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Anjel Williams

An interview I conducted with Anjel Williams, author of the anthology of poems, Contents of a Desolate Mind, which was published by PublishAmerica.

Contents of a Desolate Mind
Anjel Williams

  1. Can you give us a basic summary of Contents of a Desolate Mind?  
Contents of a Desolate Mind is a collection of somewhat, dark poetry.  There are three parts to the book;  the first being the darker poetry.  A lot of pain is felt in much of my poetry.  There are a few sensual poems and a couple gothic/sci-fi poems.  The second part of the book is "Finding the light" in which you will find some of my less dark poetry.  And finally there are two poetic tales about two fallen angels.  The poetic tales are the basis for my sci-fi novel I am currently working on.  My work gives you a taste of the anguish I felt on many occasions.  
2. How long did it take you to write it from start to finish?  
My book has been a work in progress over several years.  I have written thousands of poems but picked only a small selection for this book.  Once I began formatting and choosing my poems it took a total of 3 months.
3. Are there any authors or books who inspired you as a writer?  
I would have to say J.K Rowling.  She started writing as a single mother and worked hard.  And now she is one of the richest women in the world.  I think she is amazing and her strength is astounding!
I also enjoy Shel Silverstein.  His writing is so very creative and original.
4. Do you keep a strict writing schedule?
I try to write for at least one hour a day.  With six children it is hard to make a schedule, however, I do my best to write and carry a mini digital recorder for any new ideas I get.
5. Who is your target audience?
I am hoping my work will reach many different audiences.  I am guessing some younger (late teens) and those who enjoy dark writing.
6. What are some of your favorite books?  
I have so many, but one worth mentioning would be Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree".  I read it over and over as a small child and read it to my children now.
7. Favorite authors/poets?  
I love W. Shakespear's writing.  I read many different types of books and adore so many writers.
8. What would you like your readers to know about you?  
I would like them to know that I write from my soul.  I write from experience.  I have endured much pain in my thirty years and I know someone, somewhere knows how I feel and maybe my words will touch someone, so they know that there is light.  Some of us just have to look a little harder.  Light can not exist with the dark.
9. What are you working on now?
I have two projects in the works.  I am putting them aside a little to promote my new book.  I am writing a sci-fi novel about a woman who becomes pregnant by a nephilim and I have a book about VBAC's (vaginal birth after cesarean) as well.
10. Any tips for aspiring writers? 
Everytime you want to stop and pull your hair out, that is when you need to push harder.  You will not please everyone and you will get a bad review from time to time, just do not give up.  Put your heart and soul into it and it will happen!
For more information, please see Anjel Williams' website at

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