Sometimes a good book really is all you need. They have the power to transform, take your mind off of troubles, whisk you to fantasy lands, and even if for a mere hour, allow you peek into the intimate details of someone else’s life. So we’re saluting the authors who keep us on the edge of our seats and leave us wanting more–sharing with you our favorite scribes who put pen to paper and uplift voices for the unheard.
Website: www.nicolebailey-williams.com and www.myspace.com/lovechildsrevenge
Clutch: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
NBW: I’ve always written. From the time I was a little girl and I used to sneak a flashlight under my covers so that I could continue to read after “lights out,” I’ve always recognized the power of the pen. I guess what inspires me is that when I write, I get to create. Sometimes, I create a perfect world or sometimes I create perfection amid chaos. Nonetheless, it’s my chance to make sense of the world with a pen. I find inspiration from life’s flaws and raw deals, so I seek to straighten those things out in print.
Clutch: If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you would be doing?
NBW: Since I’ve been writing, I’ve been juggling a full-time teaching position at a New Jersey high school and a 9-year stint as a radio show host in addition to my familial duties. The question is, what will my life be like when I can solely focus on my writing. That will be bliss…but I’m sure that I’ll throw another ball into the act again. I’m thinking of opening a restaurant.
Clutch: In your opinion, what’s the one thing one must possess if they want to become a professional writer?
NBW: A writer must possess the gift of reflection coupled with observation. That will help writers give voice to characters’ motivation and it also helps to make the story flow without force-feeding the storyline to readers.
Clutch: How has the Internet and Social Media helped you as a writer?
NBW: I’m such a techno-boob, but I definitely recognize the power of the Internet. I paid college application fees for one of my students to get my Myspace page up and running, and thank goodness I have a cousin who designed my webpage. I have been able to do some research on the Internet, and I am able to read some reviews if the feeling hits me, so I definitely recognize their importance.
Clutch: Tell us about your current book?
NBW: It’s about a vixen who’s out for vengeance. Media Queen Peach Harrison has been cheated out of her inheritance, and she feels like she has an ax to grind. Through her adventures and scandals, we learn that sometimes we need to count the blessings at hand instead of being bent on revenge. We also learn the power of forgiveness.
Clutch: What advice would you give to up and coming writers?
NBW: I’ll tell you what I’m unable to do because I have a three-month-old and a four-year-old. I do recognize that it’s important, though. Simply, write everyday. It’s your craft, and just like singers sing and athletes practice, writers need to write.