T.N. describe yourself for our visitors.
I am the author of three bestselling novels in the Christian genre. I love God and I love writing. I have met so many people dealing with hard issues that feel nobody understands. I like to touch those that others may ignore because they are tainted or jaded. I choose not to be judgmental, or at least I try not to be. I believe being different in my perspective is my purpose. I also probably have read several thousand books which does aid my ability to write. I’m very much a homebody, so I have to motivate myself to handle the marketing tasks cause promotions is a big deal in this industry. I can say that I absolutely love meeting book clubs and individuals that are avid readers. I have had some of the most interesting conversations while I was at a bookstore for a signing.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I talk to God in my car, at my desk, in the morning and at night. I acknowledge him as much as I can daily no matter where I am at. When I am critical I ask God to empower me to be wiser and more compassionate and a source he can be proud of.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Yesterday, I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant, Temptations of Ambivalence by June Jordan, Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I kinda fell into publishing. I had began writing my debut novel, but kept putting it down for other responsibilities. I submitted four chapters of my novel without having an expectation that I would be signed with a major publisher. When I was contacted by an editor weeks later I was overjoyed and shocked. I had heard about the rejection letters many writers had faced trying to get published and it was a blessing that I didn’t have to endure that. The interest from Urban Books amped me to finish the novel.
Tell us about your current book.
Peace of Me is a sequel to my debut novel Something On The Inside and although it is a continuation to a story yet it is more centered around a young girl that disappeared a few years ago. The novel is also about trying to deal with other people’s stuff…problems…situations when your own life is in disarray. It is about having some kind of spirituality or closeness to God during the storms of life.
What influenced you to write this book?
I saw a row of missing child posters when I was in Wal-mart one morning and it struck me how many people disappear each year. How often people assume a teenager is a runaway and investigations fall to the side. I decided to tie that in with my first novel, Something On the Inside because there was a pedophile, Khalil, wreaking havoc on his family in that first story and thought it would be interesting to see how Khalil affects or manipulates others outside of his family.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
I actual like Alicia. She is bold, abrupt and very realistic. I like that no holds barred personality. It was important to me that I show a character that was temperamental and strongly opinionated, but that also struggled with major obstacles. I don’t believe in perfect Christianity so I needed someone inherently imperfect…someone who was not prayed up to have a bold voice in the story. Alicia is who she is. Take her or leave her. Plus she realizes that she needs to be better and do better, but she is going to do it at her own pace.
What’s next for you?
I am writing my fourth novel, Quiets Kept, which is a suspense. It doesn’t fall into the Christian Fiction category, but I believe fans will love the story.
Where can visitors find you online?
My website is www.tnwilliams.com. I can also be reach by my name on Facebook.