Bettie Williams has been an award-winning author of novels and short stories for over 20 years.
A former journalist, Williams holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English and communications. She currently works in higher education as a project manager and makes her home in the midlands of South Carolina where she serves as handmaiden to a feisty Pomeranian/Chihuahua named Callie. THE RAKE'S TALE is her first published novel, but it will certainly not be her last.
For more information, visit the author’s website at www.BettieWilliams.net.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an avid reader. In fact, I would consider myself a reader before being a writer. I love to read anything with a fast plot, great dialogue, and a dash of romance. Nothing excites me more than a good book.
I am also an obsessive fangirl of certain television shows. "Sherlock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Game of Thrones," and "Once Upon A Time" are some of my favorites.
Describe your desk
Messy. Very messy. I have a tendency to do a lot of research (I once spent three hours researching apples and cross-referencing where they are grown and when they come in season); so there are usually books, notes, and papers everywhere. There are also speakers all around because I listen to music as I write in order to stay focused.
I do a lot of preparation and planning before I commit to writing a book. For THE RAKE'S TALE, this meant I had to design out (first by hand and then on my computer) what the Hamilton Estate (the setting for the novel) would look like and where everything is located. The finished product then got pinned to my wall. I also did a lot of research on the fashion of the times and pinned up all these pictures of ladies in empire-waist gowns and gentlemen in their evening clothes (or "kit" as they would call it) on my walls. Lastly, I type out the big facts/character traits/basic demographic information about the main characters and pin them up everywhere. Fortunately, doing these kinds of things helps me stay in the world of the book I have created, which makes it easier for me to write about it. Unfortunately, it ends up making my desk area look like a serial killer works there.