Monday, 2 May 2011

Ximena Williams - Interview

Today I welcome Ximena Williams, author of Distract My Hunger to the blog. Hi and thanks for coming over!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing.

That's a good question, it's hard to separate a writer from his/ her writing... so let's start with a little about me and then we'll jump to my writing.

I'm the youngest in my close family, and probably because of that I developed a huge love for words, stories and books. Being always around adults made me want to understand "their" world better and felt compelled to understand what they read mostly. My house was always full of books and my parents encouraged me to read not only a huge amount of them, but also a wide variety. I also loved writing stories and poems from an early age, when I was eight I published my first poem in a children's magazine... still, writing dark stories has always been my favourite! I still write poetry once in a while.

2) What is it about vampires that you love and what is unique or different about the vampires in your book?

Actually it is the idea of vampires that makes me love humanity. Through the vampire archetype we become aware of how ephimerous we are... that's the beauty of it! Humans are fragile and flawed in certain ways, yet vampires need them to survive. I always thought that it is precisely that relationship that makes the whole idea so exquisite.

In my book Distract My Hunger I tried to portray a slightly different kind of vampire, they are first of all not made into vampires but born that way... in my book vampires are genetic. They can breed with humans, but they are something different (sort of like dogs and wolves... alike but not quite the same...). I also thought about different kinds of vampires, depending of the type of vampire they are is the lifespan they expect to have. Something I think is quite unique about my vampires is what makes them vulnerable (I won't tell you, you must read the story to find out, but have in mind that it is not exactly garlic or wood). I did some research on "real" vampires before writing Distract My Hunger, so I think that adds a different flavour to the whole tale.

3) Which authors have inspired you the most?

As I told you before I've loved reading throughout my whole life, because of that I was probably inspired by more authors than the ones I'm recalling now. Still I'd like to highlight some authors like:

Edgar Allan Poe who haunted my pre-teen years, the Chilean Alfonsina Storni who made me discover poetry with her heartbreaking verses, Horacio Quiroga who made me love short stories and Susana Soca who made me discover the importance of colour references in writing (her poems burst with colour!).

4) Tell us a little known fact about yourself

The frequency of colour blind females is very small, and believe it or not, I'm one of them! That's not a much known fact about me because actually it was even unknown to me until I was eighteen.

I can distinguish most colours but confuse others. I believe it is because of that that I enjoy so much including colours in my writing, my world is coloured differently than most people's and perhaps that makes the whole idea of colours more appealing to me.

5) What are you currently working on and what publications can we expect from you in the future?

Well I'm working on 3 things this year: a Spanish translation of Distract My Hunger, book two of that series (in English), and a novel of a completely different genre... it's intended for a more mature audience and it has nothing paranormal in it. I hope to get those three things published this year.

6) Where can readers buy your book and where can they find out more about you?

Distract My Hunger can be found in Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and other retailers. In Amazon you can find my author page too. The e-book version of the book is also available now in Readers can also follow my Facebook author page and leave comments; I love to interact with readers! Here are some links of pages I've mentioned:

Thank you very much for taking the time to prepare this interview!

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