Northwest Nazarene University alumna Jill Williamson, class of ’97, won her second consecutive Christy Award for best book 2011 in the visionary category. The winning novel, “To Darkness Fled,” (Marcher Lord Press 2010), is the second installment in the medieval fantasy trilogy. It continues the tale of Achan, Vrell and the Kingsguard knights as they flee into Darkness to escape the wrath of an evil prince.
Originally from Alaska, Williamson currently lives in John Day, Ore. with her husband and their two children. She loves speaking and working with teenagers, also leads writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps and churches. Visit Williamson’s website at www.jillwilliamson.com.
The Christy Awards were established in 1999 to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview; to bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership; and, to provide an opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status.
Among previous Christy Award winners are Jerry Jenkins, Ted Dekker, Francine Rivers, Janette Oke, Stephen Lawhead and Beverly Lewis. Marcher Lord Press is the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction.