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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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!

******* and the answer is *********

Daniel 12: 1-3 

“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.

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.

The Yemeni Package

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I spent the better part of a week reading one book. One. Normally, I whip through several in a week, review, take a break, write, rewrite, edit, etcetera, ad infinitum. 

I know when I am going to read one of Dale Amidei’s novels, I had better slow the heck down. There will be a lot of players, intricate subplots within plots, and complex political and military strategism. 

I finished ‘The Yemeni Package’ about fifteen minutes ago, and again, Dale’s ability to spin a yarn so complex, so fantastic, it simply bears reading again. Which I will. Since this was the twelfth and final in his multiple series (as I await more). I love the main characters in all of his novels, and I recommend the books highly. You can read them out of sequence as a stand-alone or ‘as they happen’ chronologically through the Main Game. 

There were twists I did not see coming. The main character, Sean Ritter, is dealing with previous emotional crises. He is thrown into another field operation but the U.S. president doesn’t want any bad press (thus another bad situation), the advisor has his own agenda, as well as foreign assisting characters. 

Ritter and his team take this job in the worst of situations among very hostile players without any backup, without the firepower they normally would need to extract someone, and of course, everything goes south with a CIA operative who also has his own agenda. No one is who they say they are. Then I guess you could say, this ‘should be smooth going’ operation goes further south. And just when you thought hell was hot, everything hits the fan. 

Dale Amidei beats the livin’ crap out of his main character, Sean Ritter. Authors do this to twist our emotions. And so were mine. Biting my knuckle. Laughing at ‘duty-bound’ detail, and crying in more than one chapter. Gear up, folks. It’s another ride dodging bullets and deception. Just an FYI, I have not read any political military intrigue thriller that comes close to Dale’s writing. Outstanding, once again.   

Once again, a five star + novel.    

The Great Poison

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This may be a controversial topic.

OK it is. But, I want to share with you something I thought about first thing this morning, and not a thousand percent sure how I got there. But, here it is.

Poison has been used before a historical timeclock was kept. To kill, some in small amounts to heal, some to get rid of ‘things’ unwanted.

Let me go back, back, and a wee further back to ancient Greece. I promise I will not go into a lengthy history. There were a zillion religions. Many involved horrific rituals. Prevalent was the worship of Baal (infanticide). Look familiar?

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Molech (sacrifice of infants)

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and Asherah the goddess of nature and fertility and the poles (phallic??) that were worshipped. Don’t get me wrong, I understand how these names and symbols became part of the Catholic church and why.

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Men, desperate to have children were deluded through ‘faith’ that their wife/wives would become pregnant after these rites. Girls as young as 12 were deflowered ‘for’ the people. These temples and rituals were maintained <cough> with money <cough> obtained from <cough> temple prostitution. Supposedly, a man would pay and have sex with a prostitute, she who walked the streets in great finery (costly gowns) and jewels on their arms, hands, fingers, etc., and his wife would become pregnant. This is one of the reasons St. Paul called for women to dress modestly. If not, they could be mistaken for a prostitute and all of the images that went with it.

This raised that weird question in my mind. How did these women prevent pregnancy? Well, obviously they didn’t. But they weren’t stupid, not even. They had a poison to deal with it, an abortifactant called ‘Wolfbane,’ or Oleander (similar in chemical structure to modern abortifactants). Thus, they could continue profiting from being prostitutes. What is Wolfbane? Wolf. An obvious reference to wolves. What is bane? Death with bitterness and misery. Snatch away life in misery (aka pain. Whose? The prostitute? No. Think about it.) making this a very bitter rite. One of the biggest centers in Greece (now, Turkey, which is now anti-Semitic, and think on that one for a moment, too) was Pergamum. Baal was worshipped there, and John called it the seat of Satan. There you had an oven. This was in the shape of a bull (Baal). You worship Christ? You worship Yahweh? The oven! You go to the temple priestess, the abortifactant, Wolfbane.

Pergamum’s seat of Satan was moved to Germany by Hitler, by the way, including the oven shaped like a bull (which is where martyrs were roasted to death before and after Jesus’ time) and Hitler’s own praise for putting ovens in to kill Jews. Evil.

Think… World War II.

Of course, I spent the better part of the morning looking this stuff up. Last, I came upon a blog and thought, ‘whoa.’ ‘Wolfsbane, Aconie and A Christian,’ on hummingbird-lamplighter.blogspot.com. I recommend this article on Baal worship for church leaders and attendants. The author spoke about the poison being fed to Christians by shepherds Jesus called vipers (poison…?) and wolves. These leaders denied (and still do) the Deity of Christ, they mingle religions, they misquote sripture, add in weird rituals and promote abortion. Even Paul made reference to this in Romans 3:13-16. This poison brings about abortion of babies and poisons the Word of God. You in a fellowship? Have you made absolutely certain he is not a false pastors? Is that pastor reading the Bible and taking everything out of context? Well, just go worship Baal, Molech, Asherah, because these are things being preached today.

There is a modern ‘Asherah star goddess’ who talks about sex magic. Mmm, hmm. ‘Nothing new under the sun.’

What does this mean to YOU? Worship anything? Pro-choice? There are chemical abortions to hide surgical abortions. Up to 92% of abortions in Europe are chemically-induced. Has the wolfbane-harlot-Baal worship concept hit you now? Speed that one forward in prophecy just a bit.

Last, please don’t forget that scientists (not creationists, not religious scientists) have reported that life begins at conception.

So… who do you worship? If you don’t see this as Satanic, I suggest you open your Bible and read.

‘Warrior’

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Warrior

Once again, Linda Rodante hits it out of the park. ‘Warrior’ is her latest in Christian romance and suspense, but let me take a moment to pause.

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Okay, pause complete.

Linda writes compelling stories that resonate in individuals, truly, no matter their background, the struggles of everyone, meeting God’s redemption. His grace. How individual characters fit into the story as part of the Grand Tapestry by the Master Weaver.

‘Warrior’ is a bit different, yes there is romance and suspense, but the story revolves around three people: Josh, an assistant pastor with a vision, Reese, Josh’s best friend and once bad boy, and Kati, a fervent believer hiding her own past and training hard for confidence–using the vehicle of kickboxing.

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When the challenge is given, Josh prays. It’s time. ‘Go big or go home,’ is a tame version of how God wants to work in this story. He calls upon Josh and the congregation to be radical, dangerous, fearless. This is not a story about bad guys/good guys, this is a story about war. Spiritual warfare that doesn’t include the flying, flashing angels and demons. The kind of war you and I don’t want to talk about. Breaking chains.

Do Christians listen to a sermon, happy, maybe rushing to go home to ‘get on with their lives?’ Yes, we do, in fact we become so cushy comfortable that our lassitude is really apathy and what is more sad than our lukewarm, milk toast attitude? That comfort is not a win for us, it’s a win for the Enemy.

But for those who fight, it’s a glorious battle. But not everyone survives the skirmish, the battle for those who fight the good fight.

Linda wrote this book, coming out of her own comfort zone to uplift, encourage and inspire those who know of the battle that wages around us. Honestly this could be recommended reading for those interested in spiritual warfare (and required reading for seminaries).

Excellent read.