Interview with Carla Williams

Published 2016-09-26.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time and care for my family, so when I am not writing, I have plenty of things to do. I find the best part being that I am always writing. I may think of, say or write something that sparks an idea, and I will save that so that I can allow the story of poem to take on a life of it's own.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get up each day are a couple of things. First, my family. They mean the world to me and I can't wait to see what they will do, learn or share with me each day. Second, experience. Each day is a continuation of a chapter in my life currently being written, or a new chapter. I'm excited to see which the new day will be.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most I discover quite by accident, usually browsing around. Most others are recommended by people close to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read as much as I remember the first novel I read that had a significant impact on me. It was The Hobbit. And being young at the time of my first read made it even better for my imagination. I loved the book and read it over and over.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My boys gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas a few years ago. I use it for more than just reading and because it is from the ones I love the most, I will probably use it until it won't work anymore.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I think the rich cultural environment of the Bay is wonderful for living as well as creativity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Over the past few years, I have started the process of sharing my creations. I was always very shy about sharing my writings and other things created. But, as I've gotten older, I realize that the only thing that holds us back is our fear, and that we should never allow fear to rob us of our creations. We must accept the good with the bad, and I had to accept that both will happen when I shared my writings.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am just beginning this new journey, so do not have a great deal of input yet. However, so far, I have found Smashwords to be an invaluable tool for indie publishing. Smashwords has included everything you need to get started, all in one place. as well as including free ebooks on marketing to help you share your work with the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. It is very moving and humbles you to have people enjoy what you have shared.
What is your writing process?
It seems like I am always writing. Experiences, conversations, or just being still will bring something out of me that I must write down. I don't always do something with everything written down, but would like to believe that I will someday. I think each creative thought holds importance to us.
How do you approach cover design?
I get help. I am not very good at that part of the process.
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Books by This Author

Ascending the Physical
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Female authors
Ascending the Physical, is the first collection of poetry to be shared by Carla Williams. She has selected pieces that helped inspire her to turn pain and hardships into personal insights and opportunities for growth and expansion.