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Interview with DJ Williams

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by Claire O’Sullivan

 

DJ Williams

 

I’m pleased to let you know I snagged an interview with DJ Williams, the author of The Auctioneer (which was très cool, along with a copy of the book) which is right here. Sorry, not the book, but the cover… 

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Here’s the link to purchase it:

‘The Auctioneer’ by DJ Williams ↵ 

Claire: Hi DJ. Thanks for giving this interview and it’s a pleasure to chat with you. I can’t wait to talk about your new book, The Auctioneer. First, I have to hear about your background and your bio– ‘with the DNA of a world traveler.’ Can you tell me a bit about that? 

DJ: My parents were missionaries in Hong Kong where I was born. I was fifteen when the family moved back to L.A. I’ve been in Los Angeles ever since. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many countries, but it was when I found myself in Zambia along the Zambezi River that I realized my dream of storytelling from the age of eight after reading Treasure Island, was the next step of my journey.

Claire: Zambezi! That’s where the Zambezi River was flooding just this month. How incredibly devastating. What you saw and experienced shaped your first novel, The Disillusioned. How so? 

DJ: I don’t want to give away the entire story but it does revolve around human trafficking. It wasn’t until a few years after those three days on the Zambezi River, that I finally sat down and began writing what would eventually become The Disillusioned. I didn’t tell a soul, not even my wife! I finished the first draft and sent it to executive writer/producer Judith McCreary of Criminal Minds, CSI, and Law and Order: SVU. She was gracious enough to read the book, with the caveat that if it was terrible that only the two of us would know it existed. When she called me back a week later she gave me the thumbs up and a year later the novel was published.

Claire: Your readers are certainly glad you talked to Ms. McCreary! You also have been involved in music, production and directing. That kept you busy. I understand you have directed episodes of The Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse. 

DJ: Yes, I was part of several indie record labels, and later worked at an entertainment company in Los Angeles, before branching out on my own to produce and direct. I’m currently in production on Season 16 of The Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse, as well as developing other projects for film/television.

Claire: I’ve watched The Restoration Road and a videocast with Mitch on his site, with a picture of two rows of classic cars in the background. Was Mitch an inspiration to The Auctioneer?

DJ: Mitch and I have been friends for nearly twenty years, beginning shortly after he sold his auction business. He is one of the greatest auctioneers of all time. With the many stories he’s shared over the years, he was definitely an inspiration to spark my crazy imagination.

Claire: It’s not cut from the same cloth, plot-wise as The Disillusioned and Waking Lazarus. You have some very colorful characters and a terrific twisty/turny plot.

DJ: I’m always working to become a better storyteller, and when Chase Hardeman emerged in my imagination I knew this series was going to be a departure from my first two novels. It’s a different world, more along the lines of Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets National Treasure with plenty of thrills, chills, and espionage. I also wanted to write characters that could go the distance, i.e. Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, so that the world would evolve with each novel.

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Claire: The Auctioneer is a fast-paced novel that grabs you in the first sentence until the last. That last line was killer so I must know, will there be a sequel?

DJ: I’m in the first draft stage working through the details of the plot and developing the characters so readers will go deeper into the world that began with The Auctioneer.  

Claire: Excellent news! For our writers, are you a planner, panster, or plantser? And any other tips for writers?

DJ: While I wish I could say I’m a planner, the reality is that once I sit down to write all the plans seem to disappear as the story comes alive on the page. So, I’d be more of a pantster. Storylines and characters evolve and take me along the adventure. Now, I will say that I do know how the story begins and ends before I write a single word. If not I’d be writing with no end in sight.

Claire: You went the independent route, right? 

DJ: Yes, I used resources from Reedsy where I found a great cover designer and publicist. With my past experience building businesses and entrepreneur DNA, I’ve found that it’s become the best outlet to get my stories to the world. Now, when the right time comes there may be an agent or a publisher who partners with me, but for now, I’m proud to be an indie. The Auctioneer launched in February 2019 and has quickly climbed the charts on Amazon Hot New Releases, ranking #21 (Espionage Thrillers), #22 (Vigilante Justice) and #30 (International Mystery & Crime).

Claire: You have a great imagination and ability to weave a tale, and your background is so varied, I definitely can see why your books shot to the top. I already purchased The Disillusioned and‘Waking Lazarus, so it looks like I’ll be emailing you for another interview. I can’t thank you enough for your time to see into your brain, and where you get your inspiration. 

DJ: This was fun, and I’m looking forward to hearing how you like The Disillusioned and Waking Lazarus.

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I had a great time interviewing DJ. Now, let me first tantalize you with a bit of The Auctioneer. 

Starting off, as a writer, DJ makes every word count in a well-written, tightly-packed action thriller. A great way to see action, dialogue and setting with the ability to bend rules. If you’re writing a thriller, crime fiction, underworld intrigue, grief, loss, betrayal, mystery, and a clean read, you’ll enjoy The Auctioneer. This novel’s difference is in how his main character overcomes not really understanding his father’s world to understanding it perfectly within the setting of priceless classic cars in underworld trading and solving a murder all at the same time. And, there’s a hint of romance. 

As a reader, The Auctioneer is a pure thrill ride. A young man takes on the mantle of his much-loved father. Chase Hardeman is the son of an ethically-challenged auctioneer and one-time politician. The ex-special ops soldier returns home after his father’s death, only to realize things were not bad. They were worse. Not simply his father’s shady business dealings, but things at home are about to take a turn. 

Within these pages, you’ll find a complex page-turner with twists you won’t see coming. Chase’s life is in constant danger because of the… oh wait. I hate spoiler alerts, so… that’s all about you get for now.

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For a link to ‘The Disillusioned’

And to ‘Waking Lazarus’

A portion of his work goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can read more about DJ Williams here: djwilliamsbooks.com

 

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Why I like Short Blogs

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Gotta say I have the attention span of waiting in line for a Big Mac. No. I do not eat at McDonald’s, ever. You get the drift.

But the thing is, count me guilty for long posts in the past, but perhaps only interviews with authors get more WP space. My inner thoughts are just not that lofty.

If I wax poetic on spiritual matters that too may garner more space especially when I post Scripture.

We all have a life, work, other social media, and heaven forbid I eat into your time.

Very few sites suck me into a long post as well. Guilty of passing by others, and many apologies when I do, but three, four, and five pages I may skip or skim.

Forgive me. But this is all ya get. Today. Gotta run. Got stuff I must do, and spending too much time posting &/or reading is not scheduled.  😉

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Oh. Oh? Is this a test…?

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From what book?

 

”At that time, Michael the great prince who protects your people will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people, everyone whose name is found written in the boo, will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”

And if you know, share! Comment!

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Daniel 12: 1-3 

Some Other Day When I’m Old

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Procrastination.

We all face the problem, not wanting to do the necessary nor the right action to do, or words needed to be said. Take the few minutes to read. It could save your life.

Families pulled apart, isn’t it time you ‘get over it’ and love? When is your last breath? When you’re 70? How do you know, it could be in one second. Your age won’t save you.

Friends long lost? Connect, reconnect if you can find them. Say a few kind words or get together if you can.

Dreams fade. Goals fall by the wayside of life. You’re too busy to help aging parents.

Churchgoers – You’re too busy to deal with all of the above with the superficial works that you think will improve your status with God, so you have no time to read, pray, share. That is if you believe in God, and those works.

Faith. You’re 20 years old (or 89) and you figure, I’ve got time to think about God, faith, salvation. Or… ‘nice for you, but I believe in…’ (whatever).

When is your last breath? Last heartbeat? Last thought? Last tear? Will you have time to have that last thought or tear?

There are a lot of reasons why you should stop and think about these. Now.

So, today I give you words to consider (there is so much more, but realize this has been foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament, that these verses are the culmination, the completion of all). Know in the following verses that sin and transgressions are wrongdoings. Things you know you shouldn’t have done.

(Old Testament) Isaiah 53: 4-12

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

(New Testament)

John 3:3 ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’

John 4: 10-14

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 14: 6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ephesians 2:8-10 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 10:9-10

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Don’t wait, time is short (yours and mine). For those who believe there are many ways, or there is nothing… if you’re right, we all meet the same end. But, what if I am right? What if you recognize that the Bible is right? Will it hurt you to recognize your wrongs? Turn away from them? Will it hurt you to see you can’t do it on your own? Will it hurt me if you slander me or God? Not one bit. But, again, what if I am right?

Today, I pray for everyone who reads that the only true God will open your eyes and hearts.

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“Vanished”

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I am slow to getting around to the books I have on my Kindle, and since my husband started wondering who was stealing from the bank account, ahem, I had to stop my downloads for a bit.

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But never fear. I have plenty of books to review. Spell that slowly, because I… have… plenty.

You all know I read both Christian and non-Christian books and review them. I have more favorite authors these days than I did a long time ago when my nose was constantly stuck in textbooks.

So, I finished Irene Hannon’s “Vanished” (written 2013, this is how far I am behind) late last night. Well-developed characters, even the bad guy. A fantastic suspense with a sweet romance. Irene Hannon writes Christian fiction and this book is readable by all since it is not preachy.

Very well done.

I really didn’t disappear…

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Been in edit mode, with time constraints and a ‘date-to-be-finished’ expectation, it is though I disappeared into thin air.

Forgive my cliche.

But I forge onward, thought I would stop in, say ‘hi’ and get on with my work.

I am also now a contributing writer to Faith Filled Family online https://www.faithfilledfamily.com/ under Faith and Family. Thanks to Michelle who gave me the invitation!

Here is my first article: https://www.faithfilledfamily.com/f3-faith-family-fundamentals/ and I just fired off another article.

I am looking into that edit-torture-thingamabob monster.

I am your EDITOR

 

I shall return…

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I, me and my shadow by Deepa

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via I, me and my shadow 

This is an amazing piece of prose, so sensory in sight, sound, touch.. you can hear the squeal of a child so excited for that chocolate and taste as the Cadbury melts on the tongue. An example of exemplary writing! And so true.

No. Just… no.

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I cannot believe how low we have fallen. Aborting babies at birth. If all life is sacred… what the hell?

I am sad, angry,  and frustrated. I thought I had seen the worst in people, but clearly that was a fallacy.

The same day Virginia pitched this, the same woman (Tran) put the cankerworm on the endangered species list.

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Over this.

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OH GOD.

I would never condemn anyone who has gone through this. Or the men who couldn’t keep it in their pants. I can’t even condemn those who have pushed this. It’s spiritual warfare, and this is so very, very wrong.

Tears.

Why I Have Been Absent

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No, I’m not dead (writing from the grave…) or deathly ill. I am close to my final rewrite and self-edit before procuring an editor. Saving cash.

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Does anyone feel a bit of PTSD after slashing? Well, I don’t. Because I save those scenes in the event I use them in a different book.

OK, so this individual is going to read some more today, write a review of a completed novel, and get back to my rewrite.

WISH ME LUCK. Or better yet, prayers.

Christmas!

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This Christmas has been exciting. Not that I haven’t loved each Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ (no matter ‘when’ or ‘what time of year’ He was born, I celebrate now), but lights have gone up, a small tree, the Nativity scene, the songs of yore… stockings, and gifts.

Once upon a time, I was so down I purchased a Bonsai tree and put one ornament on it. That was it.

Then we travelled to relatives far away to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas all at once. That was fun, but more fun than anything, since there were very few of us in the very large family gathering who contemplated or spoke of Christ and the reason why we are free.

But this year, it’s different. I don’t know why. This year, I’m going to collect any and every bell and at midnight on Christmas Eve, like the Catholic/Episcopal tradition, ring every one to fulfill at least in our house, that wonderful event where in the ‘olde’ days, those who believed that Christ’s birth caused every bell to ring on earth. Did they have bells? Not likely. We’ll raise some candles, and share with our family the tradition.

The kids play the modern songs of Santa, Happy holidays, White Christmas, Santa Baby. This year, that changes.

So what changed? I have no idea. But, there it is. And celebrate loudly I will.

So have a merry Christ Mass, whether you are Catholic or not, and I hope all my online friends will stop to contemplate why Christians celebrate this blessed hope, Jesus, the Messiah (Savior) who came in the flesh as a babe to grow and eventually to become the first and only perfect Lamb for the best Passover, ever.

Our freedom to come boldly before the throne of God.

‘MERRY CHRISTMAS!’ Get ready, for the days are short. And look up, for your redemption is near. Nearer than ever before.