This morning I was talking with a woman, Terry, who expressed that familiar adage that everyone has a book in them. It made me wonder what that really means. Some writers, I think, are driven because they have a mythical tale to unfold while others have an account from their lives to share. Still others are driven more by the message conveyed within their story. So I asked myself: what kind of book did I have in me?
The answer was that I am not driven by the creation of imaginary worlds or sharing my life experiences in fiction or nonfiction formats. I am driven by two things: 1) creating a story that allows me to share a message that is important to me; and 2) being able to step into the magical world of putting words together in just the right way to create a desired effect.
Using words to accomplish a goal has always been a part of my life, whether verbally as a manager, a technical analyst, or a coach or in written form as a nonfiction and fiction writer or as an editor. Dealing with facts and helping people increase their knowledge base has always been rewarding. I do have to admit, however, that the more sober venues do not compare to the wild abandon that you can experience when letting your imagination loose when you write fiction!
Writing my novels was akin to a mystical experience for me. I became so enveloped by each character’s life that I cried, laughed, and suffered along with them to the point that I often had to walk away from the writing for short periods because my emotional state felt under siege by what was happening to my character!
Second Chances is my debut novel, and it is followed by the sequel The Threads That Bind. Because of my strong belief in our potential as humans to reach a level of expression that goes way beyond the physical, it was not surprising to me that my novels would delve into the metaphysical to weave a story of suspense. Nor was it a surprise that my protagonist in Second Chances would reach deep within herself to find a solution that was responsive to the circumstances and not arising out of fear or conditioning. It was gratifying to read Sylvia Massara’s remark in her review of Second Chances: “—in the end I came away feeling inspired and opening my heart to the fact that love truly does conquer all.”
My nonfiction works are about the process each of us has to experience as we seek to reach that potential I mentioned. Internal change leads to external change. In one of my books, I say this: “Your life is always under construction. It is your job to learn how to untangle the threads and weave a tapestry that matches your desires.” Learning to do this is what all my nonfiction writing is about, whether it focuses on one’s business or personal life.
As I became involved with the self-publishing industry through Facebook, I saw a need to have a place where readers could look at only self-published works, and so I established an online bookstore early in 2011: http://www.BreakthroughBookstore.com. The bookstore is not a statement about traditionally-published books. It is simply meant to provide a venue where the works of self-published authors can be more easily located by readers who are hungry to discover new writers. I provide reviews at my discretion and feature books that are brought to my attention in the marketplace. I also choose an Editor’s Choice book, which represents the best of the best that I have read among self-published books.
My novels, and most of my nonfiction works are available on Breakthrough Bookstore, of course J, but they can also be found on Amazon.com. In addition, you can go to http://www.WilliamsenPublications.com to view and purchase all my books.