5…er, 4, no wait, still technically 5 Burning Questions With Khaliah Williams

  1. What’s the easiest thing about writing?
I don’t know that there is anything easy about writing. While there are times when I feel compelled to pick up a pen and work on something without hesitating, there are other times when I like it’s the last thing I want to do.  I also have to go through so many drafts that it can take years to produce a draft I’m proud to have written. I think the only thing that easy about writing is having a passion for it.
  1. What do you do to cultivate your next idea?
I sit with it for a long, long time. And then I talk about it sparingly. I don’t really get too deep into an idea until I sit down to start writing it.
  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using as many adverbs as possible.


  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poverty/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?
I’ve always liked telling stories. I realize that response is as basic as I can get but it’s the truth. I really like telling stories. If I didn’t have such terrible stage fright, I’d probably do something like The Stoop on a regular basis. I like drawing people into a compelling story and getting their reaction as the story plays out. I have a younger cousin who has never really been a big reader, so I started sending her books last fall. I love the text messages she sends me after she finishes a book I’ve sent her, she’s excited, frustrated and enamored at the same time. It’s why I write fiction, to create a complete, real, world that readers can get excited about, or frustrated by or fall in love with. It’s why I write.
  1. When you introduce yourself to someone new, do you identify as a writer? Tell us about that.

I do! I mean I also say that I’m a college counselor and a teacher but “writer” is as much a part of my identity as those other titles. Maybe even more so because it’s been the dominating part of my life for the past 10 years. It took me a long time to own it because I’ve been working my book for so long.

Bonus question: What’s a movie that’s superior to the book? Why is it better?

This might be a cliche but I really love The Godfather. I’ve actually read the book several times and I like it a great deal but I think the casting of that movie is sublime in Parts I and II.  

Visit www.blogspot.writesreadsknits.com to learn more about Khaliah or follow her on Instagram @khaliah.

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