Stella Williams is a Blogger and Romance Author, who lives in Montgomery, Alabama. She has a degree in Anthropology from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Her first novel, Xander’s Claim: Maura’s Men Book One, a paranormal romance, was published through Amazon late last year. She blogs at stellawilliamsauthor.wordpress.com. Her latest project is the second installment of her Maura’s Men Series, Claude’s Conquest, set to be published next year.
What inspires you to write?
My love affair with writing began at a young age. Have you ever read a book and imagined your own plot half way through reading it? That’s how I began, at the age of eight, rewriting stories I had already read until one day I came up with something all my own. I like to say my writing has grown with me, adapting to the many places I have been and the experiences I have had. My writing is as varied as my reading list but I am a true romantic at heart. I hope to one day have the patience to write my all time favorite, Historical Romance, but for now I dabble in several sub genres of romance to include Contemporary, Paranormal, and Multiracial.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is pretty sporadic. I tend get my ideas from dreams so I have to at least get a quick outline thrown down as soon as I wake up or I lose it. I binge write for about a day to three days and then have long droughts that can last up to a month. It doesn’t exactly make for consistent progress but I’m working on getting on a healthier writing schedule.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I become my characters as I write them. It’s like playing dress up with personalities instead of clothing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write for yourself first. While writing my first novel I wasn’t worrying about anything other then what I wanted to write about. It was an awesome experience and I didn’t suffer through too many episodes of writers block. My second book,however, is took me much longer because I started out with the mindset to publish and lost track of what I was truly writing for.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I really liked the idea of having full control over my work. I am a very hands on person and self-publishing has been a great learning experience. Having to learn everything on my own about formatting, editing, and marketing strategies, has made me more invested in my writing and more well rounded as a person.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is no doubt in eBooks. We as a society are living much more of our lives on a digital platform then ever before and its already translating into publishing with the rise of eBook sales and a decline in print sales. At least in terms of reading for entertainment.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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