Introducing M.L. Williams, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Posted on May 19, 2017 «
Categories: 2017 In the Spotlight, author interview, giveaway «
Join in on the Conversation «
Is this a book review? Jump to the Quick Review

in the spotlight feature

In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!


Now on with the show!


In the Spotlight with M.L. Williams

in the spotlight question

Welcome to Second Run Reviews, M.L.! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.

In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.



author interview ml williams

I grew up on a farm in Iowa (USA). I read a lot as a youngster and was always thrilled at the opportunity to explore my local library. After a 39-year career in journalism, I returned to my first love—fiction.



in the spotlight question

Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?





author interview ml williams

The past two years have been an interesting journey for me. After spending 39 years in journalism, I got to pursue my dream of writing fiction. Every day is different, whether it’s writing or marketing. I now wake up looking forward to the day instead of dreading being faced with deadlines.

The worst feeling has been once a book has been published, there is no immediate feedback. I was spoiled being in journalism. You always had colleagues and of course the public telling you if they liked your work.

in the spotlight question

It’s too bad that reading a novel takes so much time! If it didn’t take so long, reviewers like myself could give feedback more quickly.

Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.



author interview ml williams

Return of the Earthers: Seers of Verde Book 2 two deals with the struggle between the descendants of two groups of Earth colonists who have have been separated and isolated from outside influences for centuries on a distant planet. The Seers, protectors of the “civilized” protected group, foster violence against the “lost ones” because the newcomers practice a different religion. The psychic women also fear the influx of people will draw the attention of the space marauders, who have attacked the lost ones ever since the first colonists landed.

I think my idea got a jump start after reading the Dune prequels and sequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. I liked their writing style and felt I could do something similar. I am not comparing myself to them just that I have tried to emulate their style.

Hopefully a Second Run Reviews fan would enjoy the characters in the book and the adventures that face them. I have two characters who are quite unusual. They actually have limitations by “normal” standards but they contribute greatly to the story.

in the spotlight question

What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?




author interview ml williams

I like reading science fiction, particularly space operas. I also enjoy historical fiction, which is an interesting oxymoron genre.

My three favorite books are Dune, Slaughterhouse Five and the Lord of the Rings series.

in the spotlight question

As a fan of Outlander, I’ve found more books that cross the genre line blending historical fiction and science fiction. It’s quite fun traveling through time!

What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?



author interview ml williams

Once I get started reading a book, I have a hard time putting it down. Sometimes I even dream about it.

Some secrets are probably best left as secrets.


in the spotlight question

What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?




author interview ml williams

What gave you inspiration for your book?

I think my idea got a jump start after reading the Dune prequels and sequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. I liked their writing style and felt I could do something similar. I am not comparing myself to them just that I have tried to emulate their style.


in the spotlight question

Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?




author interview ml williams

I hope readers are willing to take a chance on Indie authors. There are a lot of talented writers doing exceptional work out there.



in the spotlight question

Thank you for being In the Spotlight at Second Run Reviews, M.L. I hope that readers will take a chance on your novels, give you excellent reviews and that you’ll return soon to tell us about your latest adventures in book writing!



book info seers of verde ml williams

The Overview

Synopsis: Marauders from a renegade planet attack an Earth colony ship forcing landing parties to split into two groups in a desperate attempt to escape. The attackers are killed but the colonists pay a terrible price. Their vessels are destroyed stranding them without their technology on either side of an imposing mountain range on the planet Verde Grande.

Descendants of a mysterious Seer now protect their people but become the bane of the hunter society on the other side of the mountain. For two centuries all attempts to scale the mountain are thwarted by the powerful Seers who want to preserve their religion and way of life no matter the cost.

One day, a party of hunters sets out to climb the mountain. To their dismay, the Seers cannot control a strange unreachable young woman, who finds the passage to their protected valley. The reunion triggers a decades-long conflict between the Seers and the children of the “lost ones”—a struggle that forever changes the people of Verde Grande.

book info return of the earthers williams

The Overview

Synopsis: Aron Nels has challenged 19 enemy warriors to death duels. If he fails, the truth of the tragic events at Temple Darya will never be known. The lone surviving Defender of the Nuvens is unaware another force is working against him — the powerful Seers who have kept their people safe from space marauders and the Nuvens for centuries.

Willa Sydriker fights to free her world from the yoke of the Tanlians. To do this, the young woman has to convince her people to back a daring plot to hijack the space marauders’ transport ship. If successful, she has to find and convince their former enemy — the “Earthers” — to help their cause.

Gerro, captain of the Tarylan Guards, has committed an act of treason against the Seers. The bastard son of an estranged Seer and unknown father must cross the treacherous mountain to find his mother in the Valley of the Heroes, home of the Defenders.

Jorn Nandez, a captain in the “Earther” space fleet, dreams of returning to the planet his ancestor helped bioform. No one has been in contact with the former Earth colony world for more than 300 years after it apparently was abandoned. The fearsome Tanlians stand in his way but even they avoid the mysterious “ghost world.”

Giveaways offered at Second Run Reviews. Various sponsors.

About M.L. Williams

author headshot ml williams

M.L. Williams is an award-winning ex-journalist. He retired after 39 years of battling deadlines to venture into the world of science fiction. Williams lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spends his time reading, writing and enjoying his role as Grandpa. Return of the Earthers is the sequel to Seers of Verde: The Legend Fulfilled.



Tags: , ,

3 responses to “Introducing M.L. Williams, author | In the Spotlight Interview

  1. That’s an interesting question. I was planning on getting started on a historical fiction piece inspired by two of my great-grandfathers who were on different sides of the Civil War but wound up farming across the fence from each other in Iowa. But, I got sidetracked after a trip to New Mexico. While touring one of the Pueblo people’s museum, a story popped into my head. Then a day or two later, while listening to a Native American present a flute performance, more chapters started to evolve. So far, my piece is an interpretation of the tribe’s creation story. I am letting it write itself — so to speak — to see where it goes.
    I also am about one-third (maybe) done with an anthology of my childhood
    while growing up on an Iowa farm. It’s more of a return to my journalistic roots and is similar in tone to some of Garrison Keillor’s folksy stuff.
    Thanks for asking.

Leave a Reply