AuThursday – Ian William

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Author ImageTell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am a science fiction addict with a serious case of withdrawal when not reading, watching, or playing all things within the genre. I adore watching Star Trek (all the shows, from TOS to Discovery and Picard) and still remember the overwhelming sense of loss over the premature cancellation of Firefly (why Fox, why?)

For nearly a decade I worked in the UK Court Service. It was a career that came to an end when my condition (Muscular Dystrophy) made continuing impossible. I soon turned to a great love of mine as a way of retaining a sense of purpose. That love was for telling stories. So, I chose to dedicate my time to writing, and could not be happier for it.

How do you make time to write? 

The short answer is that I don’t. I make time to do other things. Writing always comes first for me. Work first, play later. Gaming is often my reward after the writing is done (Xbox all the way!)

Do you believe in writer’s block? 

Absolutely! Although I have found a way of overcoming this nuisance. My solution is to step away from a project that refuses to work and try something new. More often than not, by the time I feel ready to return to that troublesome project, sometimes years later, a fresh mind has given me the answer that I needed. The important thing is to work through it, even if what you are creating seems bad. It is the act of writing that will clear your mind of what ‘blocks’ you.

Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it. 

Sci-Fi is a genre that can travel as far and wide as anyone’s imagination can take it. The scope of this genre is what I love most about it. It is truly infinite.

How are you publishing your recent book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

This book has been published independently. So, I have had ultimate control over what is released. That includes the cover, which I created myself.

Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?  How does this affect your work? 

I am 100% an introvert! How does this affect my work? Well, I enjoy writing larger than life characters who are always striving to be the centre of attention. So, I suppose I am creating mirror opposites of myself in my fiction.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

As the great Homer J. Simpson once said

“It’s so simple to be wise… just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.”

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Love what you write. Write what you fear.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?

BookCover_The Clockmaker's Tale and other stories

Excerpt From 10,000

We lost the Earth today. Well, not physically lost it. It’s still there. In fact, I’m looking at it right now, as I write this report. No, I just mean that we’ve lost contact with it. Earth ‘went dark’ (as Test Subject #47 put it), never to see the light again. What light? You may ask. The light of a stable civilisation is the best answer I can currently offer you.

As I sit here staring at that blue marble in space, I swear I can hear the last of the bombs dropping, smell the stench of decay stretching across every continent, feel the last vibrations of warring nations. You may think I’m being overly dramatic, and you’d be mostly correct. The past ten years have been hard to bear, watching as the people who created me descended further into chaos. They gave me life, now I fight to save theirs.

Even though all communications have ceased, I will continue my work in silence. But don’t fear, dear future reader, I am not alone out here. There is another here just like me. We share this moon-based facility equally as we do our work. His name is Arthur (originally designated R4).

“Today sees you fully functional, Rachel?” Arthur greeted me with this morning. He’s trying something new today, something a little more personal than my model number; I was originally designated R8CH-L.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ian Williams is a Science Fiction writer from the UK. He lives in a small town not far from London. Ian had a short career in the UK Court Service but was forced to quit that job when his medical condition worsened. Now, from the comfort of his wheelchair, he writes the stories he has always wanted to read. His writing spans lightyears of space, to near-future Earths; from small changes to society, to entirely new civilisations.

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