After a lifetime of having her nose buried in books, Renee Williams decided to give writing one a try. As an English major and devoted word nerd, Renee has spent significant quantities of dollars and time supporting the arts (through copious amounts of paperback romances, late fees at the library, and movie tickets). Her command of pop culture includes the ability to recite word for word hits of the 80s, most John Hughes movies, and the Colin Firth version of the Jane Austen classic. Renee likes a little laughter with her happy endings and hopes you do too. A resident of the suburban South, Renee drops her g’s at every opportunity.
Q: What is your normal day like?
A. Since I’m still plugging away at the day job, my normal day starts with a 45-minute commute at 6:15. After nine hours of wrangling personnel and meetings, I make the same trip home. If I’m lucky, I write for an hour or so Monday to Friday. And then writing takes first place on the weekend. I have a strict policy against housework on any day of the week that ends in “day” but try to mop my house once a year whether it needs it or not.
Q: What are you writing now?
A. I have trouble focusing. I have two different stories in progress right now; both are contemporary and both feature inked heroes. This is kind of a fascination for me now. I watch too much New York Ink.
Q: What are your other hobbies?
A. I watch too much television. I might have conquered the world if DVR had never been invented. Alas, it’s too late now. I also knit and have a little dog that requires a disproportionate amount of attention.
Q: How did you celebrate having your first book accepted?
A. I was driving and inappropriately checking my email in a traffic jam. I had to pull over and focus on the message. When I was sure I read it correctly, I had to concentrate on catching my breath.
Q: Why did you start writing?
A. I’ve always been a dedicated reader, but I want more books that I love. I don’t see enough of the heroines I love so I decided to give it a try.
Q: Who are your favorite writers?
A. Ooh, tough one. I automatically buy (after obsessively counting down the days) new releases from Angela Knight, Julia Quinn, Jim Butcher, and a few zillion others. I love JK Rowling and have read Pride and Prejudice more than is probably healthy.
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