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M. L. Williams


Hiya! I’m M. L. Williams but you can call me Mariah. I don’t know how long I’m supposed to call myself a “first-time” author as I have two published books out into the world now.

Nevertheless, I am new to this world but am absolutely loving it!


My purpose of writing is to connect and make readers feel seen, bringing more (L)GBT+

representation to the shelves. Relating to stories provides such a comfort knowing you aren’t

alone in this world. I keep my books fun, engaging, and authentic! There are pieces of my life in each one you’ll ever read. Can you guess what parts? :)


I hope everyone has a chance to dive into Marley’s world!



Author Q&A


WTB: Does writing energize or exhaust you?


M. L. Williams: Both! When I’m confident and a have a chapter or scene planned out, I type at 100mph, with ideas bouncing all over the place! However, when I’m struggling to finish a chapter or squeeze one in my depth, it’s a difficult task and I’d rather throw my laptop away.


WTB: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?


M. L. Williams: Yes. I was scared to put my name on my work. Since it does have inspiration from aspects of my life, being vulnerable was something I had to be comfortable with releasing under my current pen name.


WTB: If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?


M. L. Williams: Don’t be afraid to take risks, don’t be afraid to be different, and don’t be afraid to be great.


WTB: What does literally success look like to you?


M. L. Williams: You can measure success by currency or you can measure success by how many readers you’ve made laugh and hearts you’ve touched. I choose the 2nd :)


WTB: What did you edit of this book?


M. L. Williams: Bad words! While I left in a few, I had f-bombs throughout and while the MC is a 7th grader, the narrator is not so I first had the MC’s thoughts more “adult” because of this. Because of the target audience and since it teeters on the edge of Middle Grade and

Young Adult, I opted to take out 89% of the bad words I originally had. I’m comfortable

with that decision as more kids and pre-teens get their hands on it. Plus, I figured I

didn’t need bad words to make my book a good one.


CONNECT WITH M. L. Williams


Author website:


https://www.mlwilliamsauthor.org/


Instagram:


https://instagram.com/mlwilliamsauthor?igshid=1h7tko12eimc4




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