Interview with M.L. Williams

What's the story behind your latest book?
Marauders from a renegade planet attack an Earth colony ship forcing landing parties to split into two groups in a desperate attempt to escape. The attackers are killed, but the colonists pay a terrible price. Their vessels are destroyed stranding them without their technology on either side of an imposing mountain range on the planet Verde Grande.

Descendants of a mysterious Seer now protect their people but become the bane of the hunter society on the other side of the mountain. All attempts to scale the mountain are thwarted for two centuries by the powerful Seers who want to preserve their religion and way of life no matter the cost.

One day, a party of hunters sets out to climb the mountain. To their dismay, the Seers cannot control a strange unreachable young woman who finds the passage to their protected valley. The reunion triggers a decades-long conflict between the Seers and the children of the “lost ones”—a struggle that forever changes the people of Verde Grande.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to my first book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the characters come to life and start directing their story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Frank Herbert, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Asimov, Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert, Mary Stewart.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After researching how difficult it was for a new author to be published and after talking with other indie authors, I thought that path was the best way to get published and to control my destiny.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Thinking about what needs to be done to get the book published.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope they read the book. Encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
When did you first start writing?
I probably started writing in junior high after being challenged by several teachers.
My ninth grade English teacher also was a poet and loved to provide games which fired my imagination. Other teachers throughout high school and college also inspired me to write.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to Smashwords so hope to have something to add later.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, playing with grandchildren, listening to music, working in the yard and garden, traveling, watching movies and some TV.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Various emails, texts, websites and some word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not sure, junior high was a LONG time ago.
Published 2016-02-23.
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