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An intereview with Derek Williams, author of Waking Lazarus

D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector. In his latest novel, Waking Lazarus he has written an epic global adventure filled with riveting characters and page turning twists and turns. Think Jason Bourne meets Homeland.

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I’m deathly afraid of needles. With all the travelling I’ve done in my life you’d think I would be used to it. But even now when I go to have blood drawn, I’ll warn the nurse that there’s a chance I might pass out. My worst nightmare was getting six shots in one day before I left for a trip to Africa.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

One occupational hazard is that you’re always thinking about the story. Early mornings, late nights, weekends, and sometimes when you’re supposed to be doing other things. If you’re onto a story that finds it’s groove then that’s all you’re thinking about. Characters. Plot. Twists. Turns. Developing those aspects doesn’t only happen when you sit down to write. In fact, before I write a single word in a chapter I run through the scene in my imagination over and over again. Some might call it daydreaming, but I call it working.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Writing is a journey that leads us into the valleys as we strive to climb the mountain. I would say for any writer the challenge is to live out the 3 P’s: Passion. Purpose. Productivity. Passion is what gives you the endurance to keep going. If you love to write, then you write whether you become a bestselling author or not. It’s part of your DNA. It’s something you’ll do no matter who might end up reading your creation. But passion without purpose leaves you without clear goals or direction. Know where you want to end up in six months, a year, or five years from now. Know what drives your passion for writing. Know the genre where you want to build an audience. Passion and defining your purpose allows your writing to become more productive. Set a writing schedule to start and finish your novel, and then do it! Finishing a novel is the hardest part of the journey. But with each story you finish, you’ll discover what makes your writing and storytelling unique.

How do you remain sane while working?

Sometimes I’m not sure I do. I guess it depends on where I’m at with a story. At the beginning, I’m pulling my hair out trying to find the right hook. When I’m in the weeds of the book I question if it’s all coming together. Always in the process there’ll be something that happens that brings the pieces together. Then I ride the wave as the characters come to life, and the mystery leaves me on the edge of my seat. That’s when the pace picks up in my writing. Finally, as I near the last chapters of the story I’m fighting to find the perfect ending, the big payoff. I think a little insanity is good to write a story that will leave readers wanting more.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. My reason is that she endured years of writing a series she loved, and the result was an epic story that reached the world. That is a goal I’m still aspiring to achieve.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Nothing like a good Pinot Noir or Cabernet to set the mood.


waking lazarusWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Derek and his BOOK?

You can find  in Waking Lazarus in paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Derek on his website here: https://djwilliamsbooks.com/



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