About Jean Ann Williams:
Author Jean Ann Williams, the eldest in a large family, enjoys digging into her fascinating childhood to create stories for children. Having written over one hundred articles for children and adults, Just Claire is her first book. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and she writes regularly on her blog. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods and practicing archery with her bow.
What inspires you to write?
Stories come to me and I need to write them down. So, I use a legal, yellow ledge paper and pencil and write the first draft. Yellow inspires creativity.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a seat of the pants writer, but first, my brain thinks about scenes, plots, maybe months before I write the story. Another words, the story simmers in my mind before I write a word.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, but never talk to them. What they want to say or what they feel comes to my imagination. I then work to keep their character traits believeable, their personal nature, for each character.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never, ever give up on a passion/dream for what you believe you are to do. It took twenty years of rewriting to figure out what I wanted to say and then get published my first book. I have other stories, since then, which were much easier to write. So, I guess you would say my first book was my learning-how-to-write book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Once my first book received a professional edit, a small press wanted to publish it. I waited nine months for other publishers to pass or accept the book, before I wrote the small press and told them I would publish with them. The publisher who published my first book, Just Claire, publishes clean reads and this is why I ultimately went with them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe more middle of the road publishers will go under, giving us bigger publishers and smaller publishers.
What do you use?: Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: historical, childrens, tween, YA, new adult, and some non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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