About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the best-selling author of The Crimson Cord and The Wives of King David series as well as the author of The Wives of the Patriarchs series, Daughters of the Promised Land and the e-book only Loves of King Solomon series.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys time with her family, reading great stories, trying new recipes, and her kitty Tiger. Jill’s research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

Jill is often asked about her writing and how God called her into this profession.

“The desire to write started in my teens. I kept a journal and wrote poetry about God and boys. But circumstances changed my focus, and I put writing aside. I didn’t realize I had buried a God-given gift. Eight years later, God spoke to my heart through the parable of the talents. I was that unfaithful servant who buried his talent in the ground. I felt a figurative tap on my shoulder and sensed God telling me, “Dig it up.” When I’m tempted to question the work God’s given me, I remember that gentle tap. I don’t ever want to bury the gift again.”

So why write about The Wives of King David? Where did the idea for a story about Michal come from?

“In 1989 a girlfriend and I taught a women’s Bible study on the life of David. Though I learned a ton about him, when the study ended, I wanted to know more. I wanted to read a novel on his life that would take me there. When I couldn’t find one that satisfied, I sat down to write the book I longed to read. I had no idea I was stepping into a twenty-year journey before my dream of seeing the book in print would come true.

In 1991 my first two-volume epic story on David’s life was complete. I knew nothing about publishing except what I found in the Christian Writers’ Market Guide. I sent out twenty-eight queries and garnered interest for the full manuscript with one major publisher, but alas, it was not to be. After exhausting my options, I packed the book into a box, where it remains.

One of those rejection letters came from editor Lonnie Hull DuPont with Harper & Row in San Francisco. Lonnie wrote me a two-page response suggesting I change the focus of my book to Michal rather than David. At the time, books with female leads sold better. To make a long story short, Harper discontinued their biblical fiction line before I could break in, but the seed for Michal’s story had been planted. Ten years later, I finally wrote the book. For the rest of the story on how God brought Michal back to Lonnie, now at Revell, read the Note from the Author in the back of Michal: A Novel.

You can keep up with Jill’s thoughts on her blog.

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