Interview with Christian fiction author D.A. Williams

Author D.A. Williams is here chatting with me
about her Christian dystopian novel December’s
It’s an upcoming release from The Crossover Alliance.
Williams is a farmer’s wife and mother above all else. She currently lives in
the Texas Panhandle with her husband and two sons, who share their home with
two dogs and two cats. It’s a veritable Noah’s Ark. She loves rare steak,
homemade sweet tea, and the arts in all forms, with a particular affinity for
writing gritty Christian fiction.
Welcome, D.A. Please tell us about
your current release.
December’s Child is a dystopian Christian novel
revolving around an 18-year-old miner named Jett, who has spent her entire
young life as a ward of the December Mining Corporation working and selling her
body to gain enough money to buy her freedom. Her plans get derailed when she
elects to train a citizen bartered by her own mother, and instead finds herself
the keeper of a secret that thrusts her into a fight for survival and for
answers. It’s a hard look at what freedom and safety mean and to what lengths
we as a society are willing to go to have them.
What inspired you to write this
morning I was watching the news, it was a day or two after a mass shooting, and
they were discussing stripping Americans of their right to bear arms. That was
the light bulb moment, for me. It made me question just how far we will take
things for safety, or the illusion of it. What freedoms we would willingly give
up, and how that would effect life as a result. It also takes a look at what it
looks like to go from believing in nothing to finding the edges of faith, which
is unusual in Christian pieces–it’s typically an all or nothing genre, so I
think even secular readers will appreciate it. It’s an evolutionary piece, and
the end result is what we have here.
What exciting story are you working
on next?
At the
moment I’m elbow deep in the first draft of what I like to call a dark “Bruce
Almighty”, a novel exploring an addict’s chance to be God for a day under the
working title “The God Wager”. It gets deeper into the Christian concepts than
“December’s Child” does.
When did you first consider yourself
a writer?
really always considered myself a writer—I can’t remember a time in my life
when I wasn’t writing. Being able to call myself an author, though, that’s
something spectacular, and it made it all seem a bit more real.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I’m a
full time mom, a full time farmer’s wife, and a ‘sometimes’ writer. When I’m on
a roll writing, I can spend a full 8 hours doing it for days at a time, and I’m
lucky to be able to do that with 2 extremely forgiving and independent boys who
can occupy themselves and don’t judge my multitasking too harshly. But most
times, if I don’t feel like writing or I’m busy, I just don’t. I’m not in the
“write every day” camp, I don’t have the chops for that. Forcing myself to
write is like throwing ingredients into a pan with no recipe and cleaning up
the ensuing disaster—I prefer to take my time and wait until I have all the
correct measurements and ingredients first, and only having to wipe down the
counter and wash a few dishes afterwards.
What would you say is your
interesting writing quirk?
outlines and first drafts are always written longhand in spiral bound
notebooks, and I can only use a Zebra brand fine point pen. If I misplace my
pen or it runs out of ink, I won’t write until it’s back in my hand and ready
to go!
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
about everything. When I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a garbage man and a
ballerina. Girl’s got to dream!
Anything additional you want to
share with the readers?
I think
they’re beautiful people. I appreciate their support, I appreciate them just
being here on this little planet doing whatever it is their doing and I want
them to know they’re fantastic. I love them, I really do.

Look for December’s Child on November 22!

Thanks for being here today, D.A.

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