Inside The Author’s Head: Jennifer Williams

July 23, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word?

Oh, tough question! Probably “ennui”, partly thanks to the Edward Gorey-ness of it.

Q2. What is your least favorite word?


Q3. How has social media helped your career?

I have made so many important contacts – and friends – over twitter, it has become invaluable. It helped me find short story markets and the heart of the writing community, and it’s a great way to keep up with what’s going down in publishing. It even helped me find an agent! Also, there’s something quite unique and marvellous about being able to talk so easily with readers and fellow writers

Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career? 

 You have to exercise a lot of restraint. There’s always some sort of argument going down somewhere and like everyone, I have strong opinions. It’s important to remember that nothing is truly lost forever on social media, so if you have a bad day and decide to call someone a “steaming fuckwitted tosspot” you have to be ready to stand by that forever. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it can mean writing out lots of posts and then deleting them again.

Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I spent four years at art college studying illustration, so I suppose I would like to do that (you can’t really keep me away from books). That or billionaire philanthropist, obviously.

Q6. What profession would you not like to do?

Oh, so many. Mainly those ones that involve real work. Funnily enough a lot of people at school thought I would go on to be a teacher because I was a massive swot, but I’d actually be terrible at it – all that talking to lots of people at once, having to know what you’re talking about… Maths teacher, that would be the worst.

Q7. What is your favorite curse word? 

Fuck! You can’t go wrong with fuck, can you? It’s just always so satisfying to say, and you can customise it: fuckwit, fuckweasel, fuckity bye.

Q8. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“I know, I know, I’ve got a lot of explaining to do…”

Thanks Jennifer!  To learn more about the marvelous Jennifer Williams a.k.a. @sennydreadful check out her website here.

Next time: James Barclay 

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