Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Title Magic Welcomes ATV Finalist Qaey Williams

Today is our second interview with a American Title V finalist. I’d like to welcome Qaey Williams to Title Magic to tell us a little about herself and her finaling entry a Romantic Suspense, In A Lover’s Silence.

HST: Thanks for joining us today on Title Magic, Qaey. Can you tell us where you’re from?

QW: I currently live in Raleigh, NC, but I've lived in 4 other states before coming here.

HST: Can you give us a quick 100 words or so blurb about the story?

QW: Wynne Smith is a bill collector in Anchorage, Alaska. Seth Vassar is a Deputy US Marshal in Dallas, Texas. A single phone call triggers an investigation which will uncover a serial killer, put Wynne directly in the murderer's path, and ignite a passion between her and Seth that will shine brighter than the Northern Lights. All Seth has to do is keep one step ahead of the quirky woman and protect her from the suspect she's determined to track down.

HST: What an interesting place to set a romantic suspense. What was your reaction when you found out you've finaled?

QW: OMFG! Sorry, but ironically, I didn't get around to reading the congratulations email until AFTER one of the HCRW members announced I'd made the list on our chapter loop. Once I'd taken it in, it took me a solid week before I actually believed what was happening.

HST: What is the major conflict in your story?

QW: Wynne's determination to find and save the killer's next victim before he can strike, and Seth's equal determination to keep her from putting herself in harm's way.

HST: I know you’ve written a number of books as you have some epublished. When did you finish In A Lover’s Silence?

QW: This is actually a third rewrite of the original story, but the second manuscript I completed. Since finishing IALS (In a Lover's Silence) I've gone on to complete two more full-length manuscripts (one of which was rewritten about 20 times before I finally got it correct--LOL) and two novellas.

HST: What kind of books do you like to read?

QW: It depends on my mood and just how long I've been reading a specific genre. Mostly, I read romance, erotic romance, and romantic suspense. I do like paranormals (vamps and weres, of course) Who are your auto-buy authors? Too many to count. Ebooks: Jennifer Cole, Cameron Dane, Cassandra Gold, Tess McCall, LA Day, Brenda Bryce, Lynn Lorenz, Trista Ann Michaels (see told you there were a lot). Print books: Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsay, Claudia Dain, Emilie Rose, Marcia Collette, Sabrina Jeffries (again, too many to go through)

HST: You have some of my favorite authors on your list. What was your biggest inspiration for this story?

QW: A credit bureau report that had too many names and different social security numbers. (Seriously.)

HST: What is it you like most and admire about your heroines?

QW: They can take care of themselves and are just as alpha as my heroes.

HST: What type of heroes are your favorite to write?

QW: Alpha males but willing to work in partnership with the women they admire, respect, and love.

HST: How did you come up with the secondary characters in you finaling entry?

QW: I have to admit I actually have a few friends who appear in the book (they know who they are and are okay with it).

HST: I bet your friends will have fun looking for themselves in the excerpts. Writing Romantic Suspense requires a detailed plot. Do you plot your books out in advance or fly by the seat of your pants?

QW: Both. I tend to write by the seat of my pants, but if I run into a block I try to outline the next steps for the story.

HST: Do you write to silence, or are you one of those writers who likes to take her laptop to the local coffee shop for some background noise?

QW: Depends on the scene I'm writing and just how "chatty" my characters are with me.

HST: Who is your muse?

QW: I haven't the foggiest idea! If I did I'd find her weakness and start bribing her with it--lol.

HST: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

QW: Read, watch forensic science programs, and deal with the frustration of my day job. I also spend a great deal of time chatting on-line promoting the two (soon to be three) books I've published through Loose Id, LLC. The ebooks are erotic romances I released under my pen name: Qwillia Rain, and I really enjoy hearing from the readers who've purchased my books.

Thank you so much for telling us about In A Lover’s Silence. Lots of luck in the contest.

If you would like to find out more about Qaey, writing under the pen name Qwillia Rain, please check out the website she shares with fellow writer, Jennifer Cole. www.freewebs.com/clubdiabloblanco

Please join us again tomorrow when Lexie interviews Tamara Hughes


Helen Scott Taylor said...

Qaey, thank you so much for being our second interviewee this week. Your book sounds great. I especially like the Alaskan setting. Lots of luck in the voting rounds.

Edie said...

Qaey, great interview! Fun to see Marcia Colett's name on your buy list! She's a friend of mine.

FYI, my muse takes chocolate bribes. *g*

Lexie O'Neill said...

Welcome! Best of luck with the voting!
And thanks for joining us here at Title Magic...

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Qaey, your heroines and heroes sound similar to mine.
Wow, I know 'of' some of the authors you spoke about. Lynn Lorenz is also a Liquid Silver author, for example.
Small e-pubbing world, eh?
Congrats on your success!
And best of luck.

Tamara Hughes said...

Qaey, great interview! Your Alaskan setting sounds intriguing.

Evonne Wareham said...

Welcome to Title Magic - and to Edie as well, from yesterday. Great to hear how different all the books are. We have some interesting locations - Alaska, Florence, Wales!

Mai Christy Thao said...

Welcome to TM, Qaey! I think I remember this story on the HCRW synopsis/query loop. I wouldn't forget an awesome blurb like that one! Love the premise, and I love how you got your idea for the story. Who would have thought to think of the credit bureau report?

I saw the shout out to fellow HCRW members in your authors list. *grin*

Best of luck in the contest!

Tess MacKall said...


How wonderful that you're a finalist. I'm so thrilled for you. It could not have happened to a more deserving person.

Your blurb sounds absolutely intriguing. I love the sound of your characters.

You're a wonderful writer and only great things are in your future. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you!

Big Hug,

Qwillia Rain said...

Thank you Helen, Mai, Lexie, and Savannah for letting me hang out today.
Sorry it was so long to comment, but day job interfered and I'm still trying to clear up emails.
I loved writing this story, especially since it was originally written in Alaska (I lived there from 1992-2003) and one of these centuries I'll get myself a US Marshal like Seth--LOL

Qwillia Rain said...

Thank you, I love Gabriel and I consider it a great honor to have you think my writing is so good.

Can't wait for your next book.

Qwillia Rain said...

Edie, Evvonne, and Tamara,
Thank you for the support. I really feel privileged to be amongst all you here. And I'm really looking forward to the next interviews!
(Sagging in chair, glad to be out of the spotlight now!)

Kissa Starling said...

I love the Alaskan setting. Great interview! So much blackmail ...um, I mean interesting information! hee hee Just kidding. Congratulations on this great honor.


Deb Marlowe said...

Great interview, Qaey! We have family in Alaska and I love to see it as a location.

Hope you are all geared up for the madness of Title Magic! You guys are all so brave! Looking forward to the voting...

Petrina Green said...

Great interview, Qaey!

I'm hoping to see your book on the shelf at my local
B & N in the very near future. ..Love the blurb.

See you in December at the HCRW Christmas party.


Trish Milburn said...

I'm dreadfully late posting a comment here, but I wanted to say welcome to the land of AT finalists, Qaey. And cool about the Alaska connection. I just finished a YA novel set in Alaska, and I loved writing about that setting.

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