D.S. Williams likes to live in other people’s lives, mainly because they are so much more interesting than her own.
There was a time, many years ago, when D.S. thought she might be able to be like ‘other’ people and hold down a normal job in the normal world. It soon became apparent, to herself (and everyone around her), that this was not a suitable environment for someone with her head in the clouds, and her heart in a novel; but it took nearly ten years of employment, and fifteen years as a full-time parent, before she found her niche and began working from home – where she can go off on those tangents when the pull of an exciting new character pulls her into another adventure.
Employment and family notwithstanding, she’s spent forty odd years in make-believe worlds, creating new friends on paper and putting them into impossible situations, to make them both interesting and entertaining, and bringing new settings and situations to life. Her characters are created in the deepest, darkest corners of D.S. Williams’ mind and tend to annoy her the most when she’s trying to sleep, or has something imperative she should be doing. And they never, ever do as they’re told – while D.S. has a plan for their futures… they tend to have plans of their own, which are usually wildly altered from what was prepared for them.
With a love of multiple genres, D.S. will write almost anything, although she especially loves romances, and if you can add some werewolves, vampires or other mythical creatures to the mix, she’s in her element. She also loves a spot of suspense, a touch of teasing, and hasn’t met a good cliff-hanger that she didn’t like.
The author of The Nememiah Chronicles, and Protective Hearts, D.S. is currently working on a number of new projects, including the long-awaited final book in The Nememiah Chronicles series. She adores strong male characters, feisty female characters, and developing complex relationships among everyone who turns up in her books.
D.S. is a member of her local writers’ group, who she would probably describe as being ‘a bunch of social misfits with anxiety issues and a lack of belief in themselves, but a really brilliant bunch of people’. It is through this writers group that D.S. hones her craft, expands her writing abilities, and tends to do her only socializing with ‘real’ people.
When not writing, D.S. tends to still be completely engrossed in the written word, with Laurell K. Hamilton, Cassandra Clare, Charlaine Harris, Dakota Cassidy, J.K. Rowling and Cherise Sinclair being among her favourite authors. And when not writing, or reading, she is still involved with the written word in her work as an editor, specializing in indie author works.
D.S. loves collecting notebooks and pens, in fact; some would suggest it has become an addiction. It is an addiction that her Darling Husband constantly shakes his head over but lovingly accepts, because although D.S. is always seeking out beautiful new notebooks, she struggles to bring herself to write in them, because, in her words, “It would mess them up”. This doesn’t stop her from buying them, however and consequently, D.S.’s home is overflowing with bookshelves filled with (mostly empty) notebooks, and she has a pen for every single occasion.
While DS. was born and bred in Australia, her stories are generally set in other countries, and D.S. uses her love of research, and an addiction to ‘Google Search’ to flesh out the settings she creates. Some of her books are set in the United States, although a current work-in-progress is set in the wine-growing regions of France, and a future book will take place in Scotland. D.S. considers this beautiful country her ancestral home, and with a father born in the northern highlands, her love of the country guarantees that Scotland will appear in more than one future novel.
An extremely reclusive introvert, D.S. lives in Perth, Western Australia with her Darling Husband, the Gang of Four, and the furry residents, Angus and Tuppence. She has travelled around the country as a military wife, but is now settled back in her home state, where she intends to spend the rest of her days writing, reading and meeting new (fictional) friends.
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