Guest Author Interview – B. J. Williams

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Title: Bell Bottom High: Book 3 Junior Jewels

Genre: Teen/Young Adult Fiction

Synopsis: Another drama unfolds at Bell Bottom High as Reecy Jones turns sixteen years old during the 1975-76 school year and is allowed to start dating. However, her life gets turned upside down after going out on a group date with her classmates. What happens next could change her life forever. Reecy is struggling to maintain her dignity with a little help from her friends.

Always known as a good girl, can Reecy save her tainted reputation and finish up the school year with her head held high?

B. J. Williams, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is B. J. Williams. B. J. writes in a variety of genres. Welcome to my blog, B. J.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

BJW: Yes, this is Book 3: Junior Jewels in the Bell Bottom High series, which is set in the seventies.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? 

BJW: My ideas have come from just living and observing everyday life. However, this particular series is loosely based on my teenage years during the seventies.

CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept? 

BJW: No, I don’t have a standard formula for plots. Stories normally come to me in pieces and eventually, those pieces become a whole manuscript.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate? 

 BJW: No, it wasn’t hard coming up with believable situations because some of the events in this book actually happened. I’m just not at liberty to say which ones. But yes, I elaborated on the real-life issues that occurred during that time.

CH: Where did you get the idea for this series? 

BJW: The idea came years ago when I first thought about writing a young adult series. I knew that I didn’t want to write anything set in modern times, because it wouldn’t be authentic. So, a friend suggested that I focus on my teenage era, and it sounded good to me.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your teenage characters? 

BJW: I got the inspiration from these teenage characters from my childhood friends and relatives. Although, some of the real people are combined into one sensationalized character.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

BJW: Well, my favorite character to write has to be the main character, Reecy Jones. She’s a lot like me, but we do have our differences.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

BJW: The hardest character to write was probably the grandmother, because she was a special person in the book.

CH: How much of your leading character is based on you? 

BJW: Well, some of the main character, Reecy, is definitely based on me. I would say that it could be fifty-one percent or maybe more.

CH: Is there a message in this novel that you want the readers to grasp? 

BJW: Yes, I, basically, want the young readers to experience how life and situations were handled back then, compared to now. And I want mature readers to enjoy reliving what they experienced in the seventies.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your teen/young adult writing style? 

 BJW: I think my series is different because it is set in the seventies which is a time that hasn’t been highlighted a lot in the young adult genre. I also think it’s exciting for that same reason, because my writing style is very descriptive. The books are written in first-person, so readers feel the experiences as they’re reading.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then? Which book in the series was hardest to write? 

BJW: Yes, I knew it would be a series before I started writing the first book. I wanted each one to focus on a different year of high school and unique situations. The last book was probably the hardest to write, because I had to remember what was in the previous books and not make it too repetitive.

CH: You’ve written several books in various genres. What contributes to your success as a writer? 

 BJW: I believe writing what’s in my heart is one thing that makes me successful as an author. Everything that I’ve written has been based on my experiences or those around me, so they are believable and well-written. I also have a dynamic team of editors and beta readers, which contributes to my success.

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey? 

BJW: The most exciting thing to happen to me on my publishing journey has been the honor of attending conferences across the nation and meeting some of my all-time favorite authors.

CH: You’ve written in a lot of genres, what is your favorite genre to write? 

BJW: My favorite genre to write in is still contemporary romance. I just wanted to see if I could step outside the box and be successful at something else.

CH: What type of feedback are you receiving from readers? 

BJW: So far, the feedback has been phenomenal. My faithful readers are loving the walk down memory lane. One happy reader has even made up a playlist on each book and placed it on YouTube…That just blew me away.

CH: Are there any writing projects in progress? What can we expect next from you? 

BJW: Right now, I don’t have any writing projects in progress, but I have lots of ideas for more romance and young adult books. So, I can’t say what to expect from me next, because I haven’t decided yet. But if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll be one of the first people to know.

 CH: How to Find B. J. Williams:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold? 

 BJW: All of my published books are available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, but they can be requested from any bookstore.

CH: Any closing remarks?

BJW: I just want to thank the readers who have supported me over the years, as well as, my new readers with this series. I love reading reviews and hearing from them (readers). They can contact me anytime, especially on social media or email at: amanipublishing@aol.com Thanks for the interview, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, B. J. Williams, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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    • Tera, I am so glad that you enjoyed B. J. Williams interview. I love bringing a variety of authors to my audience. You should subscribe to the blog to get the blog posts on a regular basis. Thanks so much.

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