Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Interview with Erik Williams, author of Guardian

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Title: Guardian
Author: Erik Williams
Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse
Pages: 254
Genre: Military Thriller
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 The heart-pounding, action-packed sequel to Demon. A secret order at war with itself. A Syrian official who wants to set the Middle East ablaze. And all of them want nothing more than one unlucky CIA agent …

 CIA agent Mike Caldwell just confronted a fallen angel and survived. But he wasn't the only one tracking down Semyaza, and the demon's escape from an ancient tomb has caught the attention of several powerful entities. Now they will stop at nothing to get Mike to play by their rules. Mike must head out on an international mission to confront the covert brotherhood in an effort to save the world from destruction.

  • Guardian is available at Amazon
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
How did you come up with the title of your book? 

The book’s central theme is guardianship, protection, serving to protect society against the evils of the world.  GUARDIAN just made sense.

What is your writing environment like?

Chaotic, sadly.  I write where I can.

What is your favorite quote?  Why?

“Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I don’t understand” by Homer Simpson is my favorite.  Why?  Because there is some much biting truth to it.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

Spent my whole life around the military (growing up, serving, and working as a defense analyst now) so it naturally seeped into my work.

What inspires you to write? 

Lately, it’s seeing the success of some writer friends of mine.  I’m happy for them but I’m also competitive.  It’s good to use them as motivation to write better.

What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

 Patience and confidence.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?  If so, what was it? 

It gets easier the more you do it.  This is a sequel so I already knew the characters and the feel of the world.  I had no issues cranking it out compared to the first book, which went through several iterations.

What have you done to promote this book? 

Hey, this interview! Bunch of others, guest blogs, review copies.  In addition, you can always check out my latest pimping at my blog at or on Twitter @TheErikWilliams

What are some of the best tools available today for writers? 

Other writers.  Seriously, the biggest help to me has been finding a few other writers, both experienced and newbies, and just latching on to them.  It’s like a support group that drinks too much.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yeah, check out the first book, DEMON, if you haven’t yet.

Erik Williams is a former naval officer and current defense contractor (but he's not allowed to talk about it). He is also the author of Demon and numerous small press works and short stories. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife and three daughters. When he's not at his day job, he can usually be found changing diapers or coveting carbohydrates

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