About Marlina Williams:
Marlina Williams grew up in a tiny town near Hot Springs, AR, after moving there from Lake Elsinore, CA. From 11 on she spent most of her free hours riding horses or cleaning stalls at a local horse farm. She joined the Air Force in 1996 and spent several years as an Airman, before becoming a contractor doing the same work. She currently resides and works in Panama City, FL working as a GS civilian on Tyndall AFB. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a mini horse – that thinks he’s a dog.
What inspires you to write?
I was inspired to write mostly by my daughter. She loves to read and I wanted to write something that would excite her to read my story. In addition I wanted to explore a world where technology was not the driving factor behind every part of daily life, both The Rad Misfits and Lost and Falling continue this theme.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my first two novels I tried to write a basic outline, lining out what would happen in each chapter, but when I actually started writing I completely veered from the outlines. On my third novel, Tragic Renewal, I was a pantser all the way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters, but I do imagine the scenes as if they would be in a movie. I do sometimes question whether a particular character would do something and have to go back and rework their role until satisfied.
What advice would you give other writers?
First, it’s extremely difficult to find an agent no matter how good your story is. I had a few agents come back and say my premise sounded interesting but they just didn’t have room for more clients at the moment. It’s disheartening to hear – but I channeled my frustrations and self-published.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The inability to find an agent pushed me to go with self-publishing, and the process removed the many frustrations of rejections.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of publishing lies with those that are willing to change with the changing market. Authors have to be willing to self-market (even if they’re traditionally published) or they will stagnate.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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