Interview: Lindsey Williams
Name: Lindsey Williams
Latest Release: Motherhood
Lindsey Williams is a professional human, lifetime bibliophile and occasional poet turned self-published author.
Lindsey is a bit of a nerdy rebel wanderer type, who’s finally found the time to plant roots and get serious about fulfilling her dream of publishing books. In her writing she draws on a broad range of experience, from her first job at age thirteen on a small horse farm; to a chemical, health and safety administrator for a Fortune 500 company; to her current position as a disgustingly happy wife and mother who creates worlds from her home office. She’s passionate about a variety of social issues and usually identifies as “other” – whatever the case may be.
When she’s not writing, she’s been known to engage in numerous forms of self-torture such as participating in philosophical debates or translating things into ancient Egyptian. Some of her other hobbies include researching and/or analyzing pretty much everything to death, conducting culinary experiments, and listening to really loud heavy metal while relaxing in her pool.
- What is your name (real or otherwise)?
- Describe your writing style in three words.
Sharp. Subversive. Emotional.
- How long have you been writing?
Professionally about 2 ½ years, otherwise since I was about 13 or so.
- Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most?
The ones I avoid! I find the harder it is for me to write something, the more digging I have to do to make it work, the better it turns out. Or so I’m told.
- Describe one way in which you could improve your writing.
- What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
If you don’t write the classics of the future, who will?
- Who is your favorite author?
Probably Douglas Adams or Diana Gabaldon. It’s hard to choose just one.
- How do you make time to write?
Good question. Mostly by neglecting household chores… Kidding of course. But it is my day job, so the hardest part is forcing myself to just do it and resist all the distractions. I’ve found it harder to work at home than any other job I’ve ever had.
- When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to music, watching TV shows and mentally critiquing them/pointing out the flaws to my husband. I swear since I started doing this full time it has really ruined my outlook on the writing in TV and movies. Plot holes…plot holes everywhere.
- How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A variety of ways really. Recommendations, reading reviews, just poking around, my fellow author’s asking for reviews.
- Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmm, sort of. It was an outline for a story idea. I haven’t gotten back around to writing it, because it’s going to take a ton of research, and I’ve already spent way too many hours on it. It will take a while for me to finish it. One day though.
- What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh that’s tough. The Ultimate Hitchhikers’ Guide by Douglas Adams, Outlander (the whole series really) by Diana Gabaldon, Lamb by Christopher Moore, Hand of Isis by Jo Graham, and a toss-up between The Golden Ass by Apuleius and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
As for why, I guess they all have a certain style to them that I enjoyed, that felt immersive. They were books that I could enter into their worlds effortlessly. They took me on an absolutely fantastic journey that I’ll never forget and they all changed me in some way. I felt the characters and their lives long after putting the books down.
- Describe your desk/writing space:
I have a proper office, with a desk in front of a window looking out into my backyard, which is nice. And I also take my laptop onto my back porch as well, or sometimes I just write in bed. Anywhere will do.
- Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That’s an interesting question, with two different answers. I lived in a Florida suburb until I was 12, when my family moved to a small town (if you could even call it that) in rural Pennsylvania. I experienced a kind of culture shock- going from a very diverse environment in a well populated area, to the absolute snow-white middle of nowhere. It was very weird to me. There were more people of color in my Girl Scout troop in Florida, than my entire school in Pennsylvania. I also spent some time in Oklahoma, which is a whole other story. Anyway I eventually moved back to Florida the first opportunity I got, and haven’t regretted it one bit.
I’d say it has definitely influenced who I am and thus my writing. The two wholly different environments made me a lot more aware of social issues and it shapes my stories. I’ve learned a lot about myself through my different experiences and I think it’s made me a decently well-rounded writer. I try to be open-minded, above all.
- When did you first start writing?
When I was a kid, maybe about 13 or 14.
- Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you?
I’ve written flash fiction to novella length at this point, as well as outlined an entire series. I’d almost say the short fiction is harder, because there is an imposed economy of words you have to work with. But then, on the other side of that, they are perhaps easier to finish because they’re shorter, so I’m not really sure…
- Share one writing goal you have yet to meet.
Ooh, tough. One goal I definitely haven’t met is finishing one thing before starting another. Or like, six anothers…
- What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone ‘gets’ what I’m trying to do with a story. That feeling of having accurately expressed my idea enough to connect with a reader, is worth all that angst….and editing.
- What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I don’t have a whole lot of fans as of right now, but I’ve been able to have actual relationships and dialogues with some them and it’s been great! Some have turned into good friends and it’s taught me a lot about pushing past my comfort zones and the rewards that can be found in doing that.
- What are you working on next?
A lot. I’ve got four current projects, but I’m mostly focusing on Dragonfae right now – which is a medieval style dragon fantasy. Also in line are: a sci-fi short titled Astralis, a dystopian fantasy I’m tentatively calling Ekko, a non-fiction, and a sci-fi horror collection of shorts based on fairy tales.
There is definitely a lot more to come, so stay tuned!