About Daniel J Williams:
Daniel J Williams grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Some of his favorite activities as a kid included scaring the bejesus out of kids on Halloween, terrorizing neighbors playing doorbell-ditch, and excelling in the ultimate sport of Dodgeball. He somehow managed to score a business degree and wasted years toiling in the business world, writing technical sheets and marketing materials.
He finally realized what was missing in his life: Zombies! Spending several years working on his breakthrough novel, Mace of the Apocalypse, he then couldn’t help himself and penned three more novels with the same characters in a continuation of the story.
The Mace of the Apocalypse series spans the beginning of a zombie outbreak in San Francisco to its ultimate conclusion in San Antonio, TX. It can be purchased through Amazon.com.
What inspires you to write?
There is a creative process somewhere deep inside me that compels pen to paper (or more accurately, finger to keystroke). If I am not writing, a part of me feels incomplete.
Tell us about your writing process.
I love to experience the story as it goes. I’ve tried writing by outline, but I can’t help myself and it all still develops as my imagination pours it out. I find it exhilarating to flesh out a story-line or character with no idea where it will go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Everything happens in the silence of my imagination. I can vividly see the characters and scenes in a movie-like environment, and it all just develops from there.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. If you love the creative process, then just go for it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There wasn’t any hesitation to self-publish at first since it makes it so easy. I first hired an editor and then went through the paces with some book forums and readers, listening closely for good feedback on what should be changed or tweaked. After it was self-published, I was approached by J Ellington Ashton Press, who loved the book and wanted to republish. I edited it again through them and just love the outcome.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks are taking over and I don’t see that trend slowing down, especially with the new e-readers on the market. I also see more people self-publishing and creating their own path.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Horror, Action and Adventure
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print