Chuck Williams

Biography

Travel has always been important to me, for the adventure it unfolds, and because of my curiosity about other people and cultures. After college I joined the Peace Corps, and was assigned to Afghanistan, where I spent two years, first teaching English to middle school boys, and then for an English language newspaper, The Kabul Times, creating and placing advertising for the paper, part of the Afghan Ministry of Information. There I made a lifelong friend of my Afghan boss and his family. While in the Peace Corps I was able to travel to India, Thailand, and Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat at a time when there were very few Western tourists in Cambodia.
On my return to the United States, I discovered there was a country next door to Texas where I lived that was in many ways as poorly known and understood as any other place I had seen in the world: Mexico.
I began visiting Mexico at a time when hitch hiking was safe, and traveled many times across the country from the Texas border to Guatemala, by hitch hiking, train, and bus. I found friendly, enthusiastic, welcoming people who spoke many languages in addition to Spanish. In spite of my limited Spanish I heard their many stories. They spoke of brutal oppression in the past, as well as their love of life and their country. They told of mysteries and hidden secrets in the mountains and jungles: yes, there were buried ruins out there; if I wanted to visit, it was possible.
Later when I had a family of my own, I took my son and daughter to experience Mexico, and then when they no longer needed looking after, I continued to travel in Mexico. The colonial cities, the modern metropolis, the pre-Columbian pyramids and ruins, the beaches and jungle, the highland plateau of the Sierras, all continue to draw me to them, and finally to write about them.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Although I was an English major in college, I never aspired to be a writer. I'd been satisfied to be a reader until something I saw in Mexico captivated my imagination. I saw a mask in Puerto Vallarta in a shop. It was a jaguar mask, and the shop owner's explanation of the origin of the mask fascinated me. I had been aware of Mexico's powerful, extensive folklore tradition, and it's pre Columbian polytheism with its sanguinary gods, and the way the two came together in that mask became something I had to write about, not in a scholarly way, but as an entertainment that people could enjoy. I wanted it to encompass contemporary Mexico with its problems with drug trafficking as well as the story of the mask, which is also a story of the marginalized indigenous, or what we would call Indian people.
What is your writing process?
I begin with the subject in mind that I'm interested in, for instance a Mexican folklore mask and the indigenous people of rural Mexico. Then I develop a story line that will let me introduce the subject. I use my own experiences as much as possible. The story begins by introducing the main characters. The middle is a quest, sometimes dangerous, that shows the personalities of the all the characters in the story through emotions that readers can identify with: love, fear, inner strength, greed. kindness. Events unfold here that introduce the subjects I have in mind, as well as develop suspense for the reader and allow the reader to identify with the main characters, whom I will call the hero and heroine. The end is where the quest is resolved, and through it, the hero and heroine have learned what they are capable of facing and what they want for the future.
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Books

The Mexican Gambit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,240. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A world of crime, drugs, corrupt politicians, rivalries and revenge. It’s no place for a cop who just wants to do his job and keep his hands clean. He gets a murder case with a warning that it isn’t an ordinary murder, and lands in a deadly rivalry between heavyweight egos. His only way out is to take sides, and a violent resolution comes from a direction he least expected.
Tiger Fight Mexico's Drug Lords and Old Gods
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,950. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
When a gringo expat in Mexico steps in to defend an Indian woman from an obsessed drug trafficker, he is carried with her to her village where a festival that includes a jaguar society and ritual combat is underway. Pursued by thugs, it will take the spilling of blood to save their lives, and at the same time fulfill ancient myths and preserve the old ways of the village.

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