Today I have the author, Reba White Williams on the blog for an interview as part of the Restrike Blog Tour for JKS Communications
First of all I want to say a huge thank you to Reba for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for my blog.
1. Your book, Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Green Mystery 1, has some crime and investigation elements to it, how did you go about researching for your book (reading, watching lots of C.S.I Investigation)?
Reading, but I also go to restaurants, stores and other locations I mention.
2. The protagonists, Coleman and Dinah, each have their own businesses, did each of their own profession require research into how to run and art gallery and edit and arts magazine?
No, I know many people who have art galleries and art magazines. I’ve written for art magazines, and spent a lot of time in galleries.
3. How do you go about picking your characters names and giving them their own personalities?
Dinah is a very southern name (“Someone’s in the kitchen with...”). For Coleman, sometimes a last name is used as a woman’s name, which is also southern. I think the names have to fit the personalities.
4. How long did it take from an idea to actually see your book in print/electronic format?
5. How do you begin the writing process, e.g. finding a quiet space, listening to music etc?
Any time I can grab a few minutes or an hour, I write.
6. How do you spend your free time?
My free, or relaxation, time is spent reading, watching films and plays, seeing friends, and playing with my dog, Muffin.
7. What was the last book you read that made you cry or laugh?
I always cry when a dog is hurt or killed. I cried a lot in Willie Morris’s My Dog Skip.
8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I like the way we live in New York City, Connecticut, and Palm Springs, CA.
This or That
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Cakes or sweet/candy? Neither – don’t eat either often.
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Sun or Snow? Sun
Books or TV? Books
Countryside or city? No preference
Fruit or vegetables? Vegetables
Cooking or baking? Cooking
About the author
Reba White Williams has written articles for American Artist, Art and Auction, Print Quarterly and Journal of the Print World. She served on the Print Committees of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and The Whitney Museum. She was a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and is an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.
Williams grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University and her ambition at 21 years old led her to New York, where she began writing about art, business and finance. Williams eventually earned her MBA from Harvard, MA in Art History from Hunter, PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and MA in Fiction Writing from Antioch University.
She worked as a library assistant, researcher at a management-consulting firm, a Wall Street securities analyst and writer for Institutional Investor magazine and other financial publications, and her expertise and passion for the arts led Williams to write a mystery novel series revolving around art fraud. The first book, Restrike, releases June 2013.
Williams has served as President of the New York City Art Commission and Vice Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2009, most of her and her husband’s collection—about 5,000 prints—was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
She and her husband founded the annual Willie Morris Award for best Southern fiction, now in its sixth year. With her husband and their dog Muffin, who is fictionalized in her books, Williams divides her time between New York, Connecticut and Palm Springs.
Reba White Williams Website