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Soon they find they have several things in common: lonely childhoods, a passion for music, and making unpopular choices about their own lives. The public cannot take
A Song Apart revolves around two young people from distinct backgrounds who choose to follow their hearts rather than their peers and find a greater reward at the end of their paths.
Unfortunately, the other kids weren't surprised. In fact, they were downright offended and often reminded me as much. The worst of it came in junior high school, when the entire grade hated my guts without knowing why. Looking back on it, though, I should've thanked those kids for giving me all that attention.
I realized I could write in seventh grade when our English teacher asked us to write an essay about a famous woman. Since I loved pop music, I chose Roberta Flack as my essay subject, but I was out sick the day after I handed it in. When I went back the following Monday, a girl in my class said "Gee, thanks, Jeff. We all really wanted to hear about Roberta Flack." It seemed the teacher was so impressed with my essay, he read it to the class, and my classmates had yet another reason to consider me persona non grata.
My so-called "bad reputation" followed me to high school. Suffice it to say Graduation was the happiest day of my life.
I live in
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Twelve-year-old Archimedes is that person. He is blessed by Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, with extensive knowledge of science, mechanics, and medicine. He has to tread carefully when he applies the cold logic of Greek science in a sultry, mystical world of Egyptian culture. But when an ancient scroll puts him on the path of the killer, it also brings another god back from the dead. Now Archimedes is going to need Athena's war skills.
The idea was always in my head since I started teaching ancient
civilizations. I knew students could get bored reading just fact after
fact in a textbook. They were so dry. What I wanted to write was an
interesting story to capture and hold my students’ attention, but also
included information about ancient Greece and Egypt.
Why did you pick Archimedes as the protagonist?
Archimedes makes a perfect hero first, because he really was perhaps the
greatest scienctist in the ancient world, and second, because he did
travel to Alexandria, Egypt to study and Alexandria at the time is the
greatest and most vibrant city in the ancient world. So the book has a
great premise to start with.
What was the most difficult part of writing the book?
As any historical fiction writer can attest, it is the amount of
research that goes into writing a well-crafted but accurate story. A
fantasy book can just make up a magic wand to save the hero; or a
realistic fiction doesn’t have to explain to the reader what a car is.
Just making the food and setting accurate is a lot of work, not to
mention all the research on Alexander the Great.
Who is your favorite author?
Easily Charles Dickens. His twists and interesting characters kept me
glued to his stores. I tried to do some of the things he does with his
stories and Pollux, one of Archimedes’ antagonists, is modeled after
Dickens’ bad guys.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Zip passed by the playground; it was empty. Dead leaves crowded against the fence all around the playground as if trying to escape. He knew how they felt as he had felt the same thing so many times. Someone had forgotten a book. It lay on the ground. The wind turned its pages as though it was reading them. Zip wondered what the title of the book was and then wondered why it mattered. It was abandoned, just like he was.
Wind whipped a piece of white notebook paper into the fence and held it there as if it were another child watching him, wondering where he was going, why he was free, why he didn’t have any rules to follow today.
He did have rules, he wanted to shout. Not easy ones like sitting in a classroom listening, trying to follow the rules of classroom. Be quiet, listen and repeat. No, his rules had changed. Now, they were watch your back, check that dumpster for food or clothing, grab what you can to eat and wear. Things weren’t as easy as they were in school, safe, at least, for part of the day. The swings creaked as if they understood, yet they seemed to laugh at him, mocking him that he couldn’t just walk in and ride them to imaginary places. He wouldn’t do that anymore, anyway. Pretend was for babies, not for homeless teenagers.
Best-Selling, Award winning Mystery/Suspense author Billie A Williams is a fiction, non-fiction and poetry author and has won numerous contests for her short/flash fiction stories, essays, and poetry. Currently she has over two dozen books published. She is published in various magazines such as the literary magazine Thema; Guide, a Magazine for Children, Novel Advice.com, Writing Etc. WritingNow.com, and Women In The Arts newsletter as well as Sister’s in Crime, to list but a few.
Williams is currently a member of The Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (WRWA) Sister’s in Crime, Women in the Arts Program, , Pen Writer's Org., Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI) and Children’s Book Insider, and the Children Writers Coaching Club, Working Writers Club. Visit her at her website www.billieawilliams.com or sign up for her Newsletter The Mystery Readers Connection at http://www.themysteryconnection.com . Visit her blog at http://printedwords.blogspot.com