MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RAVEN M. WILLIAMS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Raven M. Williams and I write Fantasy, mostly paranormal, epic, and fairytales.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Well, I have several series, but since the latter ones pick up threads from the original series I wrote, I’ll discuss Realm Jumper Chronicles. I started that series to answer questions that came into my mind while watching Peter Jackson’s vision of The Lord of the Rings. So many Elves died during the wars of Middle Earth, and being one who believes in reincarnation, I wondered what happened to their souls. Did they reincarnate as humans, because their race left Middle Earth, or did they continue to reincarnate as Elves in the Undying Lands. I thought about it so much, that a story idea came to mind and I ran with it.
Three out of the seven books actually deal with a human having an Elven soul and faced with the choice of remaining human and having their Elven memories removed, or being restored to Elf-Kin. I originally wanted each book to have that concept, but the Realm Jumper characters had other ideas. Still, I like the concept, so I’ll be doing a new series of books that will pick it up and run with it.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always loved Fantasy. I prefer it over all the other genres, but I will read almost anything as long as the story is good. So, it was a foregone conclusion I would write Fantasy.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I might occasionally research a certain area of the world that I feature in my stories, but that’s about it. As it’s fantasy, I’ve created my own towns, worlds, races and species. As to reincarnation, it is something I studied long before I began writing. Now, for the Past Life Regression therapy scenes, I did consult with a therapist who shared her process with me and gave me permission to adapt and use it in my books.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have several. They are: Realm Jumper Chronicles, Witch Hunters’ Society, Demon Stones Saga, Raven’s Twisted Classics and Myths & Legends. The first three are completed series. Raven’s Twisted Classics is my fairytale series, so it’s ongoing, and Myths & Legends feature back stories of characters, races, or species from my Mystic Realms. I’m also beginning four new series, with plans to release one book a year in these series, starting next year.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Not really. My favorite always seems to be the one I’m writing. So, it changes every time I begin a new story.
Was it always meant to become a series?
When I first started Realm Jumper Chronicles, it was meant to be a series. It just became something a bit different from what I originally planned. Out of all of my stories, Witch Hunters’ Society was the only one planned as a single book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m a caregiver for a disabled family member, so everything I do personally is done around my responsibilities to him. However, he likes having his life scheduled, so it makes it easy for me to schedule what I do.
My typical day is this: I get up, mediate while sipping my first cup of coffee, then I make breakfast. While I eat it, I check emails and do a quick glance at social media. Then, I write until lunch time. While eating lunch, I do a quick perusal of social media to see if there’s anything I need to address, then depending on what I have going on, I’ll either proof audio chapters, work on jewelry or art, or update my website as needed.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have several new books in the making. I have two at the beta-reading stage: Elven Origins, which is a Myths & Legends book, The Candy Shoppe, which is a new Twisted Classics, The Alchemist is at the completed rough draft stage, which is from a new series, Mystic Realms Love Stories, I’m beginning to write Vesoria, which is the first book in the new series, Elven Society, and I’m making notes for the first book in another new series, The Fallen, which will focus on the lives of the Fallen Angels in my Mystic Realms. I also have outlines for a couple more Twisted Classics and another Myths & Legends story.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I try to use names that reflect the species or race the characters come from. There’s this wonderful online fantasy name generator that I use for my different character names.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come from everywhere. Sometimes they are triggered by something I see in a movie or television show. Most of my subsequent stories have been triggered by something that occurs in whatever I’m currently writing.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’m actually branching out into Fantasy Romance. One of my characters was really talking to me about who he loved and loves and wanted me to tell his story. As I’m quite jaded, I’m a bit worried about tackling it. But I have two author friends who write romance, so they’ve agreed to offer advice where needed. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have book trailers for most my books and/or series. For the shorter stories, I haven’t made them, but when I finally combine the shorter stories into one volume, I’ll create a trailer for it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
What I love best about being an author is getting to write and be creative. I love watching the story form on the page as my fingers fly over the keys.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
If I’m still alive, I’ll still be writing and creating jewelry and art.
Have you always liked to write?
Actually, it’s something I came to late in life. During my elementary and high school years, we had to write very few papers. Then, life happened and I didn’t go right into college. It was only in my later years, that I tackled college and it was then I discovered a love of writing, both stories and poetry.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write. Don’t worry about all the rules you see floating around social media. Sit down and write. Don’t worry about how it is during the rough draft stage. You can polish it up with editing. However, to improve, you have to keep writing. So write.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I create art and jewelry, along with my writing, so I’d continue to do that.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I only read reviews if the reviewer tells me they’ve done so and provides me with a link. I feel the review are for readers and I leave it at that. If I am notified of a review, I will read it and thank the reviewer, otherwise, I couldn’t tell you how many reviews I have on my stories. If, I do discover a bad review, I shrug it off and keep on writing.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I love it all. I like being in control.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
My current work-in-progress is basically in outline form. But here’s a bit from the Prologue…
Paer-Jhysael, many millennia ago…A great war brings a split in Elven Society. Those who believed in purity of blood rose against those who believed the Elves must evolve by whatever means the Universe provides for them. This led to the creation of four new races, the Silvantis, Terrians, Pherials, and Irvanins.
Yet, even with their strongly held beliefs, they could not stop the mixing of blood. For, when they left Aerenal society to form their own, they were forced to accept those from other clans into their new races, changing who they were forever.
Along with the mixing of blood, their physical features also underwent a transformation. To differentiate the new races from the original Aerenals, they developed cat-shaped eyes, pointed ears, and their hair took on highlights of their new race; blue for the Silvantis who are tied to Water, green for the Terrians who are tied to Earth, red for the Pherials who are tied to Fire, and blonde hair for the Irvanins who are tied to Air. Meanwhile, the Aerenals remained as they were, with circle surrounding their pupils to depict their race and hair colors as they are born with.
The new races of Elves remained on Paer-Jhysael for some time, before they decided they didn’t like the way the Aerenals did things. So, they rose up and made war with their Elven Kin, trying to force the Aerenals to do their bidding.
However, their war backfired, and three of the races were exiled from Paer-Jhysael, bound by the terms of their war declaration. They moved to a new world, one they named Vesoria. It is there our story begins…
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
All of my stories fall under some sub-genre of Fantasy, so it’s really not hard to balance them. I write Fantasy because it’s what I know and love.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always been an avid reader. My mom was an avid reader. I think I got it from her. I know my children got it from me.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have a few authors I read on a regular basis.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I love my fantasy realms and pretty much love all of my characters, even the evil ones.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on if the characters are cooperating or if I’m having to fight with them to get them to talk.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Leaving the house and peopling will kill the voices every single time.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what comes to me and hope the readers love it.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have quite a few writer friends, though there are two that we help each other. They read through my rough drafts and give me advice on where I can do better and I do the same for them.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Queen of Chaos. I love chaos.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/RaveMWilliams/
MeWe Profile: https://mewe.com/i/raven.williams1
MeWe Shop Page: https://mewe.com/p/mysticrealmscurioshop
Mighty Network Blog: https://ravens-mystic-realms.mn.co/
Newsletter Signup: https://www.mysticrealmscurioshop.com/newsletter-sign-up
Amazon Author page: http://amazon.com/author/ravenwilliams
Books2Read Author Page: https://www.books2read.com/ap/nk2rwR/Raven-M-Williams
Bookbub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/raven-williams
Lulu Author Page: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/RavenWilliamsAuthor
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️