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07 June 2013

A Look At D.J. Williams & 'Disillusioned' ( @djwilliams316 @GoddessFish #SO )

Today we have author D.J. Williams visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* With the DNA of a world traveler, Williams was born in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East, to share stories of those who are overcoming incredible odds. He is the co-author of Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse and has produced and directed over 140 television episodes syndicated on NBC, ABC, FOX and various cable networks worldwide. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife.

What book are you going to tell us about today?
* Disillusioned
REVIEW SOUND BYTE: “A fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.” Judith McCreary, Co-Executive Producer -- Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, & CSI

A look into the story
~ Blurb ~
* A mother’s suicide threatens to destroy a family legacy. Her sons, Sam and Daniel, are forced to leave their comfortable worlds behind and search for a woman they believe can unlock the secrets that have remained hidden. They are propelled into separate journeys from Los Angeles to the heart of the Zambezi where they are forced to confront a man known as Die Duiwel, the Devil. On their adventures they will find themselves in a place where death is one breath away, where thousands of children are disappearing into the darkness, and where the woman they are searching for is on the hunt for revenge. When they stand face-to-face with the forgotten slaves of Africa they will fight to redeem what has been lost.

~ Excerpt ~
* Ten years later I had my hands full with two young boys while John was busy traveling the world. I went with him on occasion, but for the most part I stayed home and watched my babies grow into young men. At times it was as if I were a single parent. I could’ve spoken up. I could’ve objected to the sacrifices we made in the name of God. Maybe I should have, but I didn’t. Instead I enjoyed the comforts of being a wife, our beachfront home, a private jet leased by the church, a cabin in Lake Isabella, John’s seven figure salary, as well as his book royalties. A bonus was the respect given to us whenever we entered a room by those who didn’t know us. It was flattering, and addicting.
* This isn’t my life anymore.
* I’ve been locked up here for one thousand and ninety five days. I’ve had time to think about the choices I’ve made. I’ve thought about what is best for everyone. I’ve become a burden. I know it. I feel it. I hate it. The whispers inside tell me there’s only one decision to make, undoubtedly the hardest one of all. It goes against everything I’ve believed.
* But nothing is the same as it once was.
* God forgive me.

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Thank you for joining us here today, D.J.! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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10 comments:

Mary Preston said...

That's a lot of television episodes. No doubt I have been enjoying your work your years.

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derekwilliamswords said...

Thanks for hosting today! Mary, yes it has been a great run so far.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Shannon R said...

Great sound bite. It is impressive the work you've done

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Ingeborg said...

Wow, that's a lot of television episodes.

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derekwilliamswords said...

Ingeborg, yes its been quite a few episodes. I'm also developing two reality shows so it keeps life exciting!

ad0ffae6-78f6-11e1-8cde-000bcdcb5194 said...

How has your television work affected your writing (plotting, etc)?

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derekwilliamswords said...

Special excerpt for today:

"These days the soundness of my mind is questionable. I've been given a dozen shock treatments in about as many days. Still nothing has changed. Now I have short-term memory loss. The past plays vividly over and over but it seems I have trouble grasping the present. I sit in silence, desperate to speak but unable to find the will to utter a single word. Today, my mind is sharp. I'm aware of my decision. It's the only choice I've made for myself in months. I've planned this for a long time. I am ready."

DJ Williams said...

I think working in any type of creative media helps when you crossover into another aspect of visual or written storytelling. In all of these areas you’re trying to tell a story that is compelling for the viewer/reader. You need to grab their attention and then keep it throughout. That’s probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned from the projects I’ve been involved in. Also, on the television side I work mainly as a producer or director so it’s a different frame of mind from writing. I’m always watching the clock, the schedule, the shots and making sure I’m getting what we need to cut an episode together. For me, writing The Disillusioned was an escape from all of that. I took my time. I wrote alone. No one read a single word until I was nearly finished. It was much more solitary than directing or producing, which I enjoyed.

Karen H in NC said...

Well, it’s Friday. Had fun following you around this week and looking forward to more good stuff next week. Have a great weekend!
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