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Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Author of  Reluctant Burglar

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Jill Elizabeth Nelson's Bio:
Jill Elizabeth Nelson had a passion for writing from an early age. She wrote her first novel in the sixth grade, had her own column in the high school newspaper, and continued work in journalism, publishing poems and articles throughout college.

A graduate of Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, with a degree in literature and creative writing, Nelson married a fellow believer in 1981 and settled into family life. A growing family of young children temporarily put her freelance dream on hold, but her job in the secular world allowed her to keep her writing skills fresh. In 2000, Nelson made the fateful decision to return to her dream of freelance writing for the glory of God.

She has since published numerous articles and stories in magazines and anthologies, and her past three years as senior inspirational book reviewer for the internationally distributed Romantic Times BOOKClub magazine, in which she reviewed ten to fifteen fiction releases each month, kept Nelsonís pulse on the latest trends in the growing Christian fiction genre.

A member of American Christian Fictions Writers (ACFW) and Christian Writers Group (CWG), Nelson was awarded a full scholarship in 2002 to attend the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She has served as a critique group moderator for ACFW, as well as a judge for their Genesis contest for unpublished writers. In 2004, she served as a Christy Award judge in the romance category.

Jill Elizabeth Nelson and her husband make their home in Minnesota with their four children. She is active in her local church, leading the childrenís ministry department and teaching from the pulpit from time to time.