Author Spotlight: Eric Williams
Eric Williams is an educator and coach who seeks to increase youth reading rates by giving them stories that they can relate to. His first two books, Inspire Me and Enlighten Me, definitely do just that. So, let's learn some new things about this teacher turned author . . .
First, let’s get to know you a little better
Where would you go in a time machine?
That’s a good question. Probably back to the past and tell my former self to beware of the things I did and the decisions I made. But, then again, that’s wishful thinking. I couldn’t possibly do it now.
Which super power would you like to have?
Speed. It kills.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Blue. It's pure, full of energy, and enlivening. Not to mention it's my favorite and it's simply badass.
What’s your favorite old school jam?
Too many to name. If I had to pick one, it would definitely be Smokey Robinson – Crusin. It reminds me of my grandparents.
What TV show can you absolutely not miss?
Gotham. Gotta love the Penguin.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
I wouldn't mind trading places with Donald Trump, on a non-political note. The guy has a fanbase that believes in him and generates A LOT of heat. Some adore him regardless of what is said or done, and others critique everything he does. That's half the battle, getting followers and maintaining the attention. Often times if someone was back and forth and had not real direction, you'd lose them. He's heard, good or bad.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Down, By Ten
Now, on to your writing
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I kinda always wrote. Especially when I was younger. Seventh grade, it started with Fan Fiction. As I got older, I developed my own world and went from there.
What inspires you to write?
Life and how we all handle it.
What genre do you write and why?
Young adult. There’s a lot to tell. A lot of my peers and friends don’t know a lot about me. This is a way to let everyone know a piece about me, mixed with a bit of what I see on a daily basis.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I could write for days if I could. Sometimes, I have to take a break and let the juices regenerate. I hate to, but I realize that not everything needs to be put on pen and paper. Or at least not as first thought.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My ability to create new ideas. If I'm out to dinner or something, I'm quick to grab a napkin or whip out a piece of paper to jot it down. That's happening more often as of late.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Progression. I know where I want to go, but it’s about getting my readers there.
How do you select the names of your characters?
That’s a great question. Facebook. If I put names together, and there’s no sign of the name there, those become my more prominent characters. If a name is common, I do my research and make sure names and personal background aren’t the same. I ran into that problem once, and it tore my world apart.
And just a bit more
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
How did it feel when you published your first book?
Esctatic. I couldn’t believe it. It’s one thing to see someone else’s work of art in print, but to flip through the pages and realize you put a novel together, word for word, it’s an amazing feeling. It literally was 17 years in the making. And to see what it’s become now is simply amazing.
Can you tell us about your current projects?
My 2nd novel was released June 30th. Then I have five more that I am working on as well. I want my first trilogy to be complete before I work on the others. It’s enough to keep me busy for a long time.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I was totally into Anne Moody’s novel: Coming of Age in Mississippi. It’s a shame there really isn’t much to read of hers. That book was probably the only one I read from open to close, multiple times.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t stop the dream.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
If you dream it, you can achieve it. No matter how long it took.
What does literary success look like to you?
Finishing that first piece of work. Unfortunately, there are some who can’t read, let alone know how to navigate books. Blessed are those who can take the time to write and publish their writing.
Thank you, Eric, for letting us into your world. To keep up with Eric and his books, visit him at https://authorericwilliams.wixsite.com/ericwilliamsauthor.com.