Jill Elizabeth Nelson – Romantic Real Life & Character Interview – Part 1 of 2

Shannon here: Jill Elizabeth Nelson shares insight into her real life romance and her characters’ from her novella, New Year’s Target included in the 2015 New Year’s anthology entitled Countdown to Danger. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Jan 21 – 23 to enter the drawing for a copy. Two winners get one book each. Deadline: Jan 31st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Jill:

Jill Elizabeth Nelson and hubbyCountdown to Danger by Hannah Alexander and Jill Elizabeth Nelson

  • Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?

Frankly, we don’t “vacation” as such. Generally, our time off work over the years has been to go on some sort of short-term mission trip. We love it! Now that we’ve retired, we “snowbird” to Thailand during the winter months. It’s a win-win situation. We feel like we are making a valuable contribution in the Kingdom of God, and we get to miss out on the snow and ice in Minnesota.

The photo of me and my husband was taken within the last couple of years at an orchid farm in Thailand.

  • How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he was the one?
  • How soon after meeting you did your spouse know you were the one?

I’ll answer questions these together.

We knew very quickly. We met at a Bible study at the house of a mutual friend. He was a brand new believer, and I was a renewed believer after a time of seeking and questioning in college.

We pretty much felt the Lord’s nudge toward each other right away, but it took a bit of time and tip-toing around the idea before either of us was ready to take the plunge and start seeing each other outside of the weekly Bible study. But once we did, we were married within the year. I think some friends and family were skeptical, but here we are 33 years later, still married.

In a paraphrase of Ruth Graham’s famous quote on marriage: We never considered divorce, just murder a time or two. Ha-ha! Very appropriate for a romantic suspense writer. My husband has kidded me a time or two about whether he should feel afraid about the imaginative ways I know to kill someone.

  • Where is the most romantic place your hero and heroine have ever been?

The Aspen ski lodge where they meet again for the first time since high school. Scrappy tomboy, Cassidy Ferris, has become a Seattle cop, and football hero Tim Halstead has become a lawyer. Unfortunately, when they run into each other—almost literally—on the ski slope, romance is the last thing on their minds . . . though apparently their hearts have minds of their own.

  • How soon after meeting the hero did the heroine know he was the one?

Years and years. My H & H were childhood enemies. The in-school battle between them became rather clannish as each defended their own siblings and cousins. The feud got rather ugly a time or two, as you will find out in the story, but somehow the underlying attraction between Cassidy and Tim seemed obvious to everyone else but them.

  • How soon after meeting the heroine did the hero know she was the one?

See the answer to the above question. Here’s a quote from Tim’s point of view: maybe the problem was that he still hadn’t figured out which he wanted to do more—kiss Cassidy Ferris or strangle her. That old feud and the underlying attraction between Cassidy and Tim plays straight into the villain’s hands.

  • What is the most caring thing your hero has ever done for your heroine?

Tackled her to the ground with true football hero gusto when she is about to be clobbered by something potentially deadly. Needless to say, she did not at first appreciate the gesture.

  • If you hero and heroine end up married, where will they go on their honeymoon?

Someplace—anyplace!—warm. I think they had enough of skiing vacations. 😉

About Jill: 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 enjoys speaking at 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 available at http://amzn.to/IvQTkj. Visit Jill on the web at: www.jillelizabethnelson.com or look her up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JillElizabethNelson.Author. A novella entitled, New Years Target, in the anthology Countdown to Danger, was her January 2015 release from Love Inspired Romantic Suspense.

About the book – New Year’s Target: New Year’s Target is a novella in the 2015 New Year’s anthology entitled Countdown to Danger from Love Inspired Romantic Suspense.

When a sniper shoots at Cassidy Ferris on a ski slope, the wounded police detective is shocked by her rescuer’s identity—her childhood nemesis, Tim Halstead. As the threats escalate, they must join forces to uncover why a killer has targeted them both.

Question: Have you ever been skiing? Why or why not?

Come back Jan 23rd for Jill’s inspiration for New Year’s Target and an excerpt!

13 Responses to “Jill Elizabeth Nelson – Romantic Real Life & Character Interview – Part 1 of 2”

  • angela chesnut says:

    I have been skiing. scared of heights and of falling.

  • Shelia Hall says:

    No ,I have never went skiing because I am so clumsy I would end up in a body cast if I did

  • I tried to go skiing once. In Georgia, where we lived at the time. But when we got there, the snow machine was broken. I was kind of relieved because I envisioned falling.

  • Mariannr says:

    sounds intriguing. No, I have never skied…I’m not coordinated enough for it. But love to read about it.

  • Deanna S says:

    This sounds like a great story. No, I haven’t ever skied. I’m a klutz I’d probably wreck a toboggan from the back seat ! I’d enjoy reading this Hannah Alexander book 🙂

  • Janet Estridge says:

    Living in Florida I don’t snow ski, of course, but I could water ski if I wanted to.
    I don’t want to.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  • Lori Weller says:

    Sounds like a great book!!! No I haven’t ever been skiing, too clumsy and no opportunity.

  • Jackie Smith says:

    No, never been skiing…..too scared!
    Would love to win this book….two of my fave authors so am sure I would love it.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

  • karen says:

    I have tried skiing but spent more time falling down then skiing. I don’t think I will be trying it again anytime soon.

  • Yes I have skied just one time on the beginners trail. I did manage to stay up the whole way back to the bottom but could not master the stopping. Those who ski good make it look so easy, but believe its not. My husband fell and hurt his knee and we never went again.But my two girls took skiing in school so went way up the skiing mountain. we lived in Jackson, Wyoming at that time. Was neat that skiing was just like another class. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks! Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  • Cyn says:

    I’d love to win a copy to read while watching the rest of the family ski! 😉 We live in CO and I value pain free walking more than the slopes anymore!
    Skiing was fun back in the day. These days, the fun zaps right out when it hurts too much just walking back to the car after a day on the slopes. Muscles I didn’t know could “pull” are sore for days.
    c d 2 k14(at) gmail (dot) com

  • I’ve been skiing a few times, back when I lived in California and when I lived in Rhode Island and Maine. I never quite got the hang of it, and now typically spend the time in the lodge enjoying cocoa and sledding where I can. Thankfully there are always quite a few activities you can enjoy even if you are ski challenged. 🙂


  • Merry says:

    No. Skiing looks beautiful and exciting but going fast, downhill is too scary!

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