Interview with Robert T. (Tommy) Williams

Describe your desk
My desk is a cluttered space that desires to be organized. Even when cleaned the clutter waits to return.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in Venice Beach. My family moved there from Indiana when I was 7. Venice has historically been, and continues to be an art community. I had many friends growing up but, I enjoyed my alone time. I lived 1 1/2 blocks from the beach, which became my playground, park. I had a very active imagination, and it was during my alone time that ideas would come to me for stories. The majority of my work has been poetry. My first story was written in a screen play format. I have since written several stories. The first one, titled "Little Mo's Mud Pies, will be published by February 1st.
When did you first start writing?
According to my mother, I have been writing all my life. She said that she can remember me sitting down, picking up a pen and paper, writing something down, then getting up and walking away. I did not start focusing on my writing until I was in my early 20's.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I titled my first book, "Leaves of the Heart." The idea had come to me that as individuals we have emotional lives that are seasonal. The book carries that theme, and puts emphasis on my relationship with Jesus, not as some religious personalty, but as my closest and most intimate friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Over the years I have always had a dream of publishing my writing. I read an article two years ago, about how it is now possible to publish my work without trying to get a major publisher to accept my work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first attempt to publish and I am excited that I have the opportunity to accomplish my goal through Smashwords. The next step will be to publish a print version. I have found a publisher and hope to have the print version completed by February 1st.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I wrote a poem that described the process of writing as "the joy of sweet release."
What do your fans mean to you?
I write because I cannot not write. It thrills me when I either read my work to someone (I will have an audio version of each book), or they read it, and I am told that I am describing something that they feel but cannot express.
What are you working on next?
I have two children's stories. The first one is called, "Star Shiner." It is a story about the Christmas star. I had a friend illustrate it for me. The second one is called, "Little Mo's Mud Pies." It is a story of a 6 year old girl whose name is Mo. One day she decides that she is going to make mud pies and sell them, then give the money to her priest at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The story is about love and wonder. I have also started "Leaves of the Heart Volume 2."
Who are your favorite authors?
God as he spoke through the writers of the bible. Williams P. Young *The Shack," Galway Kinnell and Eugene Peterson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I suffer with Bi-Polar disorder. My worst days are filled with depression, and even though I want to stay in bed and sleep, I force myself to get out of bed. By having close friends, family, a therapist, and a psychiatrist, I have been able to survive. Two of my poems in "Leaves of the Heart," (Acceptance & Psychiatric Hope) were written while I was in a psychiatric facility. I have been especially motivated over the last 6 months to publish my first book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Time with friends in different settings: having coffee, sharing a dinner, church, home bible study, Visiting places of interest such as art museums.
Published 2013-12-12.
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Books by This Author

El Lustrador de Estrellas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: Spanish. Published: December 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Star Shiner es un libro para niños diseñado para leer a niños de 2 a 5 años, pero puede ser disfrutado por niños y adultos de todas las edades. Su historia y mensaje son intemporales: "todos somos creados como únicos y cada uno tiene un propósito especial".
Star Shiner
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Holidays & Celebrations
Star Shiner is a children’s book designed to be read to children ages 2 through 5, but can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. It’s story and message are timeless: “we are all created as unique, and each has a special purpose.”
Leaves of the Heart
You set the price! Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Leaves of the Heart is a collection of poetry and prose that expresses the emotional and spiritual life of someone who seeks to walk intimately with God on a daily basis.