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 33 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.

Bathsheba, book 3 in The Wives of King David series, was not an easy book to write. Jill admits to spending the first forty thousand words getting to know Bathsheba and Uriah, and ending up scrapping those words and starting the story over again.

Her research helped her to better understand how a solider might think and act, until she could finally see the motives behind Uriah’s actions - actions that led him to defy his king. Uriah was a man of honor who put his men and his mission over his own pleasures.

Bathsheba’s loneliness during Uriah’s absences fed her discontent, making her vulnerable to the king’s lust. While David had reached the pinnacle of his career and grown accustomed to wealth and power. Her loneliness and his arrogance led to some devastating choices.

As each character came to life in her mind’s eye, Jill came to appreciate and empathize with them, recognizing that no one is beyond God’s reach, and even the best of us can act in the worst way given the right circumstances.

David got what he wanted when he took Bathsheba, but at great cost. In the end, both David and Bathsheba had to learn the redemptive power of God’s grace and the true meaning of love.

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

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