Interview with John Williams

What is your writing process?
I write about thirty minuets a day. I actually do it in bed, first thing in the morning. I use tools like: "The Romance Writer's Phrase Book" by Jean Kent & Candace Shelton. I use an outline to keep on topic and on track. This is especially helpful when you are writing a series. This make it easier to keep your characters and key elements in your story consistent. I also use a "Character Matrix" and a Glossary. I Excel to create this tool and again it keeps elements in your book constant from one chapter and version to the next.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am currently a fifty-fours years old as of this interview, father, musician, and aviation professional. I currently lead teams that perform aircraft maintenance on commercial jets. I have been in the aviation career field for over 26 years. I have been writing science fiction stories since grade school. I made a serious effort to publish in 2012.
Is there anything you must have in order to write? For example, silence, whiskey, and a close shave.
Quiet is nice. I have my computer close by and I start when all is quiet. I do the same sometimes in the morning before everyone gets up holidays are glorious for writing.
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
As a person I have to say "The Bible," "Rich Dad Poor Dad," "The Millionaire Next Door," "First Break All The Rules," "How To Win Friends And Influence People," "Think And Grow Rich and the Magic Of Believing," "The Art of Loving," and "Trading Places." As a writer, I would have to say: "Fiction Writer's Master Class" by William Cane, most of Tom Clancy’s books like: "Clear and Present Danger," Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness," John Nance's "Scorpion Strike," and most any book or articles about NASA, Science and aviation.
What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
Definitely my experience in aviation, and things I was taught in the Air Force like attention to detail, and the importance of writing. I am also well traveled and that helps when I discuss certain locations. Finally, and most of all, I think my desire for learning new things.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a modest town called Bloomfield, New Jersey. There was nothing particularly remarkable about it. It was your typical cookie-cutter home town. Although my school was predominantly caucasian in its compliment, I did not feel that I was treated any differently than anyone else. As far as my writing, my mom really did that for me. She joined a book club for me that would send one book a month. I would read them probably once a day for the whole month until the next one came. In grade school, every Friday we would read the "Weekly Reader." It was my favorite part of the week. There were always stories about new technology and even the space program. It was in the fourth grade I wrote my first Sci-fi full length story.
What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
I want to have the satisfaction of knowing that my fans truly enjoy the stories that I write. Second, would be becoming a “Best Selling” author. Third would be to have my book licensed in multiple countries for film.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the second of the "Wormhole Moon" series. The story continues with our alien embedded in the Earth and a key secret that could change the fate of three civilizations. It's very exciting and as good or better than the first book.
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
Yes. I try to improve by asking myself after a paragraph or two: “Is this what you really want to say? Can you say this better? Is this your real voice and your real thoughts? I usually do a re-write or two after this exercise.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is another opportunity to expose my writing to a broader audience. For this, I am grateful.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
I would say something like begin with the end in mind and research your audience. Write about what you know. Do not be lazy about your research for your book, especially if it is in the Sci-fi genre. Sci-fi readers are a very particular bunch. If they perceive something like the science or facts are not right, they will call you on it in your reviews. Finally, effort to write a great story. Forget about movie rights and the alike. Good and bad stories can always be made into a film. Make sure yours is the good story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the one's that keep pushing me to do better. I want to produce great stories that will captivate and keep my readers on the edge of their seats. I want them to be so involved in the story, they feel a true attachment to the characters and feel like they experienced something days after reading one of my books.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two projects at the moment. One is "Paradigm Shift - Wormhole Moon II." The other is a book that I have been commissioned to write concerning race. I am very excited about the book because I am purposely writing it so that it will be edifying to all divers groups but especially provocative to race-baiters.
Published 2016-12-19.
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Books by This Author

The Boxer - Scholar and Clown
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
In "The Boxer - Scholar, and Clown," you will learn all the main aspects of properly raising and caring for this beautiful dog. The book covers the origin of this breed and the proper way to train the Boxer.
The Bulldog
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,170. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animals
In The Bulldog, you will learn all the main aspects of properly raising and caring for your Bulldog. The book covers the origin of this breed and the proper way to train this beautiful dog. You will learn about the Bulldog’s temperament, its important history and the maintenance and training your dog will need.
Wormhole Moon - An Alien Civilization's Alliance With Earth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,370. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Two astronauts discover an alien civilization and their relationship is vital to developing an alliance with Earth. As a result, they share a key victory over an evil enemy of both worlds.