Johns River local and author, Kerri Williams, certainly does, and her happy ending is an exciting new beginning as she prepares to launch her debut novel - ‘Taking Back His Widow’, to be followed in October by her second novel ‘Nudging Cupid’.
Fed up with all the bad news (the GFC, murder, extortion, tragedy) Kerri set about making some good news.
‘’Did you know that during the global financial crisis, the romance genre was the only one to actually increase its sales of books, Kerri told us.
“When times are bad, stories with happy endings make the perfect escape.’’
Romance fiction is estimated to generate $A1.31 billion in sales each year and a 2008 survey showed that 74.8 million people around the world read at least one romance novel in that year. Now readers who enjoy a little romance, suspense and a happy ending can escape into Kerri’s world - a world inspired by a hometown nestled between majestic mountains and sparkling seashores.
Writing on and off since she was sixteen, when Kerri met and later married the love of her life, she also has two beautiful daughters who have supported her publication dream. Kerri joins a growing number of mid-north NSW authors putting our own piece of paradise on the map.
‘Taking Back His Widow’ is officially launched globally this week. Locals can meet Kerri, who will be signing books and chatting about her writing experiences, Saturday 24th September, 10.00 am at the Laurieton Library.
For more information check out www.kerri-williams.com
Being a romance writer a far more difficult task than most people commonly assume. Sleepless nights can meld into frustrating days as plot lines develop, characters come and go in your head, and you realise that you're actually living a kind of double life!
Johns River has one of these writers of romance, our own Kerri Williams of Johns River Road, who spent many months piecing together her latest novel, "Taking Back His Widow"
Released just last month by Eternal Press, the novel centres around Livinia Jacobs, newly widowed in a little coastal town in Queensland. Kerri has written a clever plot line in a break taking new love story. Here’s a brief synopsis:
“When Livinia grudgingly ran from the love of her life with his child in her womb into the arms of another man, she never thought she’d see Dean Stone again.
“Eleven years later as a widow, her past comes back to haunt her. Livinia was completely aware of her lack of control in Dean’s presence. Heck; that was half the attraction in the first place, but her secret kept her feet firmly on the ground and her heart guarded from the once youthful dream of a future with him.
“Dean forgot the most important thing of all about Livinia, she was his addiction. Ten minutes with her and he was craving her touch again, wanting to hold her, to feel her soft naked skin against his, to kiss those supple, pink lips.
“But can he forgive her and prove to her he’s no longer the scared boy he once was, but now the man she needed him to be.”
It's a good read and a solid debut for our local author, and Kerri has certainly put Johns River on the map in the romance novel world. See our website for helpful links to find out more, at johnsriver.com.au/kerri
At the RWA Blog, we’re always excited to interview a debut author, and today we have Kerri Williams with her debut novel, Taking Back His Widow.
Tell us about your call (or email) story. How did you find out you were going to be published?
I remember after I had submitted it and was told it would be a five week turn around- which is amazingly fast in the publishing world- at first I was checking my emails with anticipation twice a day and then slowly once a day to every couple and so on until I put it to the back of my mind. Then one day within I think about three weeks I received an email; my heart raced and I yelled for hubby, crossed my fingers and opened it to find that EP wanted the whole ms.
Well that was huge, my first novel and it wasn’t a straight out knock back. Within the next couple of weeks I had decided not to get my hopes up and when the email came I took a huge breath and this time didn’t yell for hubby because frankly, I thought it would be a polite rejection- instead I was gladly offered a contract.
Lol, didn’t I yell for him then and literally jump out of my chair and bounce around the room. That night I was to face the next major decision- who to call first and share my news. Lol.
How long have you been writing? Is TBHW your first manuscript?
I’ve been dabbling since I was sixteen after I met my husband. Taking Back His Widow was not my first attempt but was my first completed and fully edited ms. I wrote Taking Back His Widow in 2008 during the 50k in 30day challenge affiliated with RWA (God Bless their cotton socks).
It’s amazing how much you can write under pressure. We all say write, write, write and edit later- Taking Back His Widow is evidence that the concept works.
What inspired you to write this story?
I actually aimed Taking Back His Widow for HQN but it didn’t quite fit the ‘recipe’ As for the inspiration: it may come from watching a movie or reading a book but this one was inspired by the many HQN books I read while I lived in QLD in Tin Can Bay- a small fishing town on the coast. It was beautiful and we miss it so much.
When you write do you hear your characters, or do you visualise the scenes like a movie?
More like a movie, I can see it all- the scene, the characters. Hear them and watch their reactions and so on. It helps tell a good story.
Which authors and/or books have influenced your writing?
Ooh, that’s trick for me. I read all genres and have to be careful because I am very easily influenced and that is a rotten habit when you need to be consistent and want your story to flow with your one voice.
I was a HQN junky there for a while. I would read a thriller (Karin Slaughter or Patricia Cornwell) and then need to read a dozen romance novels. Now I read everything and love almost anything that contains a little romance. I’m a true sucker for romance.
What’s next for Kerri Williams, Author?
I dream of the day I can quit my day job in Target. I have just subbed a new ms to EP and am awaiting news (patiently checking my emails, lol) but thankfully I’ve been busy with the launch of this one. I’m also in the middle of a WIP which I love. It’s a romantic suspense.
But right now, I’m enjoying the ride of Taking Back His Widow.
IF you have a love of reading then the Port Macquarie Library is the place to be on Valentine’s Day.
Two events will be hosted tomorrow with both featuring morning tea celebrations.
At 10am the National Year of Reading will be discussed followed by the launch of a brand new romance and suspense tome at noon.
Nudging Cupid is the second novel of Johns River author Kerri Williams.
“Reading books is great escapism and it’s no expensive,” Mrs Williams said. "In fact, while sales overall in the publishing industry are down, the romance genre continues to soar in both traditional print and e-books.”
The author will speak about her love of writing which began as a teenager and her goal to incorporate “everything beautiful” about the Hastings into her books.
Copies of Nudging Cupid will be available to be signed by the author.
IF you have a love of reading then the Port Macquarie Library was the place to be this last Valentine’s Day, where two events were hosted, both featuring morning tea celebrations.
At 10am the National Year of Reading will be discussed followed by the launch of a brand new romance and suspense novel at noon.
Nudging Cupid is the second novel of our own local Johns River author Kerri Williams
“Reading books is great escapism and it’s not expensive,” Mrs Williams said. "In fact, while sales overall in the publishing industry are down, the romance genre continues to soar in both traditional print and e-books.”
The author spoke about her love of writing which began as a teenager and her goal to incorporate “everything beautiful” about our region into her books.