Featured Interview With Paul Williams
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and I just started college there, but I am planning on transferring to an art school after two years. I don’t have any pets, though I have wanted cat recently. Cats and I are both lazy, don’t really like people, and just do our own thing, so I think we would get along well.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Books really grabbed me around third grade, when I read Percy Jackson and the lightning thief. Before then, however, I had a lot of trouble with reading, I even had a school assigned tutor, who I thank a lot for my development in English.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I live for fantasy, and the ways you can explore real world concepts in such an abstract way that’s so fun to analyze. I like the typical authors, like J.K Rowling, and George RR Martin, they really influenced my writing, but I’m also inspired by video games. Particularly Final Fantasy 10, I found the story and character dynamics so interesting, and I learned about novel writing through a visual/sensory medium, which I think can tell us a lot about unconventional, yet effective writing techniques.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, Isanan’s Web, is a young adult fantasy. The book features a fourteen year old boy, Angelo taking a trip to a city called Sraff for a special celebration, however sinister forces are lurking beneath the surfaces, and he comes in contact with the looming shadows of a secret war, and mysteriously powerful ancient forces hidden in plain sight. The book explored emotion based magic, and how we can deal with our emotions to get the most out of life, and how it affects those around us. It also questions nationalism, and the struggles we face as a youth in a growing political world. Angelo and his friends Cara, Vince and Ember are the main characters, and they all are equally important to the development of the themes. The book took me all of high school to bring to completion, and it was a huge struggle to manage, but It was all worth it when I got my book into the school library senior year.
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