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Author Promo: William King

Posted by , January 11, 2017 · 0 views

Author Promo William King

Who's ready for another Author Promo? This month we are taking a look at William King. William was asked to pick up to three stories and answer the three questions: What gave you the idea for this story? What was your favorite thing about writing this story? & Please tell us something about this story that is not already in the description. If you would like to do an author promo for the blog, please check out the blog feature opportunities thread.

 

William King

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6 stories · 116 reviews · 109,393 total words

 

I'll Kiss You in the Rain

 

Description: Alex and Matty have been best friends like forever, but all that changes the day that Matty says he's gay!

 

What gave you the idea for this story?

 

The idea for the story of Matty and Alex's relationship came from the first chapter originally just a short story about two best friends who reveal to each other that they are gay. As the novel builds and introduces other characters, we meet Jake, an older guy who hits on Alex. There are other things going on in the background concerning Alex's group of school friends, but the main storyline is the interplay between Alex, Jake, and Matty. The book poses, but never resolves, the question as to whether or not three people can love each other and live together as a 'ménage à trois'.

 

What was your favorite thing about writing this story?

 

All my stories contain elements of personal experience, I don't think they would be real if they did not. The most extraordinary thing about writing this book, in fact any of my books, is the character development, the way in which the characters take on a life of their own and live. I have confined the story limits by giving attention and detail to the three principle characters, but if that were not the case, any of the characters could be developed, but of course that would tell a different story.

 

Please tell us something about this story that is not already in the description.

 

You are told that any story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Broadly speaking this is true, but I tend to blur the edges of this concept, because this story is a cameo from the lives of Alex, Jake, and Matty. It could quite easily continue to tell what happens later between the three of them, the end is purposely left open, a sequel is always possible. This is interesting for me as a writer because it allows me to step back, it gives time for reflection, and that freedom lets the theme for the possible subsequent novel emerge. The continuation of the story presents itself, I don't need to invent it, it's there saying 'write me!'

 

Rompecabezas

 

Description: Amidst the drama and choas of a journey interrupted by dreams and different realities, is a quest to find the one person who can deliver the means to discover the answer which will allow all the pieces of the puzzle to reveal the whole.

 

What gave you the idea for this story?

 

A paragraph written by a friend on Facebook inspired the story which is why it is set in Mexico, although that fact is not specifically stated until the end. It's not your usual type of story, although it is strangely enough a romance. Nevertheless, as one reader commented, "it borders on the surreal." Reality, dreams, past and present are blurred at the edges and interwoven into the narration of a journey.

 

What was your favorite thing about writing this story?

 

It presented an enormous challenge to me as a writer, how to progress the story so as to encompass three different threads - the journey through a hot dessert landscape, the other reality of the Palace and it's gardens, the boy Demitri from the narrator's past. To do this in such a way so as not to lose the reader completely, but to allow them to guess at what was going on. What were all the pieces that would fit together to reveal the puzzle.

 

Please tell us something about this story that is not already in the description.


In chapter 7 the narrator arrives at La Terraza Sobre el Mar (The Terrace Over the Sea), it's the chapter title. This is a real location, when I was describing it I was remembering the Café Hafa in Tangier. I relocated it from Morocco to Mexico!

 

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Here's the description from Wikipedia:

 

"Café Hafa is a cafe in Tangier, Morocco, located along the cliff top overlooking the Bay of Tangier. Opened in 1921, the cafe has retained its 1920s style of decor and through the years has been visited by numerous writers and singers, from Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs, to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The cafe is known for its mint tea, a Tangier special brew.

 

With its simplicity, with its dominance over the Strait of Gibraltar, with its plastic chairs, its tables with tablecloths, with its blue walls, with its trees that grow without concern to none and with charm to which no one can resist, the Café Hafa has built its glory, its history and its reputation that crossed borders and have inspired numerous international writers."

 

I wouldn't presume to class myself as an 'international writer', but it did inspire me.






I've enjoyed William's stories! Well worth reading!

I'm added both to my reading list!

I’ve been making my way through Rompecabezas. It’s a bit of a challenge - which is never a bad thing - but rewarding too. 

 

The main character is on quite the journey…

William, congratulations to you and your stories for being chosen as the newest Author Promo. :)

Congrats, William :)

What I liked most about the Rain story was how the characters kept changing from good to bad and back again, as we got to know them and their motives. Of course it was our perception and understanding of them which changed, and we were taught the importance of not judging first or even second impressions and opinions.

I've just come online and seen this and all the nice comments (he blushes). Thank you everyone. There was a comment posted at the end of "I'll Kiss You in the Rain". It said, 'I hope you will continue the story.' Well, I did, the sequel is "Time May Change Me" (this is not a plug to read it... lol!) I need to see if it's possible to put two books into a series title, there may be more in the future. I came up with the title for the series, that was just so appropriate, it's called "Absolute Beginners." That title says it all, it describes the two principle characters and... it describes me, the author. If you hadn't already worked it out, the titles of the two books are from songs by David Bowie. Here is the song that encompasses it all: "Absolute Beginners" A moment in the lives of two young people, Alexander (Alex) Weston and Mathew (Matty) Tetherton, and of those around them, and others whose paths they cross. A series of books (I don't know how many) that tell their story. The lyrics of the song by David Bowie just about sum it up: As long as we're together The rest can go to hell I absolutely love you But we're absolute beginners With eyes completely open But nervous all the same

Congratulations! Great reading...

Congrats, William! :)

 

I'm adding these two to my reading list. :)

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