Interview with Steven Williams

When did you first start writing?
About three years ago. I'd had a story in my head for a very long time; a little bit of a daydream really. And then one evening I began to put my thoughts down in words, and was immediately hooked. The story itself changed beyond all recognition from those first few pages, and went on to eventually become 'A Man returned'.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Albie's Tale - sort of an Alice, or should I say Albie, in wonderland. Set in a modern day coal mine, Albie comes across some old mine workings and after a little exploration finds himself somewhere else, somewhere magical and wonderful.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I started writing, I found that I absolutely love it - the creative element that is. Publishing on Smashwords is so very easy and allows me to concentrate on the writing. Of course just publishing does nothing for sales, but for now I'm happy as it is. Had I gone the traditional route I would have spent the last two years writing to agents and publishers; instead I've got three books out there and book two of Dark Light well on the way to completion.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success? Not there yet by a long way. But that said, it's great to see your very own book up for sale... and when someone buys it, it's a real buzz.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When an idea for a story first comes to me. Besides my three published books and Dark Light book 2, I've got three other ideas in their infancy, and each came to me out of the blue. Wasn't even looking for new story ideas, they just popped into my head. The one, Flicker I'm going to call it, came to me as I was on my way back to my hotel room in Mexico to check that I'd pulled the door closed, and it starts with just that, a man walking back to his room to find the door ajar.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far I think that 99% of those who've bought my books are friends or family, and to call them fans would be an overstatement. Hopefully, fans will come later.
What are you working on next?
I've got to finish Dark Light book 2. Although I do keep flitting off to the three other ideas I've got on the boil whenever I get stuck.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Jordan, Joe Abercrobie, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V Brett... the list goes on and on.
What is your writing process?
Can chaos be termed a process? I tend to carry around a notebook, moleskine or some such, every where I go. Then, when the need takes me I write. Later, sometimes much later, I type the work up - that bit I hate, but then I hate dragging my laptop around with me too. The only thing that brings order to my life is Scrivener. I use Scrivener, and I absolutely love it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That's a difficult question given that I've read for as long as I can remember, but Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings got me into fantasy and is still one of the best stories I've ever read. That said, I must say that Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series is at the top of my list of best books I've ever read.
Published 2014-05-15.
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Books by This Author

Albie's Tale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,590. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Fae, Giants, Imps and Warlocks, not to mention the obligatory murderous villain in the form of Jimmy Blackhand, all thrown together in a tale of good versus evil in a world where fantasy, dreams and reality collide… and belief is the only hope.
A Man Returned (Dark Light Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,080. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
David, a man taken. A man beaten, tortured and horrifically changed. An empty man, a soulless man – a bringer of death. David, a man returned.
My Mother's Diary: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A short story of loss, grief and a guild-ridden son's hope filled dream.