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MEET THE AUTHOR: Suzanna Williams


Suzanna Williams, author of SHOCK WAVES, a great new sci-fi action and adventure novel for the young adult audience.

Suzanna Williams, author of SHOCK WAVES, a great new sci-fi action and adventure novel for the young adult audience.

Suzanna Williams is a ‘perpetually eighteen years old’ YA author who lives in the wet and wild, Welsh borderlands surrounded by ruined medieval castles and Celtic mythology where she looks for UFO’s amongst the stars and imagines that all the people she meets have dark secrets.

Reviewers are calling ‘SHOCK WAVES’…

“AMAZING![!] What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn’t put it down. Think the movie ‘Speed’, but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

Welcome, Suzanna Williams. It’s wonderful to have you here at 4writersandreaders today. I can’t wait to find out more about you and your writing. To start off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Warrington, England but I’ve lived among the rolling hills of the Welsh Borderlands for twenty years. I’ve had many unrelated and generally badly paid jobs including musician, shop assistant, telesales, school lab technician and wedding registrar. None of these have used my degree in psychology in any way.

All of that real-world experience must have given you plenty of ideas for your writing. How about your family?

I have three grownup children and a ‘nearly’ grandson. I’ve been married for —— years and my husband is a CGI (computer generated images) artist. He did the filming and effects for my book trailer while my son and his girlfriend featured on the book cover.

How wonderful, Suzanna, that your family plays such an active role in supporting your writing career. I really enjoyed all three of the book trailers for SHOCK WAVES. Congratulations on winning the http://yougottaread.com/category/video-contest/. Your three SHOCK WAVES videos are all unique—professional, informative and lots of fun. My favorite is “Shock Waves Tour of Shrewsbury.” I know our readers will love it, too.

Come along and join us on the ‘ShockWaves’ Tour of Shrewsbury with author Suzanna Williams…



How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do?

I could read really well before I started school. Writing stories followed close behind.

After leaving school, my writing went on the back-burner until my children became involved in the local amdram (Amateur Dramatics) group. Starting out as rehearsal pianist, I progressed to director/script-writer and was actually commissioned to write a pantomime for another group. Yes, I got paid for that.

I write YA because I still think of myself as being eighteen years old (don’t laugh) and also because I used to read all my kids’ books when they weren’t looking. There are some really awesome, inspiring YA books in print right now.

Can you give us a brief synopsis of your book?

“AMAZING!! What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn't put it down. Think the movie 'Speed', but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

ShockWaves is about a girl who gets kidnapped by an ex-IRA terrorist who is seeking revenge on the policeman that put him in prison, and about the boy who goes to rescue her. It’s made more complicated by the fact that a traumatic experience causes a telepathic link, or shockwave, between them and there are plenty of traumatic experiences for both of them as the story unfolds.

What prompted you to become a writer, Suzanna?

When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had a list. There was musician, teacher, school lab technician (I like messing with chemicals lol) and author. Well, I’ve been a musician (that was great) and a piano teacher, too. I’ve even been a lab technician. But really, I wanted to be an author. So when the kids left home, I devoted my free time to writing. Holding real paperback copies of my book was a dream come true.

Do you have a favorite line from SHOCK WAVES?

My favorite quote is when Lee tries to explain to Paige’s friends what ‘parkour’ is.

“It’s parkour,” Lee started to explain. “It’s a proper sport.” He turned and jumped onto the bench. “We move from one place to another taking the shortest route.”

“Why?” asked Sonya.

“It’s a buzz,” said Lee.

Sonya arranged her face into a superior sneer. “You should try shopping,” she told him.

Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Lee. When I was writing ShockWaves, I imagined him as a teenage Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Lee’s the sort who will walk through the fires of hell for the person he loves…and he’s just a little bit sarcastic in the face of danger. Yep, my kind of guy.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I spend a long time plotting my stories. That’s hard.

Then I take a long time writing lots of back story for my characters. I’ve got notes on my latest book written from the viewpoints of all the main characters so I know exactly what all their motives are and what they’re thinking. That’s harder because often I have to go back and change my plot again.

Then the actual first draft takes me ages because I edit as I go and I can spend ages agonizing over thinking up the best word and I get impatient. So that’s harder still.

But I enjoy the editing part because the pressure to finish the script is off. If the worst happens, I can just say “It’s finished,” lol.

Do you do anything besides write?

At the moment, I teach piano and work part-time in a shop. This funds my writing habit.

How can my readers get a copy of ‘Shock Waves’?

“AMAZING!! What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn't put it down. Think the movie 'Speed', but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

“AMAZING!! What can I say? Between the non-stop action, in-depth characters, and all the suspense in the second half I couldn’t put it down. Think the movie ‘Speed’, but with teens and telepathy…” (Juan, Amazon review)

ShockWaves is available as a paperback or as a download at Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/ShockWaves-Series-ebook/dp/B00A9XJ7FW  and Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/ShockWaves-Series-ebook/dp/B00A9XJ7FW

What’s next for you, Suzanna?

I have a sequel to ShockWaves half-written and expect to publish it at the end of 2013. I also have another book that I’m very excited about called Ninety-five percent Human on schedule for release in the spring. Ninety-five percent Human is a sci-fi/action/adventure with a touch of romance thrown in and I’ve really enjoyed writing it.

How exciting: a new book ready for release and the sequel to ‘Shock Waves’ in the works. It sounds like you’ll be right in your element, author Suzanna Williams. We’ll be watching you… Thanks so much, Suzanna, for joining us today at http://www.4writersandreaders Blog. ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Outstanding SCI-FI Fantasy Series!


Meet the Author:
J. Naomi Ay

J. Naomi Ay, author of the Science Fiction/Fantasy series, The Two Moons of Rehnor

What the reviewers are saying…

”Excellent series! This author sucks you in with the depth of her characters… It is obvious that none of them are perfect, but that’s what brings you closer to them. The character of Senya is a most interesting combination of good, and what we normally think of as evil. One minute, I thought he was heartless, the next minute I changed my mind.  The Senya character is constantly evolving throughout this series. The whole series is a keeper, and worth the price.”


Welcome, Naomi. It’s great to have you with us today.
Tell us a little about you and about your life on the Pacific Coast.

I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. In fact, it probably looks a lot like your beloved Maine. I live north of the Seattle area on the Olympic Peninsula on a small bay inlet off of Puget Sound. Dungeness crab season is open again, as we speak. In fact, my husband was just out on the water today dropping pots. Hopefully, that will be our Thanksgiving dinner.


Sounds like the perfect plate to me right now!

Tell us a little about your family.

I have a husband of 27 plus years, three kids and a Pomeranian. My boys are both adults now, one just graduated from the University of Washington and the other is attending, both majoring in Engineering. Our daughter is thirteen and still in middle school; and, a budding actress.


How long have you been writing and what type of writing do you normally do?

Since kindergarten. I write Science Fiction/Fantasy. Basically, I put contemporary normal people in odd situations and surround them with futuristic and not so contemporary people. That makes the stories both interesting and humorous, I think.


Is there a specific age or demographic group that you write for, Naomi?

I thought I was writing for women of my own demographics although that has of course shifted over the years.  As I age, my characters have aged too.  I find that I get the most fan mail from women but surprisingly, men like my series as well.  I’ve had some lovely fan letters from men and my husband has become quite the cheerleader for me.  In fact, in some of my recent novellas he complained that Senya wasn’t in them enough and he isn’t doing enough cool things.  Food for thought as I craft more stories.


Can you give me a brief synopsis of your latest book and series?

The Two Moons of Rehnor series is about a very strange man who is created to be King of the planet Rehnor. The Rehnorian people have spent much of their history killing each other and so the two enemy kings finally figured out that they could stop the wars if they created a single man to rule everyone on the planet. A royal marriage was arranged and a prince was born. The prince turns out to be very different from what the two kings had imagined; and, unfortunately, bad things happen to him. The series follows him from birth to well into middle-age and is all told in first person narratives by the people around him including the love of his life — a normal, ordinary human girl from Seattle. I think what sets my series apart is that even though it focuses on Senya, nobody has a bit part. You will get very involved in the lives of people who are on the periphery of Senya’s life. I like to think of Senya as the hub and all of the other characters are spokes revolving around him.


What prompted you to write your stories?

Boredom or an undiagnosed and subsequently untreated psychological condition. Actually, I started writing the series more than twenty years ago and kept writing and rewriting it. Finally. earlier this year I decided, enough!  After releasing it and coming to the conclusion that I can’t change what’s already published, I’ve been able to actually write something else! It’s amazing how all new characters and all new story lines simply popped into my head as soon as I dumped out that one.


Do you have a favorite line from your latest book?

Yes. In Metamorphosis, book 7 in the series, Senya says:

Sometimes we need to make it snow in June so we will be thankful for normal weather.”


I’ve had that very thought myself a time or two, Naomi…

Who is your favorite character?

Senya, of course. He’s everything — amazingly beautiful, powerful, paranormal, brilliant, rich and vulnerable! (Sigh…) He also says incredibly smart things. It’s nice to channel a wise sage.


What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Originally, I wrote the whole thing in first person present tense. So for 20 years, that’s how I continued. Then I decided to self-publish and read that you shouldn’t use present tense. Uh, oh! I had to go back and change everything to past tense. Lots and lots of editing and lots and lots of mistakes, especially in the Book 1. By Book 4 and 5, I had figured it out and the stories were much cleaner.


Do you do anything besides write?

I do lots of things but the one that keeps me most busy is my sales job in the renewable energy sector.


How can my readers get a copy of your book?

Just about all of them are available at all major book and eBook retailers. Book 1, The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky is available from Amazon at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007B77U8A


What’s next for you, Naomi?

I started another series earlier in the summer called Journey to Rehnor It’s set about 1,000 years before the Two Moons of Rehnor series. Book 1, The New Planet, was released in July; and, I’m currently scrambling to finish Book 2, Aran’s Gift and release it before the holidays. In the meantime, I’m also adding more and more novellas or novelettes to my novella collection. These are about 10,000 word fill-in-the-gap stories, giving more background on some of the characters. They are quick and fun to write, and they each sell for around $1.29.

I’m not done with the Two Moons series although Senya and Katie are hitting their golden years. I think I’ve got another novel or two about them before — well before — you know….

GREAT Adult Science/Fiction Fantasy: GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

Thanks so much for joining us today, Naomi. I am certainly enjoying your books. In fact, I highly recommend your series or individual titles, which can stand alone, to readers who tend to go for contemporary and historical fiction. Your Science Fiction/Fantasy series takes readers like me on a new journey, a welcome change of pace!

Find out more about J. Naomi Ay and her books:

http://www.jnaomiay.com/

www.jnaomiay.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/jnaomiay

https://twitter.com/JNaomiAy

Author Page on Amazon: www.amazon.com/-/e/B007BN8T7K

DON’T MISS THE VIDEO PREVIEW (click the link):
The Boy who Lit up the SKY and The Two Moons of Renhor Series :

Youtube Channel for trailers:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH0P1mSV-OgUmtB8Wc2g4oA/videos?view=0

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