Interview with Lacy Williams, Author of His Small-Town Girl
12 May 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, His Small-Town Girl?
His Small-Town Girl is the first book in a new trilogy. In it, a heroine-on-the-run meets a rancher whose only goal is to sell grandma’s ranch and get out of town. He’s no protector, but when he discovers she’s in danger he can’t just walk away. Also, the heroine is named after one of my nieces.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I remember writing “books” as a child. I also wrote several issues of a newspaper that I handed out to my friends to read. My parents were always very supportive and one Christmas I received a typewriter so I could write. I’m sure they spent a lot of money on cartridges! I am so thankful that they have always supported my writing.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Take a Chance of Me by Becky Wade
The Elemental series by Sherry Thomas
The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
I would love to chat with Jill Shalvis. How does she create such fabulous secondary characters? Her books make me feel like I’m right there in the small town with the crazy great-aunt and friends that feel like family. #authorgoals
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love discovering the story along with the characters. I do some basic plotting before the story begins, but I only get to know the characters deeply as I write the story. My husband once asked me how I can be surprised by the characters when they are products of my own imagination. I didn’t have a good answer for him. I think there’s a tiny bit of magic in writing fiction and I love finding it as the story unfolds.
What is a typical day like for you?
On weekdays, I get up between 5:00 and 5:30 am and get in two good hours of writing or author work before my kids come downstairs. When the bigger kids are in school and the little one naps, I sneak in another hour or two in the afternoons. I will occasionally be known to stay up into the wee hours to finish a book if I’m on a tight deadline. Marketing stuff and answering emails happens in small snatches throughout the day.
What scene in His Small-Town Girl was your favorite to write?
No matter what book I’m working on, my favorite scenes to write are the kissing scenes. There’s something about the tension, the will-they or won’t-they, the touch of a hand on a face… There’s so much magic that can be made in a kissing scene.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
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