurel was pea-green jealous—and hurt—that Caroline had opened up to him first.

You can see how this internal conflict might add complications to the love interest between Laurel and this new and potentially dangerous man in the picture. The fact that David is a murder suspect ties her emotions in a Gordian knot.

How delightfully fun this book was to write! I hope my readers also find it a nail-bitingly fun journey.

I’d like to give a signed copy of Frame Up to anyone who responds with a comment to the following question:

How does reading novels add meaning to your life?

Visit Jill on the web at: or look her up on Facebook: JillElizabethNelson.Author or Twitter:!/JillElizNelson.



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

11 thoughts on “Guest Author Jill Elizabeth Nelson: Imagination Offers Meaning To Reality

  1. Thanks for the interview. I believe we will listen to characters in books learn from their mistakes and be more the wiser.

  2. dtopliff says:

    I just enjoyed reading Frameup this week and love the tension and power pill bits of wisdom tucked in (well-represented in the quotes you gave). Jill is a gifted mature author and each book is a cut above usual romantic suspense. Well-done!

  3. Hi, Delores and Michelle. Many thanks, my friends, for the lovely words of encouragement. 🙂

  4. This sounds like a great book!! Fiction takes me to another world. Sometimes when I’m engrossed in a novel, I do believe a bomb could go off beside me and I wouldn’t notice. Great post..

  5. patti shene says:

    Hi Jill. Frame Up sounds like a delightful read.

    To answer your question, reading novels adds meaning to my life by allowing me to escape to another world. Sometimes that world makes me jealous, but other times, I come face to face with how fortunate and blessed I am! Then there are the novels that help me see the pros and cons of the lifestyles of those very different from mine.

    Thanks for this opportunity to win your book!

  6. JaniceG says:

    Just got to read this! What an enjoyable post. Sure makes me want to read the book.

    Reading novels gives meaning to my life by making me aware of possibilities I might not have thought of before. That could be in the realm of solving relationship problems, or in growing my faith, or even in choosing locations for travel.

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