Welcome To Day 3
Hello all & welcome to day three of the Nailbiters Tour. This stop features an interview with the author, M. K. Williams. Since I haven’t read the book yet (but i will soon), I tried to address my questions evenly between the story and her experiences as a writer. I hope you all enjoy! Please feel free to comment below (or DM me on twitter) with any further questions. For more info on the tour, please check out the tour intro post over at Writerly Yours.
Tour Schedule: Day 1 • Day 2 • Day 3 • Day 4 • Day 5 • Day 6
1. Can you start off by telling us a little about Nailbiters?
Nailbiters is unlike other stories that involve an alien invasion in that the audience is not privy to the lead-up to the invasion, nor do they see the long-term impact on civilization. Nailbiters focuses on what one individual, Dora, is experiencing as the invasion is happening. The plot revolves around the reality that she is thrust into and what she has to do in order to survive, but the message goes much further beyond the surface level. Nailbiters asks the audience the question of what it means to be human.
2. Is it a standalone or series?
When I wrote Nailbiters, I was only envisioning it as a stand-alone. I didn’t have plans or any desire to turn it into a series. About a month after the book was published, I started to get some ideas about a second novel, but I still wasn’t sold on the idea of writing another side to this story. Over the past several months I’ve grown more comfortable with the idea of a second Nailbiters novel, and I plan to write it within the next few years. Nailbiters was a dark story and I want to have some time away from it before I delve back into this world.
3. How did you come up with the idea of the story? (It sounds very interesting and unique.)
Nailbiters came about in stages. I had a very vivid and very scary dream and the idea of the invasion was born. I started a short story, but it never went anywhere, so I decided to work on something else. A few months later, I had another dream and some of the villains: Gael and Don were created. I picked the story back up, made some edits, and then left it alone again. About two years ago, I finally had an idea of where the story would go, who the characters would be, where they would end up, and what the overall message would be. After that, it was easy to put together.
4. Which characters were easiest/hardest to write?
Barbie was actually the easiest to write, she provided a mild comic relief for a small portion of the book.
Simon was the most difficult character to write. For a long time, I didn’t know how he was going to end up. There were so many avenues that I could have explored with his character. I’m really happy with how the story concluded, but Simon was a big wild card.
5. Which scenes of the story were your favorite?
I really enjoyed writing the scene where the satellite is crashing while they are driving. It was a fun sensory experience to try to pick up on the sounds and images in that scene.
6. If Nailbiters were to become a TV show or Movie, who would you want cast?
I’ve thought about this a bit, it would be so amazing if Nailbiters did become a movie. I have several friends that are screenwriters, so maybe they can help with that process.
As for casting, I haven’t been able to think up the perfect Dora yet. Right now, my favorite actress for that role would be Alicia Vikander.
I do know that Sam Rockwell would be my number one pick for the role of Mitch. Mitch has a difficult decision during the story and I think that he could do a great job bringing his character to life.
7. As far as your writing career, what made you realize you wanted to be a writer? When did you start writing and What other writers influence you?
I’ve always enjoyed reading and I was only ever able to be creative through words. I really had a lot of fun playing with words and putting them together in new ways when I was younger. Being a writer was always just the best way to have fun and play for me. I wrote a lot of poetry in high school, but I didn’t make the jump into short stories and novels until I was in college. I would say that the authors that have had the most influence on me have been Stephen King, Ian McEwan, and J.K. Rowling. Most recently I have really been enjoying Margaret Atwood.
8. Any tips for emerging writers?
Keep writing, keep pursuing what you love, and don’t be afraid to make your own set of rules. I think people see the success of some of the big name authors and think that is what they need in order to be a writer, all you have to do is write to be a writer.
9. Are you working on something now? or Do you have other published
books our readers may enjoy?
Yes, I am almost done editing my next project which will be a collection of short stories. I expect that it will be published in the fall of this year (2016). After that, I have two other novels that I am working on, so there will be a lot more to come.