Interview with William James

Who are your favorite authors?
Paulo Coelho, Martina Cole, Jackie Collins, Viktor Frankl, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To make a difference in this world, to leave my mark on the world, to make people smile and most importantly to fulfill my purpose in this lifetime.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In addition to being an author, I am also a business man. I run a portfolio of properties which takes up approximately half of my time. I love being creative, whether in business or artistically. I love to cook and try all sorts of new recipes. I spend lots of time dreaming up businesses that I will set up the future, businesses that will give people joy and a good and lasting experience. I love it when my vibration is high because I can see things so clearly and see and feel that anything is possible.

For fun and relaxation, I do whatever comes along at any given time. I don't like to plan too much as I love to be spontaneous. I love to meditate via dancing and meditate via other means - be that thinking good happy thoughts, doing visualisation meditation or exercises in self appreciation. When I get the time and the energies feel right, I also enjoy healing other people. I first started practising absent healing in 2012 when I was asked by a spirit guide to send healing energies to someone I knew. My friend told me later that she felt the whole thing even though she was in a different place, and I've continued to do healing ever since. I love being around people and am very much the typical Libran social butterfly. My favourite part of the day is when I'm in dream state. I love remembering my dreams and deciphering the messages that come to me in them. I am happiest when I'm being Creative in the greatest sense, for that is when I feel most alive. Creativity is food for the soul!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I generally allow myself to stumble across them. I've believe we don't find the best books, rather those books find us. Whether it be through chance or serendipity, the right books will come to you as and when you need them most.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote, but the first story that made me realise I had a gift for writing was when I was 15. We had to write a story called "A Life in the Day of..." The idea was to compress your whole life into one day. I wrote my version in a comical way that really worked. The teacher read it out loud and the whole class thought it was really funny. I still write comedy scripts now and for a short while did a radio show on Cardiff radio, here in Wales. Although the timing wasn't right for me to pursue radio any further at the point, I will come back to radio entertainment. Stay tuned!
What is your writing process?
The first step for me is to come up with that juicy idea, the kind that gets me buzzing from top to toe because I know I've really stumbled across something great. That's the foundation from which I start to write. My second step is to come up with as many secondary ideas as I can, to add to the story. I allow these ideas to come to me, not in an ordered or structured way (like from beginning to end) but in a very random way. For me, too much structure stifles creativity.

Once I have all my nuggets of creativity, I work out how I will bridge them together. It becomes a bit like a jigsaw puzzle at times, but it is fun nonetheless. Then comes the actual writing part. Some days it flows, some days it doesn't. When I listen and go with the flow of Lady Creativity, the words just pour out of me. When the rough draft is finished, it goes through the polishing process. To do this, I stick up every page on the walls of my office. I practically cover the whole room with paper! Then I stand back and read it from a different perspective than looking at a computer screen, one page at a time. Doing it this way allows me to see and feel the whole book. At once, you get to see how the energy of the book flows and where it stumbles and stutters. I study every sentence and tweak them until the flow of the book is just right. Only then do I reach the point where I feel there is absolutely nothing more I can do with the book, and that's when I know in my soul it's ready.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was "The Long Walk" by Slavomir Rowicz. It was his book which made me realise that when you are reading something you really want to read, the whole experience of not enjoying reading fades away fast. School can be a dreadful enemy of good literature.
How do you approach cover design?
With a little frustration, honestly. I see the image very clearly in my head, but I lack the artistic skills to transfer it to paper and trying to convey this image to another person is tricky at best. I will be trying to find a better system when our next book, "Bridal Manor" is published.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho because it's such a beautiful read and full of underlying wisdom. "Poor Little Bitch Girl" by Jackie Collins because it made a god awful holiday in Marakesh bearable. "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria because it describes in detail the true horrors of war. "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn because it teaches how even in the most terrible of circumstances, one can find a certain amount of solace. "Dangerous Lady" by Martina Cole because it is very well written and a very enjoyable read.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that can teach me something and enhance my knowledge.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop.
Published 2016-09-13.
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Books by This Author

The Game of Shepherd and Dawse
Price: Free! Words: 69,550. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Good & evil
(4.94 from 16 reviews)
Our world is a human jungle, filled with hidden dangers we were never told existed. Many of us look outwardly to explain the global chaos surrounding us, while others seek inner peace with meditation and green tea. But what we all fail to grasp is that it doesn’t take little green men landing in ships from outer space for us not to be alone. We’ve never been alone. And the cosmic battle wages on.