Today we have author David Michael Williams with us! David, what are you working on right now?
On the heels of publishing If Souls Can Sleep, I’m spending a lot of time promoting and marketing it, since it serves as Book One of The Soul Sleep Cycle. Very soon, however, I will begin preparing Book Two, If Sin Dwells Deep, for publication. It is expected to release in fall of this year.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
In a word: discovery. It’s the same reason I love reading and books in general. When writing, I learn an awful lot about the world around me as well as about myself. For me, writing is unadulterated creativity, and I get the opportunity to exercise not only my right brain, but also my left brain in terms of research word choice, pacing, plotting, etc. And at the end of the day, I end up with a complex story populated by compelling characters.
Do you have a writing muse or favorite tunes that inspire you?
Sometimes I write in silence (like right now), but on other days, I will play music from some of the most eclectic playlists imaginable — everything from alt country and Americana to chiptunes and electronica to classical and jazz.
Describe your favorite protagonist from one of your stories. Tell us something nobody knows about them, something that’s not in your story.
Milton Baerwald, a p.o.v. character from The Soul Sleep Cycle is one of my favorites because he might not be the bravest of fellows and he might not be the most level-headed all of the time, but he’s almost always genuine. He tries to do the right thing (including using his turn signal when no one’s around…as another characters notes). He’s imperfect. He’s hounded by his past. But he perseveres.
One thing that a reader might not know about Milton is that he is gay. He more or less lives half-in and half-out of the closet, so when he is the perspective character, it’s nothing something he tends to think about. However, if you read between the lines of If Souls Can Sleep, it becomes apparent. For some readers, however, the revelation will be a surprise when it surfaces in Book Two (If Sin Dwells Deep).
Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Nope…but I usually have a Diet Mountain Dew close at hand to get the creative juices flowing.
What are you working on next?
Preparing the other two books in The Soul Sleep Cycle — If Sin Dwells Deep and If Dreams Can Die — for publication will take up a significant chunk of 2018.
I’m currently working on a collaborative project in a different medium — a new discomfort zone — but that is a secret for now. I also have had an idea for a standalone novel that’s been trying to get my attention for years. Maybe I’ll finally get around to outlining it.
Are you on social media?
What do you wish your fans knew about you?
I wish they knew how much I love to hear from them. My books — these characters and their worlds — have lived in my head for so long, it’s immensely satisfying to hear someone else talk about them and to learn other perspectives about my stories. It can be anything from chitchat to a review on Amazon. Any feedback is energizing.
Anything else you’d like to share with the readers at BookDragon?
I’m not the first person to entertain the notion of oneironauts (individuals who can psychically visit the dreams of others), but my take on “dream drifters” paints an original portrait of the relationship between life and death and the dreamscape. I’ve cobbled together a number of theories, philosophies and religious beliefs to put my own personal spin on the collective unconscious.
Things also get very “meta” in If Souls Can Sleep, as I explore what qualifies something real—including the people who populate books.
If you like your fiction weird, give the series a shot!
Thank you David! Readers, if you want to keep up with David’s writing, please visit his website at https://david-michael-williams.com