Christian Fiction Scavenger Stop # 31

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You made it to stop number 31! Well done. (You’re almost home.)

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I have the pleasure of introducing you to my friend, Jill Williamson. I met Jill way back in the dark ages of spring 2007 when both us were wondering if we’d ever get published. Then we ended up having our first novels come out around the same time, so it’s been fun to share the journey together. Here’s the cover of Jill’s latest novel and what it’s about:

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The gods are angry.

Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers–everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father’s superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania.

When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?

Now, without any further adieu, I’ll Jill take it away with her insight on …

What Makes Epic Fantasy Epic?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “epic” stems from the Greek word “epos,” which meant “poetry in heroic verse.”

Epics were a type of poetry that often dealt with action and grandeur of traditional or historical interest. Epic poetry was recited aloud, to entertain an audience with the exploits of a specific hero and the nation that hero represented.

Epic fantasy novels are not simply about a hero and his quest. They’re about a world, the people in it, and a conflict that rises up and threatens to forever change that world. Here is a list of elements that I believe every epic fantasy should have.

10 Must Haves in Any Epic Fantasy

1. Incredible Worldbuilding- The world is different from our own—and cool.
2. A Map- One the reader keeps flipping back to look at.

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3. Massive Scope- The story takes place all over that map!
4. Massive Stakes- The world as the characters know it is being threatened.
5. A Complex Plot and Subplots- I’m talking soap opera complexity here. There is a lot going on.
6. A Large Cast- Readers should grow to love the huge cast of characters. Think: Lord of the Rings.
7. Magic- Oh yes. There should be magic.
8. A Showdown- The entire book often leads to a massive clash.
9. The Feel of History- Like epic poetry once did, epic fantasy should feel like it’s telling a major part of history.
10. Breaks the Mold- Epic fantasy should attempt to break the mold in some way. For years Tolkien was the mold and everyone copied          him. People still do. But part of writing epic fantasy is to try and do something different. Something no other author has tried. It’s a chance for an author to take a risk—just like the heroes he or she creates.

I tried to do that with The Kinsman Chronicles. I wanted to write a true epic fantasy with a Christian worldview. I wanted to tell an allegory that was pre-Christ. I paralleled my story with that of ancient Judah and Israel. And I sought to tell the epic tale of how my kings led their people back to following He Who Made the World.

Have you ever read epic fantasy? If so, what are some of your favorites? Share in the comments.

JillWilliamsonRedSweaterJill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms, who writes weird books in lots of weird genres like fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian. She blogs for teen writers at www.GoTeenWriters.com. Visit www.JillWilliamson.com to learn more about her books.

Thanks, Jill! You can order Jill’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore.

Almost time to get on to the next Stop on Jill’s blog …

… but before you go let me entice you to sign up for my newsletter by letting you know if you do, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of three copies of

Book of Days, my second novel and the one most personal to me as it was the way I dealt with my dad’s battle with Alzheimers.

You can sign up for my newsletter on the right hand side at the top of this page. Just tell me in the comments that you’ve signed up. Thanks!

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  2. Linda Horin

    Was already signed up, so I updated my info. Would be very interested in reading your books. Thanks for taking part in the scavenger hunt!

  3. Carmen E. Richards

    Hi Jim, I like your tagline on your website “Live Free” – Freedom is an important topic for me too – not only freedom in Christ, but freedom in practice in our country. I think we met before at a writer’s conf but not sure. But thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt. It was really great to meet so many new authors by these pages. Blessings,
    Carmen

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      Jim

      Thanks, Carmen. Yeah, if there’s one theme to my life is I want to see people more free. Did we meet? Might recognize each other if we were in person. 🙂 These scavenger hunts are great, aren’t they?

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  4. Sharon Warren

    I have recently become interested in some of the fantasy fiction. I just subscribed to your blog and newsletter.

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  5. Susan Ferrell

    Well, signed up for your newsletter, but never received final email confirmation, so I do not not if you received it? Tried it twice – and it’s not in my spam/junk folder.

    Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

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  6. Mary Kay Moody

    Signed up, Jim. Loved your comment about being 28-years-old being trapped in an older man’s body. Same thing happened at our house!

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  7. Carla

    Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt and giving us a chance to win your books! I was already a subscriber but updated my account!

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  8. Crystal Balzer

    I am already a subscriber 😊 thanks doe participating in the scavenger hunt and giving us an opportunity to win some great books!

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  9. emily e.

    I have just signed up for your newsletter! I am excited to “get-to-know” your books. I cracked up when I read that you have a sweat shirt that says ” be careful or I’ll put you in my novel”!!! I LOVE it!

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  10. Shirley

    Hi there, I’m already a fan and get your newsletter. Thank you so much for being a part of the “hunt”. I really look forward to them and have a lot of fun.

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  11. Sherylette Winn

    Wow, mention Lord of the Rings and I’m hooked! Can’t wait to read King’s Folly! I love that genre and will certainly be watching for it if it’s not out and getting it if it is.
    Subscribed to the newsletter and look forward to any info you may have to send me.

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  12. Debbie Rhoades

    Jim, I am looking forward to reading your books. You sound like someone I would want to be friends with. Alas, I am way down here in Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. I have been to your beautiful state, though! I am a new subscriber to your newsletter. Thank you for the chance! p.s. I am sorry about your Dad’s Alzheimer’s . . . I am a retired registered nurse and have taken care of patients with that evil disease. God bless you.

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      Jim

      Love that, Debbie. I bet we would be friends. So you understand more than most about what Alzheimer’s can do. Bless you too.

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  13. Cindy Webster

    Wow, I need to read this book! I have read LOTR, of course, Narnia, The Sword of Truth (long epic fantasy!) and started two others.
    Thanks for taking part in the hunt! This has been fun finding new authors to read.

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  14. Beth Rumbaugh

    I don’t read much fantasy, but have read Tolkien. I’ve read another or two but can’t think of them right off. I have signed up for your newsletter. My husband is more of and epic fantasy reader.

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      Jim

      Thanks, Beth. I wouldn’t call my fiction fantasy. More like contemporary novels where some fantastical things happen in them. Guessing your husband would like them.

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      Jim

      Very welcome, Jasmine. FYI, I’m going to enter everyone that is already a subscriber who has commented, in the drawing.

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  15. Rebecca Peterson

    Hi!

    I signed up for your newsletter!

    I am looking forward to reading your book
    “Book of Days”.

    I’m a CAREgiver and work with many seniors who have Alzheimer’s.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    -Becca

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      Jim

      Great, Rebecca! I think Book of Days will truly give those going through Alzheimers and their friend’s and family a significant amount of hope. You are doing powerful work with these people.

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  16. Tina

    I’ve been a subscriber for some time. 🙂 In fact, I believe you know my friend Jo Ann Fore and her hubby. 😉 Thanks for this giveaway!

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  17. Deana Dick

    Signed up for newsletter. Would love the chsnce to read your books. I especially would like to read about Alzheimer. My mom died from complications due to this illness. It is a sad and horrible way to leave this earth.

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      Jim

      It helped me a great deal to write Book of Days. It was my way to make peace with my dad passing from the disease. I’m sorry to hear about your mom, Deana.

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