JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Karen Williams, author of Sweet Giselle
Giselle thinks she has the perfect life. Things change when her husband’s seedy dealings get her kidnapped by a drug dealer, who is hell-bent on revenge.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Sweet Giselle?
Karen Williams: A lot of my fans were asking for a sequel to my first novel, Harlem On Lock. I didn’t do a sequel because, knowing me, I would end up killing off characters my fans loved.
So with this story, I wanted to write within the same voice as my first book and give it the same feel, but a different story. I also wanted the novel to be sexy, and it is. The characters are ultra sexy.
JP: What sets Sweet Giselle apart from other books in the same genre?
KW: I have always been known to have twists and turns in my stories. One practice of mine has always been to keep my readers on their toes until the very end. When you think the conflict is gone and there’s is resolution, I throw a curve ball that readers never see coming.
I also try to convey a message to my readers that they can connect to in their world. One thing I always say is that in my works, I’m either making a statement or asking a question.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Sweet Giselle getting out to the public?
KW: I think it is important to have discipline and consistency and always a desire to produce quality work. I never really get comfortable as an author. With each book, I strive to show growth and step it up.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Sweet Giselle?
KW: When I was in college, I took a script writing class. In the class, my professor taught us this simple trick to outline our scripts. It was called, “Beats”. For every scene in the script, we were to write one line describing what happened in that scene.
I use this trick to outline my novel. It has always worked for me. It is simple and is my guide as I write. I always write ideas down because you ever know what it will blossom into.
Some of my novels started with one line. Once the story is developed completely, I start writing. I can write a book in a month to two months. It all depends on my inspiration.
JP: What’s next for Karen Williams?
KW: I am working on another story. It will be released in 2013. I also am in the process of converting one of my novels into a movie script.
I wanted to say thank you to all my fans for all your support. Love you guys!!!