Stella Williams is a Blogger and Romance Author, who lives in Washington State. She has a degree in Anthropology from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Stella prides herself in using her studies to create diverse worlds and characters for her novels. You can find more about Stella at her website www.serpentinecreative.com
1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
Thank you for having me! I started writing at a very young age but I don’t think I considered writing as a profession until high school. I started working with my school new paper and quickly realized that I enjoyed writing Fiction much more than writing facts. Being able to use my creativity and imagination is what I love the most about writing. Journalism wasn’t for me because there was too much structure involved. To this day I get so frustrated when I have to take time to outline or edit. I guess you can say I’m a rule breaker…lol
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
My books are a reflection of what’s on my mind at the time I am writing. I write to escape the harsh realities of everyday life so my books reflect that. I write paranormal romance because it allows me to find a creative way to work through things that bug me but with a guaranteed HEA (Happily Ever After) or HFN (Happy for Now). My books are available on multiple platforms but you can find information about all of them on my website http://www.serpentinecreative.com.
3) What projects are you currently working on?
Too many! No, seriously. I am always coming up with new ideas for novels and series. I will say that my focus right now is finishing my Secret of Ceres Series and my Langsmith Shifter Series.
4) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
My most significant achievement as a writer would have to be just having the confidence to keep writing. In the next five years I hope to have at least three more series under my belt.
5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
Rejection is a fact of life. In my career I’ve done my best to avoid dealing with rejection by putting my best and most professional foot forward. That way I don’t get caught up in what ifs, I can tell myself I did my best and that not everything is for everyone.
6) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?
I probably should have a schedule but just the word schedule gives me hives when it comes to my writing. I write based on my moods, if I’m not up to writing I know if I force it I’ll end up with crap. I won’t be happy with the work and it will only stress me out. I am lucky that I have a flexible life that allows me to do things on my own time. My writing is best when it flows straight from the heart, no outline needed. When I get in that zone, when the stars align, I can easily get a novel done in less than a month.
7) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
Absolutely not! Everyone has their own journey and I’ve found that the perspective you have on the world as an older person and writer often adds the extra oomph people want in stories.
8) Are you an avid reader and have you always been? What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? Who is your favorite author? What book are you currently reading?
Reading was my first love. I don’t remember a time I haven’t had a book tucked under my arm, in my backpack or purse. I mean, now I have reading apps on my phone and an eReader. I can’t pinpoint the very first book that got me in my feels but I do remember my mom almost banning me from reading the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series because I would literally sob through the entire book. I don’t really have favorite authors. I have authors that inspired me, authors I grew up with but I don’t have an absolute favorite. I’m not currently reading anything. I’ve been too focused on my writing and don’t want to be inadvertently influenced, but I do have a massive TBR of books waiting for my next writing break.
9) How has the current state of the world affected your writing? Because writing is an isolated practice, do you find it easier to deal with quarantine? Has it stifled your creativity or has it made you even more driven to get things done?
This isolation has definitely taken its toll on my productivity. On one hand I have more time since I’m not out socializing but on the other, I have young children who demand more of my time without their usual activities. It’s been very eye opening to see the strengths and weaknesses in my writing process.
10) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry as it is being represented today? Do you lean more towards traditional publishing or self-publishing as a preference? Does being a hybrid author interest you?
I feel the publishing industry like most of the world is in a period of transition. This last few years there has been more of a push to have traditional publishing catch up to the social climate of today. I personally prefer self-publishing because the traditional publishing world isn’t as open as it should be to writers like myself. Not to say I wouldn’t love to be traditionally published one day but right now I enjoy the creative control and freedom of publishing on my own.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
I like to say that I am an open book. I write my emotions into my work but I also share the joy of writing with others. Part of my artistry is helping and mentoring other writers on their writing journey. Often when helping others I am inspired to write myself. I remember what excited me about writing in the first place.
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