A.R. Williams

Biography

A.R. Williams developed a love for reading at a very young age and in the fourth grade, when an assignment to write their own works of fiction was given, it occurred to him that he could craft tales for others to enjoy.

A.R. Williams’ work has appeared in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Three Crow Press, and Every Day Fiction. A.R. received an honorable mention in the fourth quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest in 2010.

Smashwords Interview

What made you want to write? When did you first start writing?
Even before I could read, I loved stories. Books were full of magic, and wonder, and unexplored worlds waiting to be discovered.

In the first grade we used to have story time. In the heat of the summer the teacher would turn off the lights and we would lay our heads down on the cool surface of our desks as she read a chapter of the Boxcar Children, or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, How to Eat Fried Worms, or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. My father was a reader. He would carry tattered paperbacks with him everywhere.

I always wanted to read grown up books--real novels--instead of the picture books for children my age. In the third grade I tried to read "Battlefield Earth". It was just too big a book and I never finished it.

But, In the fourth grade we were given an assignment to write a story. I wrote a SF story called "Journey to Planet X". The heroes of the story were me and four of my friends from the neighborhood. I think that's when I got the bug, that's when I wanted to write.

After that, I tried writing and drawing comics. The art wasn't very good. But my heart was in it.
So, from the fourth grade to the present, what motivated you to become an indie author?
When I attended college, I had started a blog called Expand Your Reach [ http://a-r-williams.livejournal.com/ ]. I wrote about the various aspects of the writing craft. I also became more interested in how to get my work published through traditional means. I became very focused on learning more about the professional side of writing: submitting to magazines, writing to agents, preparing manuscripts and such.

At the time, self-publishing through e-Books was still relatively new. And I still had the old writer mentality about how self-publishing was bad because it didn't provide the same opportunities that traditional publishing did. The first time I discovered Dean Wesley Smith's 'myths of publishing posts' and J.A. Konrath going on and on about how great self-publishing was I dismissed what they had to say because of that old traditional mindset.

Then when searching for content for my blog, I found a Seth Godin lecture where he talked about the weakness of traditional publishing. And as they say "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". It just clicked and I finally understood that e-publishing was not the same as trying to self-publish through print. I understood how the world had changed.

I hungered to learn more. I started reading the blogs of Dean Wesley Smith, J.A. Konrath, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Mike Shatzkin. I absolutely consumed their content, then I had to go tell my fellow bloggers what I discovered. I wrote a blog post about how I had been wrong and how self-publishing through e-books was a good idea.

Needless to say, there were a few heated discussions about whether I was right or not. But once a blind man gets his vision fixed, he doesn't want to go back to being blind again.

Self-publishing is freedom!

I have the ability of my work to succeed or fail based on what I bring to the table.
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Books

Sword and Sorcery Adventure: Winter's Cold Heart
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When he visits the tribe of the Elk, Leif Jurgensen falls for the chief’s beautiful daughter. The man that slays the local monster will be offered her hand in marriage. Leif volunteers for the task. But when Anneke, the chief's daughter, makes a special request, Leif struggles to make the difficult choice between what his heart desires and his honor demands.
Sword and Sorcery Sampler
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,090. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
"Sword & Sorcery Sampler" is a collection of sword-wielding heroes, dark magic, monstrous villains, and brave new worlds. Experience the action that sword and sorcery is known for! Three spell-binding novelettes will have you riveted to the page: # "The Blessed and the Damned" # "The Dragon Brood War (episode 1): It Walks Among Men" # "Sword & Sorcery Adventure: Winter's Cold Heart"
The Dragon Brood War: It Walks Among Men
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Series: The Dragon Brood War, episode 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,950. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Gerhardt is hired to kill a priest, but his instincts tell him there is more to the job than he’s being told. He questions the man who hired him and discovers that the priest he’s sent to kill isn't human at all--but a demon.
Demon Song: A Short Story
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Price: Free! Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kenshin Nobuyashi is on a quest to avenge those he loved. But are the Gods for him or against him?
Duel on Hakkojji Bridge: A Short Story
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Price: Free! Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When his master falls ill, Maeda Ujisada goes through great lengths to retrieve the necessary medicine. This e-Book is 3,884 words long
The Blessed & The Damned: A Novelette
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,510. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When her daughter is kidnapped, Lorna Jassan returns to Kuwar in order to save her. Forced to seek help from Weslin, a man she never wanted to see again, Lorna must find her daughter while keeping a secret hidden. But Kuwar has secrets of its own. Can Lorna unravel them in time to rescue her daughter and escape?

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