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Debut novelist wins national contest for spiritual warfare teen book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Jill K. Willis couldn’t find quality young adult fiction for her two teens that didn’t involve witches, vampires, or werewolves, so she accepted a friend’s challenge to write an alternative. She sold her public relations firm and devoted herself to writing her first novel.

“I wanted to give my kids a clean read,” Jill says. “Something with a touch of paranormal but biblically based. After all, God works supernatural miracles every day.”

Teens today are drawn to the supernatural, which made sense to Jill since it’s an imaginative escape from a mundane high school day. But instead of immersing readers in fantasy worlds, she wanted to offer engaging stories grounded in the true spiritual battles taking place around them.

In The Demons Among Us, siblings Joy and Daniel McLain cope with the constant pressure to excel. Joy is gunning for valedictorian. Daniel has his heart set on leading the JV soccer team to victory. They’re on course to rack up honors and trophies. Nothing can deter them.

But when a messenger angel visits them with a warning, they are forced to confront spiritual realities they didn’t know existed. Seemingly harmless teenage activities turn into a high-stakes battle for their lives and souls. Joy, Daniel, and their friends must learn the power of prayer, truth, and the One who lives within them to beat back their very real demons.

This fast-paced novel, winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ 2020 Genesis Contest in the young adult category, offers teen readers adventure and suspense, teaching them to stay alert for deception. Not everything is as it seems, and it takes courage to face the truth.


Jill K. Willis is a former journalist and public relations specialist turned fiction author. She is a founding member of the Storyteller Squad, a blog for teens who love to read and write. As a mom of two grown children and as a senior-high Sunday school teacher, she knows the struggles teens encounter. She wants to point them to the love of God and the truth of His Word. Jill lives in northern Georgia with her husband and a one-eyed cat.

For review copies and media interviews, contact: jill@jillkwillis.com.

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