Interview with Erik Williams, author of Guardian

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Title: Guardian
Author: Erik Williams
Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse
Pages: 254
Genre: Military Thriller
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 The heart-pounding, action-packed sequel to Demon.

 A secret order at war with itself.
A Syrian official who wants to set the Middle East ablaze.
And all of them want nothing more than one unlucky CIA agent …

 CIA agent Mike Caldwell just confronted a fallen angel and survived. But he wasn't the only one tracking down Semyaza, and the demon's escape from an ancient tomb has caught the attention of several powerful entities. Now they will stop at nothing to get Mike to play by their rules. Mike must head out on an international mission to confront the covert brotherhood in an effort to save the world from destruction.

  • Guardian is available at Amazon
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How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid.  However, I didn’t let other people read my stuff until 2005, when I started writing for publication.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

When someone agreed to publish something I wrote and they’d also pay me was pretty much when I realized, “Hey, maybe I can do this.”

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

The writing styles of Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, and Chuck Palahniuk were, and still are, my biggest influences.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

Believe it or not, a couple of TV shows really smacked me hard and said, “You can do better.”  Those would be The Wire and Breaking Bad.

What made you want to be a writer?

I like the idea of creating.  I’d love to make movies.  Would love to learn carpentry.  Right now, though, I write stories.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Maintaining the relentless pace while also ensuring it all made sense without a ton of exposition.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention.

1. I swear like a sailor and can be pretty damn sarcastic.
2. I’m fun at parties.
3. Given a choice of writing or binge watching TV shows all day, and assuming I didn’t have to worry about an income or being a decent husband or dad, I’d sadly choose TV.

Erik Williams is a former naval officer and current defense contractor (but he's not allowed to talk about it). He is also the author of Demon and numerous small press works and short stories. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife and three daughters. When he's not at his day job, he can usually be found changing diapers or coveting carbohydrates

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