Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Ever wonder where authors get their ideas? True stories? Personal experience? How about pure imagination? An interviewer once asked Agatha Christie where her ideas came from. She told him her stories came from simply watching people, imagining what they were going through at the moment. A housemaid boarding a article from a newspaper regarding the then and now of certain people. A good author can take any situation or object and create a story. In Book 7 of the Jillian Bradley Mystery Series, the story is based on a jewel theft. My son challenged me to write a book based on this theme - I took him up on it and came up with "The Ruby of Siam." Unfortunately, most rubies come from Burma so I had to come up with a way to tie the story into Siam. "Siam" had a more romantic sounding name than "Burma." But how to make the segue? Well, that's what the story is about. If you'll notice the picture on the front cover, a statue of a young Siamese woman sits erect. And that is where the story begins...long, long ago -  over 128 years ago when a famous pair of rubies disappeared.

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill

Nancy Jill Thames is the author of "Jillian Bradley Mysteries," Christian fiction based on travel adventures with her husband. The stories reflect Nancy Jill's love of art and serving afternoon tea, which has earned her the title of “Queen of Afternoon Tea.” She is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller's List and won awards for her blogs. Nancy Jill is a Texas Longhorn, having earned her degree from The University of Texas in Austin, where she resides. The author donates 10% of book sales to the Central Texas SPCA-a no kill animal shelter.

Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" due out in 2013.
Member of the Leander Writers Guild.
To check out her books, Murder in Half Moon Bay, The Ghost Orchid Murder, From the Clutches of Evil, The Mark of Eden, Pacific Beach, and Waiting for Santa, please visit: 
Cozy Mystery Author, Nancy Jill Thames


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