Monday, November 25, 2013

Quaint Q & A for Writers and Readers

I've been tagged with a unique Q & A especially for writers and readers. Here are my answers, and I invite you to join the fun by responding with an answer to one of these questions. All respondents have a chance to win a signed copy of my January release, Frame Up. This Q & A is for writers, too, so I include my fellow Sisters in the invitation to respond and participate in the book drawing.

1. What's the one book or writing project you haven't yet written but still hope to?

One day I hope to finish my medieval fantasy series. My hero rocks, and his love interest will steal your hearts! The first book in the series, Kingmaker, is the book of my heart, but fantasy is a tough sell. However, the Lord will light the way at the appropriate time.

 2. If you had one entire day in which to do nothing but read, what book would you start with? (Any chance of that happening over the Thanksgiving holiday or the upcoming Christmas season?)

 Vanished by Irene Hannon is on my TBR stack. I'd have to go there first.

 3. What was your first writing "instrument" (besides pen and paper)?

 A PC that is now a dinosaur and extinct, but I sure gave it a workout!

 4. What's your best guess as to how many books you read in a month?

Difficult question. Some months I read 5 – 6. Other months I have no time to read any. Depends on where I’m at on deadline or with family and church commitments. During the three years I served as Senior Inspirational Reviewer for Romantic Times magazine, I read 12 – 15 books per month and wrote reviews about them.

 5. What's your favorite writing "machine" you've ever owned?

My laptop goes with me any time I travel, and I use it every day. It’s got loads of memory, which is so handy when you’re dealing with full length manuscripts.

 6. What's the one book you remember most clearly from your youth (childhood or teens)?

The Hobbit. That book entranced me from page one. I think my desire to be a writer was born with reading that book over and over again. Could I ever draw a reader into a fictional world so completely? Naturally, I had to move on into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I also enjoyed Lloyd Alexander’s series that starts with The Book of Three. Loads of great imagery, wonderful characters, and deep themes. Madeline L’Engles’ A Wrinkle in Time was also a favorite, along with any of the YA books by C. S. Lewis. Oh, and I always enjoyed a good Encyclopedia Brown, Sherlock Holmes, or Nancy Drew story. Evidently, my favorite genres are fantasy and mystery/suspense.

This Q&A is interactive for writers and readers. Go ahead and respond with your unique answers to one or more of these questions.

Have a delightful day, and for our blog readers in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving!


 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, civic and church 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 now available at Visit Jill on the web at: or look her up on Facebook: or Twitter:!/JillElizNelson. Her most release is Betrayal on the Border from Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. Her next book Frame Up releases in January 2014.


  1. Hi Jill,I enjoyed your post!If I had one entire day in which to do nothing but read,I would probably start with Submerged by Dani Pettrey.Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Frame Up!

    Katie N.

  2. I'd have to say I've probably read 3-4 books in a month (it's probably more than that though :)). I'd love to win "Frame Up", thank you!! :)