Author Interview: Sandra Lynn Williamson

Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

Of course, like many writers, Stephen King inspired me greatly. I’m of the Gen X generation and read his book when I was about sixteen. It changed my world.

How did you come up for the title of your book?

My friend and editor, Barbara Huffert helped come up with the title. I knew it had to be Alaskan something…she suggested Alaskan Escape. It was perfect.

How long did it take to write this book?

I think the first draft was about 9 months. All in all, it took about a year to get to publication.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Alaskan Escape is my sixth book, as I had four published over a decade ago. It’s also my favorite as writing the book was a cathartic experience. Not to mention, I loved my MC. She was triumphant in the end and that felt amazing to give her a HEA.  

How much research did you need to do for your book?

This book required a lot of research as I’ve never actually been to Alaska, though it is on my bucket list. If it hadn’t of been for my son sharing his vast knowledge of fishing and guiding in Alaska, I’d have been lost.

What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

My best piece of advice is don’t stop to edit as you write your first draft. You want to get the story down, and you can edit later. Just get it from your imagination to the page.  

What is the best money you’ve ever spent regarding your writing?

I was able to purchase Vellum and a Mac with my son’s assistance. I can put out a professionally looking formatted book and that means the world to me as an indie author.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in my twenties when I decided I wanted to write a book. I was told I couldn’t just sit down and write a book, so of course, that’s exactly what I did out of spite. It was terrible, and I realized I had a lot to learn. I attended writer’s conferences in Colorado Springs, and Dallas, and took online classes, as well as classes at a community center. I also joined a writer’s group for a time. It was then that I realized I was hooked. 

What was the hardest scene to write, and why?

The hardest scene to write in Alaskan Escape was the ending. No spoilers. I wanted to get it right.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

I was told once to never give up. I quit writing for years. I was in a black hole of writer’s block and depression. It took me a long time to climb out of it and I can finally see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Never give up. Keep plucking away.