Interview by Billy Roper of author Kyle Williamson.
1. Kyle, your books are different from a lot of mainstream fiction which has glutted the market recently. How would you describe them to new readers?
In my opinion “main stream fiction” has a lot of filler, and is stagnant in many ways. That is why netflix and other television or web shows are being watched while books are slipping away.
New readers don’t just have the one option of reading my books. Even though not written in the first person narrative, the reading climbs aboard the main character. Living the book, experiencing what they experience. The feelings, emotions, good times and bad.
It is not simply a book the reader picks up to “read”. It is an adventure the reader commits to, and goes on. Not only happy when finished, eager for another to go on. The reader is relaxed much like a mini vacation without leaving where you are at.
2. In fact, your writing process is pretty unique, as you’ve discussed before. What is it, do you think, about your approach to dialogue and plot revelation which draws people in to your stories?
My writing style is easily described, my approach isn’t for everyone. My approach to dialogue and plot revelation are as I said not for everyone. What makes them special is also what draws people to my work. Simply put I do not plan that much at all. I begin with a vague initial idea then my books take off. Much like the saying by Michelangelo “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” I flip that quote a bit to be something like this. “Every book is already written in your head, the ideas are there. It is yours hands job to write or type it out for the world to see and read.”
My style is one of simplest, yet most complex because I do not use chapters (except in non fiction) nor outlines, I begin with a initial over view. Then let the ideas pour our, my characters and scenes talk to me telling me what they want…it’s not about the writer (being me in this case) it’s about their world, what they have going on. I am just the scribe documenting what they say and do.
3. Which of your books have been most popular so far, and please tell us a bit about its plot.
To date my most popular four books are Dimensional Invasion; Extermination Level Event: Can Humanity Survive; Days of Futures Past; & Ana-Marie’s Inn?
The most successful to date of them is Ana-Marie’s Inn? Which is a limb I stepped out on to test the waters so to speak into the paranormal and haunting…which I had not done prior nor have I tried since.
In this work a senior high school class trip to Romania leads a group into forbidden realms. A girl approaches RJ once he is asked to leave a cave upon breaking a bone of a ancient person’s body. She takes a liking to RJ, which her father doesn’t like. RJ soon finds Ana Marie is a dream of the ancient past that now he is caught in. switching from time with Ana Marie to time with his class RJ is trapped inside a story his teacher told the class about a curse. The end to this curse means someone will die, does RJ break the loop of the curse and live? Does he die to keep the curse alive for future generations? Is Ana Marie actually real…soon he finds out when visiting her home which had been vacant for centuries.
The curse, loop is thought to have been broken on a plane back to their home town…until something begins attacking RJ Miller…is it a ghost, a curse or is it his imagination?
In Extermination level Event: Can Humanity Survive a exceptionally bright teen who’s already went through college watches his father be blown up by a meteor, his mother and his girlfriend’s mother enveloped and incinerated by super heated tornados.
Zach must work with his much older than him peers in his field of study to try to stop a ELE. Thwarted at every turn because of his age, Zach’s terminal medical condition calls for him to leave after millions had been killed. Saving his friend Zach is killed when the others turn to his cousin for help.
Ryan, Zach’s cousin battles trying to keep up with the changes only to find the storms preceding the ELE are caused by something on Earth supposedly contained by his own government. Ryan must fight immense forces to try to save what is left of mankind…can he do it or is it too late for everyone?
4. Do you have nay new titles in the works for the future?
Yes I do have new books in production now. There are times I multi task on several books at one time to keep my mind occupied yet fresh. One idea spawns others for other books, where I can jot the notes down or go into detail.
Titles usually come last or at least close to when I am done. That being said I am working on a sequel to my first non fiction book Our World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow the sequel has yet to be titled and is roughly half way done (I say roughly because the book tells me when it is finished ala the sculptor with the statue). The others I am working on are fiction. A sequel to America Once Again Doomed and a sequel to The League of One. Both as yet untitled, the sequel to The League of One is closer to being done than the others at this point.
At times I begin several books within a month, get a few pages into them then leave them for a while. Come back after finishing another, re read it and continue. The saying “the hardest part of writing is beginning a new book” doesn’t apply that way since they are already started.
What others may see as scrapped material, even if it’s as little as two pages can always be turned into a masterpiece. Even if those two pages do not make much sense, if a inspiring idea is there…you have a starting point.
5. Where can people find your books? Are they available online, or any websites?
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