Interview with Author, T.M. Williams
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Will be a participant at LepreCon 39, 2013:
I'm originally from Los Angeles and have lived in Arizona for 8 years. I am the proud mom of a 4 year old boy named Jackson. My husband, Larry, and I love listening to Coast to Coast AM , the radio show that talks about ancient aliens, ghosts, etc. I was first introduced to the ancient alien theory about 10 years ago when my husband gave me the book Rule by Secrecy. I've been sort of obsessed ever since.
I've said a few times that I'm not a sci-fi geek but friends continuously point out that I went to the Star Trek convention dressed in the medical uniform and threw a tribble to Brent Spinner. (true story) We spend our nights watching reruns of Next Generation and have seen Star Wars dozens of times. I read several books a week and always lean towards paranormal, young adult, fantasy, dystopia, and suspense. I don't know if I would call myself a sci-fi geek, but I'm definitely a sci-fi lover.
I think you can see that in my writing as Bohemian Grove isn't overly science-fiction besides that it's based on the ancient alien theory.
Q & A:
: What compelled you to write your first book?
It happened by accident. Which is why I've been sort of pegged as the accidental writer. I was taking a bath listening to a song (Counting Crows, Colorblind) and this idea of a lady sitting at her dining room table, drinking a glass of wine, and contemplating. I immediately wrote that thought down that night and 4 months later I had my first book, Bohemian Grove.
: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, it never even occurred to me. But, since that night I started writing Bohemian Grove I haven't been able to stop. I spend every possible hour I can writing. Having a 4 year old and businesses meant that those hours are limited - but it's not uncommon that I'm up until the early hours of the morning writing. I've never been so consumed by something before. I've actually fallen in love with writing.
: Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about. Pay particular attention to your most recent book and/or your first book:
Bohemian Grove is a science fiction book that's part of a planned trilogy and I'm about halfway through the 2nd book, Sun Gate. It's based on a woman named Carter Robinson who finds out that she's an Anunnaki descendant protected by a secret society. Another organization, the Vaticates, are meant to protect religion and faith and therefore want to see an end to the Anunnaki. She becomes a pivotal point in either bringing the two together or completely eliminating one or both groups positions. There's a pretty intense love story mixed in there and lots of real science.
Undead Winter is a recent e-book novella that was released last month on Amazon as a kindle exclusive. I woke up in the middle of the night from this really bad nightmare I just couldn't shake so I turned it into a story. I had so many people asking me to turn it into a longer story so I did. It was less than 10,000 words at the time. The demand became so much to turn it into a full length novel that I recently decided to do so. As of now, I did double the size of the story turning it into a novella which is now published on Amazon. The plan is to still turn it into a full length after I've completed the Sun Gate project.
Undead Winter is a zombie apocalypse story but since it started off as my nightmare, which was my perspective, it blossomed into this book about the perspectives of different people facing certain horrors and their desperate thoughts. The undead aren't your typical moaning groaning slow walking dead people - they're calculating, savage, primal humans missing morals and ethics. It's pretty fun and pretty dark. I enjoy hearing the reactions of people who read Undead Winter because they're usually pretty shocked.
Undead Winter is much better writing than Bohemian Grove, but I love my story and characters in Bohemian Grove more. They're both my babies in their own way. Bohemian Grove sets the scene for the rest of the trilogy and although some pretty intense things happened in the first book, I save the really good stuff for the 2nd and 3rd installments.
: Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?
The Sun Gate is scheduled to be released by the end of the year, as is Undead Winter. I've also recently contracted with award winning international film director to co-write a screenplay for his next independent film. We start that project next month.
: What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?
Music is my muse. It gave birth to the writer in me when I listened to Counting Crows that night. Music is almost the pen in my hand (or the keys on the keyboard) and completely shapes what I write. I love indie music; Birdy, Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, Agnes Obel.. I love sexy music.
: What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
Always music... or in the case of Undead Winter, a nightmare. I recently had another nightmare that I wrote down and started getting some great feedback on that as well. But that project will have to wait in line.
So either music or nightmares seems to be my trend.
: What one thing are you the most proud of in your life?
My son. It's cliché but so true.
: What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?
: The main characters of your stories - do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?
I really try not to. I've had quite a few people tell me that Carter is me, but I disagree. I'm sure there are some similarities but I purposely try to create characters that aren't me. However, my friends are a different story. There are definitely people I know in my characters. Especially my more colorful friends.
: Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
I have favorite authors. Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, Jennifer Armentrout, Richelle Mead... I love so many but these are ones where I pretty much read every book they write and am always on their pre-order list for their next book.
: Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?
I think I'm still in denial as everything happened so fast. I've only been doing this for 14 months and I've been swept off my feet. I am floored by the experience, especially knowing that this is a process that takes years and years for most people. I'm beyond fortunate to have everything happen so quickly but because it has, it doesn't feel real yet. It's been a completely surreal experience. I'm humbled to see so many people invested in seeing something I have created come to life and I'm humbled by my friends who have been just as excited as me about this venture. I'm definitely one of the happiest people alive.