Thursday, September 3, 2015

What Are You Working On ... K. Williams?

After a brief hiatus while I enjoyed the coastal beauty of central California, this blog series continues. Today I pleased to invite K. Williams to share her story.
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, K. Williams has enjoyed a now twenty year career in writing. K attended the State University of New York at Morrisville, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany (home of the New York State Writer’s Institute) gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art.

In 2014, K completed the MALS program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. K continues to write and is working on the novels of the Trailokya Trilogy, a work that deals with topics in Domestic Violence and crosses the controversial waters of organized religion and secularism. A sequel to OP-DEC is in the research phase, while the adaptation is being shopped to interested film companies.

Connect with K on Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, Twitter, and on her photography and writing DeviantArt profiles.


What are you working on now is a loaded question. An author’s job is never done. I remember a continuing thread in college around discussions of editing and how the greats handled the process. Nuances of the same can be found in memes. Looking back, I don't know many writers who weren’t simmering several pots, completing concoctions, and presenting goods—all at once.

This fall, I turn from reading to research. I’m not certain I will use any of my findings, but I need to start somewhere. My focus is the economic struggles during the period of the East India Company’s (EIC) operation. As usual, the work is social justice focused, social stratification and all that happens to those caught in the mill.

This spring, I finished the sequel to OP-DEC. There are two scenes to smooth out yet. Letting the work sit while I move on ensures fresh eyes. Then, there is the matter of further Trailokya books, my fantasy/scifi series. Readers won’t see the sequel until 2018 and EIC will arrive even later. Why so long? Development, editing and other work will take months. Tack on design and marketing, and we're at mid-2017. I haven’t written anything for EIC, so you see it coming in 2019.

It’s amazing how much goes into a book! But, there won’t be a lull between works. I planned these delays. Why go through that? Planning a couple lulls gives needed space to put out new content, and still have time to live and craft effectively.

That said, these things take a life of their own. The best planning must carry soft dates. Any step on the track can fall apart: missing research, writer’s block, no editor, or rejection by the publisher. Whatever happens, a delay is fine as it gives time to improve. Embrace that time positively: work on the next thing. I’m never planning just my next book.

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