Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fond Memories and Halloween

By Nancy Jill Thames

The dress I'm wearing in this picture is a hand-sewn, satin which belonged to my Grandmother McKenzie. I like to wear it on Halloween for two reasons: it's black, and it reminds me of her.

In all my books you'll find scenes and snippets of memories I hold dear. Book 1 "Murder in Half Moon Bay" holds memories of my beloved garden club in California. Book 2 "The Ghost Orchid Murder" is set in the beautiful city of Scottsdale where I visit often and love looking at majestic Camelback mountain. In Book 3 "From the Clutches of Evil" I tried to capture memories of the quaint towns of Pleasanton and Sunol. Early California history also plays a role in that story.

Book 4 "The Mark of Eden" captures  fond memories of a trip to Hawaii with my husband and two of our children. I wrote about the afternoon tea at the Banyon Tree veranda courtyard, the acquarium within walking distance of Waikiki, and chocolate covered macadamia nuts to name a few.

Book 5 "Pacific Beach" almost reads like a travel log at first. In this book you'll read about our family reunion near San Diego and all the wonderful times we shared over a fourteen year period.

Christmas memories abound in Book 6 "Waiting for Santa" from my love of  fruitcake to a game our family played called Christmas Eve Gift.

Book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" reflects memories of a trip my husband and I took to England, Scotland and Wales for our fifteenth wedding anniversary. Many of the restaurants and sites we visited found their way into this latest story in the Jillian Bradley mystery series.

So if you find yourself reading elements which sound like a travel experience or a family tradition, you may be right. Whether I sell thousands of books or millions, in the end I'll have a string of wonderful memories of the life I've lived. I hope they bring smiles to you as well.

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  See you in my books!

 ~Nancy Jill 
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames has published Christian fiction since 2010. The author of seven books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List. In addition, she won first place in her church's 4th of July celebration for her chocolate cream pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers' Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW),  CenTex Chapter-ACFW, and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales. She resides with her husband in Leander, Texas.


  1. Excellent...I enjoyed your rememberances. May the dragons watch over you...

  2. Thank you, George. Every time you mention the dragons watching over me I feel like a princess!

    ~Nancy Jill