About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the best-selling author of Michal and Abigail, books one and two in The Wives of King David series.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys time with her family, reading great stories, trying new recipes, and snuggling her two adorable cats. Jill’s research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Her collection of Bible study helps and books on culture and history, along with an abundance of novels fills at least one shelf or bookcase in nearly every room in the house.

She loves movies, travel, dark chocolate, black tea, stories with great characters and plots twists, and nights when she doesn’t have to cook! She and her husband Randy have been married for 32 years and together they have three grown sons. During 12 years of homeschooling, Jill studied the craft of writing with her eye on a future career. She has visited most of the continental United States (with the exception of the East Coast) along with Hawaii, Canada, and Israel. She has taught women’s Bible studies and piano, and enjoys mentoring young writers. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Abigail, book two in The Wives of King David series was actually written before Michal, book one, during the first five years she homeschooled her three sons. Upon completion of the manuscript, Jill submitted Abigail to one editor at a  CBA publishing house. The editor took the book to committee, but the story was turned down because they were no longer looking for biblical fiction. Jill tucked the book away after that and turned to writing in other genres. But Abigail’s story has long been on her heart.

After she finished the draft that has become this book two in The Wives of King David series, Jill read a true-life story, Shattered Dreams, My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife. She was amazed to see how much the character she envisioned as Abigail carried similar feelings of frustration and distress as a modern-day woman caught in the life of polygamy. For women today who have suffered the anguish of sharing their man, either through infidelity or polygamy, Abigail’s story shares that pain.

When asked whether she writes from experience, whether Abigail’s story reflects her own life, Jill responds:

“Fortunately, no. I have never faced the pain of infidelity or even known anyone who shared her husband with another wife (as in polygamy) as so many biblical women did. But I have known women who have lost their husbands to another women in divorce and can imagine how awful that would feel. I’ve watched it happen to too many people I love.

“I have long been interested in examining the motives behind the actions of biblical characters. What made them tick? What was it about their culture that put women in such positions? How did they feel about the circumstances they were faced with? It always amazes me how closely the lives of biblical men and women parallels our modern lives today. Human nature does not change despite the centuries that separate us.”

To learn more about Jill or follow her musings, visit her personal blog.

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