My name is Su Williams and I’ve lived in Eastern Washington State most of my life. I’m married and have 4 kids that aren’t really kids much anymore. We live with our ever-changing menagerie of critters that at the moment includes: our beagle, Dyson; 2 ornery cats, Friday and Necko; and a Gecko named Reid. Over the years, we’ve had a 5 foot ball python (snake-sitting while my brother was in Iraq); several garder snakes; geckos, anoles, frogs, waterdogs, fish…yeah, so a bit of a zoo, sometimes.
I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and a certificate in Special Education.
What inspires you to write?
Life. Nature. People. Dreams. I might hear a word or phrase and it will trigger an idea. For Dream Weaver, Nickolas, my resident Onar Caphar (Dream Weaver) began to whisper into my dreams and things just grew from there. I did a lot of research, so the morphed and migrated with each new piece of information.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually get scenes randomly and throw them onto the computer in a file. Then, I start to weave them together is some semblance of order. But then, I begin to wonder if things are flowing right, so I do what I call a skeleton. It’s kind of like an outline but in the middle of the process. It lets me see if everything is tying together right and if I have my story arc and chapter arcs…that kind of thing. Once that’s done, I fill in the gaps and begin my editing process. I edit for grammar, redundant use of word, use of metaphors and similes, spelling, punctuation, structure…Then, it’s time to get a reader to ask all the unanswered questions. Edit again.
I’ve only done one fairly in depth character sketch, and that was for Sabre, one of my secondary protagonists. Sabre’s a bit of a hard…well, you know. I needed to know more about this character that isn’t anything like me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. Before I go to sleep each night, I picture a scene in head and walk through it from different character’s POV.
What advice would you give other writers?
I can’t express enough the need to edit and enlist the help of someone outside your circle of family and friends to go through your story to find things you’ve missed because you’re too close to the story to see it. Be open minded to others input and questions and willing to change what you believe may be perfect.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was trying the ‘traditional’ route to publishing. But, I discovered that getting an agent or editor is EXTREMELY difficult. Agents are very limited on the quantity of new projects they can undertake, some as few as four a year. Then, even if you do land an agent/editor, it could be another 2-3 years before your book sees the light of day.
So, last year, I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month…which is November!), and at the end of the month and I WON! one of the prizes was five free copies of your book printed through CreateSpace. The seed was planted. And began to grow. And grow. And grow. I took into consideration my chances with traditional publishing and decided it was worth a shot.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think you’d have to be a fortune teller to prognosticate the future of book publishing. Things are changing at such a rapid, almost alarming rate, that it’s difficult for most of us to keep up with it. I don’t believe that paper and ink books will EVER go out of style…ok, maybe by 2050, but there will always be people who want that physical book to hold in their hands.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
YA, YA paranormal, adult literary, adult paranormal
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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