Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author M.K. Williams
M.K. Williams is an Indiana-born, Philadelphia-raised, Florida-transplant working and living beneath the sunny, and often rainy, skies of Tampa. Williams’ writing influences include a lifetime of watching suspenseful mysteries and action movies and reading Stephen King, Ian McEwan and J.K. Rowling. Williams has penned two books: Nailbiters, a sci-fi thriller, and The Games You Cannot Win, a contemporary collection of short stories.
Book sample: My latest book is The Games You Cannot Win. It is a collection of four short stories.
Roll the dice, pick a card, tell a lie, hide the truth. Whatever the move, it’s all just part of the game. Follow the lives of four very different characters who are all trapped in an insidious game. Each story delves into the intricate web of misaligned motives and obscured half-truths.
In This Business
A career hangs in the balance between a wicked deal with a publishing company and a daughter’s loyalty to her mother. As she works furiously to meet her deadline, she debates the impending betrayal: her ambition, or her beloved mother.
In the middle of his quarter-life crisis, Randolf, a young reporter, stumbles upon a political scandal so dark and treacherous that it threatens the very fabric of our democracy. Will he reveal the truth before it is too late, or will the innate powers of human nature ruin his story before it is even printed?
Katherine Hertzfeld-Doll has just begun her term as a Supreme Court Justice. Before she can even get her bearings, she is thrown into a scandal that threatens to compromise her life’s work and end her career. Will she cave under the pressure or will she use her political power to hide the truth?
Escaping Avila Chase
Agent Trevor Hobbertson is about to crack the most important case of his career with the FBI. As he pursues the criminal he is also taunted by vivid memories of his ex-girlfriend. Is that nagging feeling that he is being taunted founded, or is there an evil mastermind lurking behind the scenes and planning his demise?
How long does it usually take you to complete a book? My current books each took about three years from the first idea to the final product. I would say that I was really concentrated on each work for a solid year though. So far, I have been averaging one book a year. I am still on track to finish my next book in that time frame so keep an eye out for another release from me this fall.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I am always trying to scrutinize my writing to see where it can improve and to try and incorporate the tactics that my favorite authors use. I don’t try to change everything all at once though, I try to iterate. In Nailbiters, I was focused on building a world with my words and really improving on my descriptions. In The Games You Cannot Win, particularly the final story, Escaping Avila Chase, I wanted to practice writing from a male point-of-view. I think each project gives me the opportunity to try something new and add a new skill to my repertoire.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I almost always listen to music when I am writing. I usually create a playlist of songs that put me in the head-space of my characters. I have those playlists available on Spotify for readers to listen to as well.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? I haven’t found any one technique that has resulted in immediate sales. I am working at promoting my books every day and over time I do start to see the results, but I know it is the result of months and months of work and hustling to promote my books.
Which writers inspire you? My earliest inspirations were J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. In recent years, I have fallen in love with the work of Margaret Atwood, I think each of her novels and collections of stories are absolutely amazing!
What is the current book you are promoting? I’m promoting my most recent work, a collection of short stories titled: The Games You Cannot Win. I had the most fun writing these stories and I hope that audiences will have just as much fun reading them.
You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? Yes, my next book will be a contemporary suspense novel that follows that final months of a couple who is destined to die in a tragic accident. The story will give audiences an insight into the many people who had motives to injure them and what caused their horrible demise.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? I’ve learned that I have to still enjoy writing in order for my work to be any good. If I’m blocked or just not enjoying a given story I move away from it so that I can focus my energies on stories that I can enjoy writing.
What book are you currently reading or just finished? I’m currently reading The Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
What do your readers mean to you? I am always so humbled when someone takes the time to buy and read one of my books. Even though they are only $0.99 that is money they could have put elsewhere. The time they spend reading my books is time that they could have spent doing something else. I am so grateful to each person who has taken the time to join my characters on their journey. Thank you thank you thank you!
How can readers discover more about you and you work? They can follow me on Facebook or Goodreads, although I tend to post more updates on Facebook.
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