Bud Sparhawk April 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

While your income seems modest it is astronomically large in comparison to we short fiction guys. In my best year I never got more than $7500, and that was for a series of originals plus reprints.

wjw April 17, 2011 at 3:53 am

Dude, that’s why I decided to write novels. You can freakin’ making a living at it.

Philip Mata April 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

I’m undecided as to what I should major in: English literature or creative writing. I’m leaning towards English lit., but I want to be a writer, so I’m still open to creative writing (if creativity can be taught). I wont be attending UNM-VC until next August, so I still have time to decide on what English degree I want. But I’m heavily split down the middle. Do you have any helpful suggestions on how I can more critically weigh my options? Hopefully this wasn’t too long-winded.

wjw April 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Creativity can’t be taught, but it can be encouraged and developed. That said, I’m skeptical of most creative writing programs. If you go in that direction, try to find a program with teacher who have actually published with actual publishers.

If you do English, you’ll be exposed to a lot of different kinds of writing, which can be valuable. (It was for me.)

What I’d do is get the BA in English, and then if I wanted to teach I’d do an MFA in creative writing. But that’s just me.

Philip Mata April 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Okay, thanks for the help!

Kris December 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hi Mr. Williams,

I’m probably not posting this in the wrong section, but I just finished your Dread Empire’s Fall Series and I loved it! I was just wondering if we can expect any future installments in this universe?


Jared Dorfman December 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Hey Mr. Williams,

Just read This is Not a Game for a Sci-Fi Lit class at Pitt. I am doing a presentation on this book tomorrow, i know this is last minute, but i was wondering if you could tell me any inspirations you had for this book or give me any one liners i can include haha. I really enjoyed the book and love the concept of mixing reality with virtual reality.

I’d appreciate any help.


wjw December 6, 2011 at 5:40 am

Hey Jared,

The book was inspired by “Last Call Poker,” an ARG I co-wrote back in 2005. It took some years to find an editor hip enough to understand what the hell I was writing about, but eventually Orbit bought TINAG and its two sequels.


Tom February 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

WJW – Good talking to you yesterday. Sorry I could not make today’s session. I’m at home with what I think is the virus currently rampaging around DC. I’ll make a point of checking one of your books out of the local library.

Josh March 4, 2012 at 12:33 am

Gave been a fan of Dread Empire’s Dall for many years, and finally managed to add the ebook versions of the novels to my collection. Thanks so much for writing them, hopefully we can see more of them in the future!

wjw March 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Josh, from your lips to the publisher’s ears . . .

lavonne April 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

Hi, Mr. Williams.

I was a huge fan of Metropolitan and City on Fire, and I was sure that the series called for another book. I wanted to know what was beyond the veil in the sky, what happened after Aiah lied down to rest, and more. Will there ever be another volume in that series?


lavonne April 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

Oops. Just read the answer to my question on the FAQ page. Thanks.

Dnkhatri April 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

Continuing in the Dread Empire sequels line of questions. I was wondering do you own the rights to the characters or are they owned by your publishers. If you own the rights will you be willing to start a kickstarter project for a Dread Empire sequels. It could be a good way for you maybe even your publishers to gauge the feasibility of the series.

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