Interview with J D Williams

Who are your favorite authors?
I like Simon Scarrow, Dickens and Mary Berry
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Simple, taking my daughter to school. I have to get out of bed. Then I write. Or go for a coffee and write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to make thing. Funiture, a canoe, macrame plant hanger(I had some rope).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to read genres rather authors. Though I do have my favourites
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Probably something about war in school.
What is your writing process?
I plan out the basic story then let the words flow. If they don't flow I do something else for a while and come back again later. I'm not a very disciplined writer setting targets. Targets are something you hit with something else from a distance.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Robin Hood, penguin version. I spent the next few weeks trying, unsuccessfully to make a functioning bow.
How do you approach cover design?
From as far away as possible. I hate it. I have no ability whatsoever in this area. I choose something stock that seems to fit the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"I Claudius". Because it's "I Clauduis".
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction, sci fi, erotica, fantasy it's quite a list.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A kindle my wife bought me. I do read on my laptop as well.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Asking someone to buy it. Handing out flyers while naked failed and cost me a lot of money, and court time.
Describe your desk
Old, heavy and just big enough for my laptop and printer. And coffee. A pot with some pens. Paper... it's cluttered!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had a working class upbringing in Bristol, UK. Quite poor. I think it enables me to write at the right level. So that most can understand what I'm writing.
Published 2014-07-07.
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