Susette Williams loves writing various genres; anything from romance, mystery, and suspense to name a few. She usually can’t resist the urge to let her ornery sense of humor shine through in one of her characters and has always believed that laughter helps you deal with the obstacles life puts in your way.
It is her desire to write fast paced books that readers will devour and be hungry to read more. Her books are sure to entertain and delight readers.
Susette married her hero in 1983, and together they have six wonderful children, all with intriguing and different personalities, like the characters she creates in her novels.
What inspires you to write?
I love sharing stories with people. It is something short of miraculous when you can transport someone into ‘your’ world. I love to see the expression on people’s faces as they read or hear them talk about characters in one of my books as if the character was a real, living person!
Tell us about your writing process
When writing a book, I determine how long I think a story will be. Then based on that, I determine a set amount of chapters and divide the amount of chapters into how many pages the book is expected to be so that I can figure out how long each chapter should be roughly. I am a math person, so I am always doing the numbers, even when planning on writing a book.
I keep track of my characters by writing information about each one on a different index card. I try to plan 3 scenes per chapter and write a short sentence of what will happen in each scene. I also love twists, hoping to hook the reader when they start one chapter and especially when they finish a chapter. It drives me crazy if someone can put my book down before they have finished reading it. My hope is to capture them until they have finished reading, and then they can escape. 🙂
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
For me, I see stories playing out, or scenes playing out like a movie. Which is why I think my dialogue tends to be more realistic. And my ornery side tends to show in at least one of the characters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent years trying to fit into the publishing industries box. They have a limited amount of slots to fill each year, and with the changing economy the amount of slots became slimmer and slimmer. I had a book published with a traditional publisher. When I got my royalty statement, I realized I only made a little under $.07 a book that sold! The shocking part is when you do the math the way I do, and you realize that if you sent out ONE mailing, you’d have to sell 7 books to just pay for the stamp! That doesn’t include what it would cost you to have postcards or any other form of advertisement made to send!
That is when I decided to become an Indie Author. I had control over sales promotions, pricing, book covers, etc. If I’m going to market my own book for a traditional publisher, why not market it for myself? Especially since I will make more money doing it myself!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more and more authors are realizing that they can make a bigger piece of the pie if they publish their books themselves. Some are afraid to take the leap, or don’t trust their marketing skills. We are already seeing publishers trying to change with the times and some are opening their doors to authors who do not have agents and especially to Indie Authors who have good sales records and sales rankings.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
humorous mysteries, inspirational romance, children’s stories, suspense, historical romance
What formats are your books in?