Welcome, Jill! Tell us a little about yourself.
How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
If you don’t count writing I did during my teens, about 25 years. My first book was published March 2009. I have two books in print right now with a total of six contracted so far.
If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in you books?
It’s hard to compare whose style might be similar to mine, but I would say readers who like historical novels that read with a more modern ease might like my books. I would rate the romance at PG or PG-13 depending on who is making that decision. I work harder at showing the emotion between the characters than anything explicit. There is kissing and hints at sexual relations, but I believe we don’t need the details spelled out for us.
In your own words tell us a little about Abigial.
Abigail is the third wife of King David and her journey is one of heartache and shattered dreams, but in the end she grows stronger for what she has endured and her relationship to David takes an interesting turn.
The Wives of King David series includes three books:
Michal: A Novel, Book 1
Abigail: A Novel, Book 2
Bathsheba: A Novel, Book 3
Read more about them at the series’ website: http://www.thewivesofkingdavid.com/
Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal’s foolish pride angers David and his men, she boldly steps forward to save her family—and David, the would-be king, takes notice.
Circumstances offer Abigail a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, and she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. But her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?
Abigail follows the bestselling Michal and continues Jill Eileen Smith’s rich story of David’s wives.
What made you want to write this story?
I wanted to read a novel on King David’s life and couldn’t find one that satisfied, so I sat down to write the book I wanted to read.
What research did you have to do for this book?
Research for The Wives of King David series was broad and in-depth, spanning Bible commentaries, Bible encyclopedias, Bible dictionaries, archaeological magazines, books on manners, customs, and life and times of the Old Testament eras. I searched websites for Bible places, Hebrew words, and interesting tidbits, studied maps and photos of Israel, made idea boards where I “cast” models and actors into the novel’s starring roles to help me “see” my characters, read books on women of the Bible, Bible cookbooks, and tried some of the recipes. As a final research tool, I traveled with my husband to Israel, giving me a final hands-on feel for the place.
What are you working on now or going to write next?
I’m working on Book 1 in The Wives of the Patriarchs – Sarai’s story. I’m also working up a proposal for a new series I hope to sell in the future.
How can readers get in contact with you?
Through my website – http://www.jilleileensmith.com or email me at jill at jilleileensmith.com.
What are you currently reading?
Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg
Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
Hmm…one thing readers who don’t know me personally may not know is that I have always been a Smith. I was born a Smith and married a Smith. I am also a third born who married a third born and we had three kids.
What is your favorite birthday memory?
I don’t have a specific favorite. Any birthday where I can be with my family is my favorite.
Very rich chocolate
Most treasured birthday gift?
Time with my family
What is/was this book’s release date?
February 1, 2010
Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book?
The series’ website – http://www.thewivesofkingdavid.com. Click on Abigail’s picture and then look under Bonus Features. There are book club and Bible study questions there available for free download as well.
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