WorldAuthors.Org Talks To Author Andrew R Williams
Hello Author Andrew R Williams, Welcome back to WorldAuthors.Org! Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Frodsham, Cheshire, England. I have lived in Rainhill, Merseyside, for 43 years. (Rainhill is famous for the steam trials 1829, which made steam rail travel possible.)
Have you been to any writing conference, and what was your experience like?
I have never been to a writing conference, but I did take a stand at Comic-Con in Liverpool last year and sold quite a few books. It also gave me the chance to meet my potential readers
Tell us your latest news?
I have completed a prequel to the Arcadia’s Children series called Marooned. As long as my editor is happy with it, I hope to have it on Kindle and Amazon shortly.
When and why did you begin writing?
My first books were technical. “A Practical Guide to alterations and extensions” started life as an in-house manual for my draftspeople, and I offered it to the illustrated Carpenter and Joiner; then SPON took an interest.
SPON is a technical publishing company for the UK building industry
Fired up by writing, I then wrote “Domestic Building Surveys” in 1993 (also published by SPON)
I have been told that my technical books are recommended reading for building students.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Once I’d had my books published by SPON. Then, I got the “writing bug” after the two technical books I wanted to write Scifi.
What inspired you to write Arcadia’s Children 5: Samantha’s War?
As the title suggests, it’s the 5th in the Arcadia series. Continuing the series seems an obvious thing to do.
More importantly, when I’d completed Arcadia’s Children 4: Exodus, I had enough “leftover” on my word processor (ideas that I hadn’t been able to use in Arcadia 4) to make a good start on Arcadia’s Children 5.
How much of the book is realistic?
I hope that scenes in my books are “realistic”
As regards checking my realism, I use the internet to ensure that my sci-fi ideas aren’t too whacky. I also check characters’ names to avoid someone coming along and being offended.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this novel but in “Jim’s Revenge”, a great deal was based upon actual life events that I’d witnessed happening to other people.
What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am working on “Manhunt” a sequesl to superior. “Marooned” is with my editor and will be out shortly. (As long as it cuts the mustard.)
Who designed the covers?
Liam at Akon Creative Ltd bespoke designs my covers. If anyone needs his contact details, please let me know. I’m sure he’d be pleased to have feedback or instructions from authors.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The writing comes naturally now. Growing a fan club is a significant headache. I’m still trying to break into the market. There are so many good authors and books out there with which to compete.
Hopefully, dear reader, you will join my fan club. (See below)
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get yourself a copy of Grammarly (if you haven’t done so already or something similar) and link it to your word processor. This will help avoid major linguistic traps.
Then use a good editor. Even if you have read and re-read your manuscript, something silly can still sneak through.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you log onto my website https://www.andrewrwilliamsauthor.co.uk/, you can register to receive notifications when new books come out and claim your FREE pdf copy of Arcadia’s Childen: Samantha’s Revenge.