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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Interview With Author Brooke Williams
What inspired you to write this book? I went to a writing conference at which I met
an agent who was highly energetic and inspiring. She indicated that aspiring
writers should try out the romance genre. It's a huge genre that is constantly
in need of fresh material. In one of her classes, she had us come up with the
first line of a story. I wrote "Stop the wedding!" A small line, but
one that went on to inspire the whole book "Wrong Place, Right Time."
Once I got home, I wanted to finish the book and I did. I never saw myself as a
romance writer, but I really enjoy the genre now and have seen success in it.
What do you hope the reader is left with? A smile on their faces and a little extra joy
in their hearts. PErhaps even a little hope.
You say your book is a "clean, romantic
comedy" -- but is that getting harder to deliver in an she of erotica and
gratuitous sexual content?
Not for me. My work is about the story and not the physical aspect of a
relationship. My characters get to know one another and fall for each other on
a mental level. I've never written an erotic scene and don't plan to. Kisses
are enough to show the passion between a couple. I feel I can do plenty with
the tension between them to entice the reader to keep on reading. Some men
appreciate it when women dress in a way that leaves something to the
imagination. Some things should be left just between two people.
What challenges did you overcome in the
process of writing it?
I created it in full novel length, but in the editing stage, it became more of
a novella. I struggled with that idea because I desperately wanted it to be a
novel. My editor had me go back and start the story in a new place and there
were a lot of other changes. In the end, I feel like it's in a much better
place. But editing was hard hard hard and not the enjoyable part of the process
for me. Writing it was a piece of cake. The story just came out. Changing it
later was the hard part.
What advice would you give fellow writers? If you have the desire to write...write.
Don't give up. If you want to get published, the right publisher is out there.
You just have to find them. IT can feel like a needle in a haystack, but if you
don't look, you'll NEVER find it. Keep searching and it's there! In the meantime,
write because you love it. Whether or not anyone is reading it is beside the
point. Do it for yourself and the rest will come in time.