Interview with JoAnn Williams

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Texas on the Louisiana border. The culture in my small town fluctuated from Daughters of the American Revolution types to Duck Dynasty wannabees. A never-ending cast of characters flourished and I had connections on both sides.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am horrified at the amount of really good books on sale at the Dollar Store. Mainstream publishing is brutal. Many really good writers would not have an audience if it weren't for Indie publishing. Many Indie movies are as entertaining as the box office blockbusters. I think the Indie medium is the wave of the future.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having someone view a situation from a different (and not typically politically correct) perspective.
What are you working on next?
A book of short essays on the art of living a politically incorrect life and survi‚Äčving the resultant fallout
Who are your favorite authors?
David Sedaris, Maya Angelou, Sue Monk Kidd, Molly Ivins and Nora Ephron. Les Edgerton's "Finding Your Voice" is my go to when I am stuck.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords, Nook or Amazon. Also read the weekly update of new releases in our local newspaper. Follow other Indie authors on Facebook and Google+
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of my early favorites was "Little Women". Jo March was my role model.She was strong, independent and had the courage of her convictions.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
In a tiny enclosure at home with my favorite lamp and a framed quote by Dr. Seuss; "Be who you are, and say what you feel .because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
Published 2014-08-05.
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