10 Reasons to Appreciate a Daycare Teacher

I was a daycare teacher. Best job I ever had, (aside from writing and becoming a mommy to my son, Garrett,) and I wouldn’t change anything about my experience there. Except maybe working there longer. I fell in love with every one of those kids and everything said in this blog post is true. She described it to a T! Love this article!

1. They are not daycare workers, they are daycare teachers.  Their lesson plan every day includes: how to share, how to have “nice hands” and “walking feet,” how to say please and thank you, how to walk behind someone without pushing, how to take turns, and how to have “listening ears.”

2. They are not just teachers.  They are also janitors and nurses.  They make boo-boos feel better and dry up tears.  They spray, wipe, sanitize, sweep, mop, vacuum, and take out the trash.

3. They are waitresses. They balance little trays and cups of milk.  They pick up squashed peas off the floor.  Scoop peaches when they ask for more.

4. They change 5 dirty diapers, within 10 minutes, the day after beef and corn.

5. They get 12 little ducklings to follow in a row on their way to the playground.

6. They tie tiny shoes. Snap tiny…

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Release!

My books are finally available on Amazon!!

Here’s the link to my Amazon author page where you can find all three in paperback and Kindle!

https://www.amazon.com/Chandler-R-Williamson/e/B07VH6PH76/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Trying to figure out how to navigate everything is a little tricky, I’m finding out.  Goodreads has been an adventure this morning, since Convicted: 25 to Life is apparently listed under two different author profiles.  Don’t know how that one happened.

 

I also found out the other day that the original version of the Holiday Spirit got a five-star review from someone I didn’t know!  It’s an interesting feeling.  People have been so nice to spread the word about my books coming out.  It’s helped me see that I’m not alone.  I’m doing book signing events on August 8th and 10th and my mother-in-law has been apparently telling everyone and their dogs about it.  Hahaha!  It’s weird for me.  I’m used to feeling like people kind of see my dream of being an author as kind of like a pat-my-head, “that’s nice, dear,” kind of attitude.  Now that it’s actually happening, I’m happy with the response I’ve gotten.  Friends and family have been ordering them and sharing my Facebook posts about them like no one’s business!  I’m really excited to see where this goes!

 

On the subject of supporting people, I’ve been having a lot of thoughts lately about what’s the best way to do that.  I’ve seen instances where believing in someone so much can turn into an evil of sorts.  My husband, Ryan, and I watched Kung Fu Panda last night and it got me thinking about it.  And with our first baby on the way, I’ve been contemplating what parenting style I’m going to adopt.

 

A conclusion I’ve come to as far as positive reinforcement goes is that it’s a common misconception.  I’m a HUGE supporter of the idea if done right.  I worked at a daycare facility for a while that trained us how to discipline a child in a way that’s healthy for everyone.  It’s hard to do, but a lot of times, I’ve discovered it’s totally worth it.

 

I read an article the other day written by an elementary school teacher who was basically destroyed by this parent for keeping their child in during recess because he wasn’t listening or something like that.  I feel like I understand both sides of the argument.  On the one hand, the parent thought, “that’s not fair!  My kid shouldn’t have been held back from playtime!”  (They didn’t understand the situation.)

On the other hand, the teacher was there and knew how the child was behaving.  If he had used what this parent defined as positive reinforcement, or in other words, letting the kid do whatever he wanted, that kid wouldn’t have learned about consequences.

 

This goes for adults as well as children.  If you’re constantly tearing someone down and telling them everything they’re doing wrong, that person isn’t going to know how to fix the situation and will then continue doing what’s wrong with no hope of ever pleasing you.  But if you point out what they’re doing right, even if it’s a tiny thing, it goes a long way.  The second you see that someone is doing something you like, tell them!  There’s no harm in it and it’ll likely build up the person’s confidence in you and you in them.  They’re far more likely to do what you want them to if they feel they’re doing something right than if you are constantly telling them what they’re doing wrong.

 

Think about it.

 

If you’ve worked on something for hours and you’ve poured your heart and soul into that thing and all people say about it is, “Not good enough,” how does that feel?

Not good.

But if you get the one person who tells you that they believe in you, even if you’re not perfect (or just like them) you’re gonna want to be around that person more and more.

 

People are far more likely to do what you want them to (or at least like you more) if you use positive reinforcement this way.  Point out good stuff you see in people when you see it, no matter how tiny it might be.  Point out bad stuff when it’s appropriate and set boundaries.  That’s what positive reinforcement is.  Not just letting someone treat you like crap then saying, “Oh, they’re just like that.”

What to Know Before Self-Publishing

Hey, everyone!

 

As always, a quick update on how everything is coming along.

The Holiday Spirit is still with the editor.  (I’m dying here!!!)  The cover is being worked on by my amazing and wonderful best friend and cover artist, Jessica Dixon.

Beyond My Words is being read by my beta readers and I’m waiting to hear back from them still.  I gave them until end of March, mid-April to get back to me with critiques there, so cross your fingers that goes well.

Convicted: 25 to Life is coming along very nicely.  I’m extremely proud of what this story is becoming.  As of March 1st at 9:30, PM, it is written chronologically to chapter 13, 22,255 words, and 147 pages.

The deadline I’ve given to my editor and beta readers to give me feedback is going to be the end of March, mid-April.  I’m hoping to have Convicted finished in the writing stage by then so I can go into full-blown editing mode for the other two.

I’m so, super excited for you guys to read these books!

 

Anyway, update out of the way, let’s get on with it.

 

I was asked a question by one of my followers on Facebook about what advice I would give him for someone planning to self-publish a book.  So, here’s my response!  Hope it can help him as well as some of my readers out there.

 

#1.

Get an Editor!

I learned this one the hard way and cannot emphasize this one enough.  I’m lucky enough to have a friend who just happens to be a professional editor who will do it for a good price.  Huge blessing for our family, since self-publishing is expensive!  There’s a lot more that goes into it than most people probably think.  That’s a different subject for another day, though.

I think it’s really important to get an editor who will be honest enough to tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear.  It’s better to hear it from an editor before the book is published so you can change it rather than hearing it from your readers later.  Trust me on this one.  Just get an editor before you publish.

 

#2.

Get Beta Readers You Trust.

Beta readers are amazing!  I have two friends in particular that I’ve known for years that I always trust to give me honest, helpful critiques.  It’s why I always end up going back to them.  Before I send it to them, however, I always have my awesome, sweet husband read over the book to help me clean it up a little bit.

Along with getting an editor who will tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear, get beta readers like this too.  Because, even though it’s hard to take, find betas who genuinely want to help you improve and are willing to point out the good and the bad.  Nothing is worse than getting a critique back that’s basically, “I hated it.  I hated the characters, the story was stupid, and I just don’t get it . . . Yeah, it was good!”  Specifics are good, but find people who will be kind to you too.

 

#3.

Be Willing To Take The Criticism at Face Value.

I don’t know about you all, but I have a tendency to look at critiques and criticism a little too seriously.  A little word of life advice here, DON’T!  My writing mentor told me when I was young that critiques are like an cafeteria line.  You take what you need/want and you don’t have to take everything.  It’s okay.  You don’t have to change everything your readers want you to.  It’s your book!

And I’ve learned from experience *cough, cough, Beyond My Words,* that it’s literally impossible to please every reader.  Take this advice, just don’t try it.  Not worth the emotional trauma.  Write for you, but be willing to take critiques if you want to be published.

 

#4.

Find the Online Publisher that’s Right For You.

Everyone has their own dreams and ambitions for their story.  One of mine is that I’ll be able to see my story in bookstores.  That’s why I’m choosing to try out IngramSpark as well as Amazon.  (Cross your fingers that attempt works)

 

#5.

Promote Yourself Like Crazy!  Even Before You Actually Publish.

I did this wrong when I first released The Holiday Spirit in December.  (Like I did with a lot of stuff.)

You want to have a basic fanbase before your stories even launch.  Build up excitement!  Promote yourself as a writer!  Tell everyone you know!  Your coworkers, your neighbors, your family, your friends, the neighbors, and their dogs!  When people ask what you do for a living, tell them you’re an author.  If you’re not comfortable calling yourself an author yet, tell them you’re a writer.

Don’t be shy!

Social media is a huge platform for me as well as plenty of others.  Make an author website, get a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  Make an official author page on Facebook and promote it.  Blogging is helpful too, though I’ve been slacking on that one to promote other ways.  Build up your followers list!

 

#6.

Find What Works for YOU.

I think this last one can summarize a lot of things in life.  But as a writer, there are a lot of people out there who will tell you “proven ways to be successful,” but honestly, I’ve found that it’s more important that you are true to what tactics work for you specifically.  We’re all different.  These are generalized ideas I’m throwing out that I’ve researched extensively and come up with my own conclusions.  There are people out there who will tell you that there’s only one way to plot, create characters, worlds, etc.

As writers, we’re creative beings.  We all have unique stories to tell and that’s what makes this job so amazing!  No one can write your story like you can.  Don’t give them the pen because it’s not theirs.  It’s yours.

I’ve gone to lots of writing conferences, I’ve done a lot of research.  I’m not an expert, but I’ve had enough experience to back me up with this stuff at this point in my writing career.

 

Bottom line?

Be Yourself!  🙂

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I love you guys!  Hope you enjoyed this post!
~ Chandler R. Williamson

Big Announcement!

Hey, guys!  I am so sorry I haven’t posted lately!!  My life has been consumed by writing the past couple of weeks and I haven’t found a moment to do my blog . . . Or much else, for that matter.   Plus, I’ve been a little sick.  Needless to say, my social life has suffered immensely.

I’m doing it now though!

 

Quick update before I begin.  The Holiday Spirit is still in editing, just waiting to hear back on that.  Beyond My Words has finished the writing stages!  I’m just giving it a final once-over before sending it to the beta readers.  Which means, it’s Convicted: 25 to Life’s turn for the spotlight!  🤣🤣🤣🤣 (😲😲😲😲)

I’m positively terrified to write this book, guys.  It’s so vastly different from anything I’ve ever done before.  But I’m SOO EXCITED!  Not only is it crime and law fiction, it’s also written from two different points of view which could not be more different.  It has some of my favorite characters I’ve ever created in it as well as themes that are meant to make people think and feel as deeply as my characters do.  I don’t plan to sugarcoat anything and I’m gonna dig deep and pull on some heart strings.  😉💔

This is also the first time I’ve ever written from a male protagonist’s perspective, so I’m pretty excited!  But incredibly intimidated because he thinks pretty differently from me.

 

If you’ve read The Holiday Spirit and think it’ll be like that . . . Hehe.  Sorry.

I’m an artist and I pray to never make the same story twice.  That’s one of my biggest fears.

Convicted is the story of murder and the pain of being wrongfully accused and shunned as opposed to a Christmas Spirit striving to help someone believe in Christmas again and learning the beauty of empathy.  Its themes are much, much darker than The Holiday Spirit in a lot of ways.

 

Soo, I have some pretty big news, unless some of you have already figured out by my #ChristmasInJuly promo and subtle-not-so-subtle hints.  I’m going to try writing, editing, and self-publishing three different books by July of 2019.  I’m already more than halfway there with some time to spare.  My stories are developing a reputation for being enjoyable, fast reads that keep you turning the page.  That’s the majority of feedback I’ve gotten this far with The Holiday Spirit, especially.  (The hubby accidentally read four chapters in Beyond My Words the other day when he said he’d only read one.) 😇😈😁

My intent with this is to show people up front the range and styles of writing I’m capable of and establish, not only a more vast audience with three different genres, but my reputation as an author for being diverse and keeping people on their toes.

I’ll always write romance.  That’s a given.  A story isn’t compelling for me unless there’s human emotions to involved, especially when that emotion is romantic.  The three subgenres I’d like to stay in are mostly historical fiction, fantasy, and contemporary drama.  These three stories, I feel, show the best potential for demonstrating my talents in a diverse way since they’re all so different from each other.

 

The Holiday Spirit and Convicted: 25 to Life are stand alone books while Beyond My Words is going to be a trilogy with the potential for spin-offs or series in the future, depending on how well it does and how I feel after writing it for ten years and three books later.

 

I’m so excited to share this news with everyone and to update you on what I’ve been planning since December.  I really hope you’ll stick with me throughout this process and you’ll be just as excited to meet my characters as I am to introduce you to them!  They’re all so wonderfully unique and individual.  I love them so much and I hope you will too!

Just as a little sneak peek, here’s a picture of one of them that I drew.  Won’t tell you what story she’s from, though some might already know.  Enjoy!

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Love you all!

~ Chandler R. Williamson

Outliners Vs. Pantsers

Hey, everyone!

 

Sorry for the late post, it’s been a bit crazy with trying to finish Beyond My Words by the deadline I set for myself.  Finally gave my editor the first bit of The Holiday Spirit last night, so hopefully, we can get Holly into the spotlight again sometime soon.  Stay tuned for updates with how that’s all going.

 

Now, for today’s topic of different writing styles.

 

I’m constantly writing.  Even when I’m not sitting in front of my computer with Microsoft Word open to one of my books, I’m writing.  My brain never really turns off when it comes to creating stories.  I’ve been this way since I was thirteen and, honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Every song I listen to, I relate more to it through the eyes of my characters before I think about what it means through my own eyes.  Each character I create has a special place in my heart, whether it’s a side character, main antagonist, or protagonist.  I love all of my characters.

When I’m on a drive, I’m not analyzing my own circumstances, I’m analyzing a plotline or scene, asking myself questions like, “Where do I want them to be?” “How would they react in this situation?”

 

So, my writing process is interesting in the order I create.  In the writing world, it’s said there are two kinds of writers in the universe, outliners and pantsers.

Outliners tend to plan everything out in their plots, where they want their characters to end up at the end of their arc, etc. etc..  Often, they’ll do this by physically outlining their stories, usually involving Post-It notes or a bulletin board.

Pantsers are those writers who fly by the seat of their pants.  They discover their stories with the characters, not knowing which way the plot is going to go.

 

Then there’s me.  (and I’m sure a lot of other writers out there.)  I’m the awkward mix between the two.  With a lot of my stories, I’ll write out a basic idea of how I want a story or particular scene so I don’t forget where I was planning to go with it if I can’t write the actual scene right then.  I have probably about a hundred random notes in the Notes app on my phone that’s full of tid-bits from my stories.  Some of those make it into my stories.  Most of them, however, don’t.

More often than not, my stories are discovered with the characters, so I’ve always considered myself more of a pantser than an outliner.  Usually, when I use my outlines, it’s because I don’t want to forget what I wanted for that particular story or scene.  But I’m always open to wherever the characters are willing to take me.  A lot of characters, (*cough, cough* Brock in Beyond My Words) appear into scenes they were originally not supposed to be in.  He’s a bit of a spotlight hog.

 

I’ve found this method works well for me, but I’ve spent a lot of time and energy (and Post-It notes) trying out different methods.  If you want to find your own personal style, practice and experimentation make perfect!

 

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Holly Drawings

Hey, everyone!

 

I’m getting into crunch time for my second project!  It’s coming together really well but thought I’d write a short blog in the break time.  I had a bit of a scare with an arthritic finger this week.  But turns out it’s not a huge deal and won’t inhibit my writing, which is a huge relief.  I’m really grateful for the little miracles in my life that have allowed me to accomplish what I have with my books so far.  This year is going to be the busiest I’ve ever been as far as writing goes.

 

I’ve drawn lots of pictures over the years of my characters.  This one is quite a few years old.  This is my character, Holly, from The Holiday Spirit.  I drew it with chalk pastels after drawing it with regular graphite pencils and blending sticks.

 

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two versions.

 

The Holiday Spirit is in the editing stage right now.  Hopefully, it’ll be done by #ChistmasInJuly.  Hopefully, everything will be ready for that.  It’s gonna be huge!

 

I’m planning some huge stuff!

Stay tuned, everyone!  Follow my page on Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter so you can get notified when I post new stuff on this site.  I recently bought my own domain.  Sorry for the domain title mixups some people have experienced.  It should be all sorted out now.

 

~ Chandler R. Williamson

A Word On Antagonists

So, I’ve been working on a lot of bad guy scenes in my books lately and I’ve noticed a trend . . . My bad guys are almost always creepy in more ways than just one.  They’re almost always physically creepy, like they look pretty dang intimidating, as well as lustfully abusive.  They’re motivated a lot by lust, whether that be seductive lust, or power, or some other form of the word.  Greed is another one I’ve noticed.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, my leading men are typically pretty respectful, loving men who absolutely  adore their love interests.  With the exception of one main character I’m thinking of.  Only a few people will know this about the character I’m talking about from my novel, Beyond My Words.

 

Since I’m on the subject today of antagonists, I’ve decided to write a short blog on what I think makes a great antagonist.

 

#1

Opposition

With my antagonist from The Holiday Spirit, he’s pretty straight-forward opposite of my main protagonist, Holly.  I think that’s the balance I’ve discovered works best for villains in books.  Anything that is opposite of your protagonist, is likely to work well for your antagonist.

 

#2

“So there’s a method to your madness.”

Bad guys never think they’re doing anything wrong.  If they kill puppies for fun, there has to be some sort of reason they’re doing it, right?  Maybe they run a puppy farm or something and they just have to run a business.  Throw humanity out the window on that one.  Crazy example, but yeah.  Or they murder people in cold blood because voices in their head tell them to.  It’s not their fault because they were told to and they can’t go against those voices!

Bottom line, antagonists have to have motives behind what they’re doing.  I remember hearing in a writing conference I went to a a teenager that no one really wakes up in the morning, twirling their curly mustache, and thinks, “how can I kill my nephew today?”  In some cases, sure.  It happens.  But the majority of people think they’re in the right with whatever they’re doing it, justified or not.

It’s not evil, it’s just necessary for their “needs.”

 

#3

Giving real, human emotions to someone inhumane

I’m a firm believer in expressing emotions.  If you’ve read my works at all, you probably know this about me by now.  I thrive off it and it’s what drives me to write the way I do.  My characters typically feel the world around them very differently from each other.

For example.

Holly, from The Holiday Spirit, feels the world in a very simplistic and genuine way.  Ellie, from Beyond My Words, feels the world in a very complicated and poetic way.  Will, from Convicted: 25 to Life, feels things in a very sarcastic and cynical way.

Bad guys are the same.  If I don’t put those real emotions into my antagonist like I do with my heroes, my stories come out bland and no one likes them.

For example.

Wren, from The Holiday Spirit, sees the world from a very victimised and internal viewpoint whereas Holly reaches out and loves everyone, no matter what.

Mikey, from Beyond My Words, is very self-motivated and over-the-top confident whereas Ellie is very reserved.

(You thought you’d get spoilers to Convicted, didn’t you?😉  Sorry, still working on that one.)

You get the idea.  Opposites attract when it comes to villains and heroes, I’ve learned.

 

I love this concept so much and it’s something I’m just relishing in right now with my writing.  😊

 

Also, if you want more of my thoughts on writing, please comment and let me know what you want me to touch on next or if you have more questions on how I create my villains.  Subscribe to my newsletter and get notified whenever I post.  I’m trying to get a blog out every Monday or Wednesday.

 

Love you all!!  Thank you so much for reading this, hope you enjoyed it!

 

~ Chandler R. Williamson

Project Teaser

Hey, everyone!

 

 

The Holiday Spirit is still a work in progress.  It has been officially removed from Amazon, apparently, but that’s probably for the best.  The more I look over it, the more I notice issues.  I got a text the other day from a good friend of mine saying she ordered it, but it was canceled on account of being out of print.  I felt so bad, but I’d rather that happen than have more issues pointed out . . . Hehe.

It’s true, The Holiday Spirit is now out of print.  But it’s going to be re-released soon, I promise!  Stay tuned for #ChristmasInJuly!!

 

So, big news coming soon!

My next project has officially begun and is coming along very well!  A lot of you probably already know what story I’m writing next, but here’s a picture I drew about four years ago as well as pictures of two of my characters.

 

 

*Photos of real people are not mine, but ones I found online of the most accurate depictions of my characters I could find.

 

I’ve been drawing pictures of these characters since I was thirteen.  Until recently, however, I feel like I’m just barely getting to know them for who they really are.  I’m starting to understand their individual personalities and roles in my book for the first time.  Amazingly enough, they’re just now starting to make sense together.  I’ve been writing this story religiously for almost ten years now, but I’m just starting to piece it all together.

 

Their story has been destined to turn out the way it does now since the beginning.  Which leads me to believe that maybe they’ve been trying to tell me for ten years.  Maybe I just wasn’t listening to my own precious characters.

Fueling Creativity

Hey, guys!

 

Writing is coming along nicely!  I wrote about 1,300 words tonight in my next project!  The hubby, Ryan, read it while I went to the grocery store tonight and told me he didn’t want to stop.  That’s always what a writer wants to hear.  It means we’re doing our job right!

 

Today, I want to give a little run down of my writing process.  When I first come up with a story, I’ve noticed it’s mostly because of a certain soon, music video, or dream.  I rarely have ideas that spring from nowhere.  It’s almost always something to do with music.  Some writers use nature, chores, or other forms of media to get ideas.  My inspiration almost always comes from music.

Long drives fuel creativity for me.  I will never do this in front of people, because if I did, ifI definitely be given weird looks.  But when I’m on long car rides, I imagine different scenes in my books, acting them out as if I were my characters.  I imagine how they would say things, how they would move, how they saw the world around them.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.

I write every morning until about noon then do stuff either around the house or errands of some sort.  I’m lucky enough to be blessed with a wonderful husband who supports everything I do and allowed me to stay home and treat writing like my career.  It’s what I’ve always dreamed of on lonely nights.

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time alone.  I was made fun of a lot and didn’t have many friends  This was a good thing, turns out, since I turned to my characters for supper when I needed a friend.  I had an experience the other day where I was feeling particularly down.  I started reading/editing The Holiday Spirit.  There’s a scene where Holly and Mr. Jasper are talking and he tells her that she’s incredibly brave.  I don’t say this to pat myself on the back, but it was a moment where my own writing spoke to me.  I felt as though he spoke to me rather than Holly and that was more comforting to me in that moment than anything anyone in real life could’ve said.

Writing has helped me sort out my thoughts and emotions toward things that have happened to me in my life.  It gives new life to past experiences I otherwise would still be wounded from.

God gave me a gift when he allowed me to become a writer.  It hasn’t been easy, by any means, but thus far, it’s worth it.  I’m becoming a writer who cannot function correctly without having my daily writing session.  I love everything I do for my characters and I love all of them for different reasons.

Ryan asked me once who my favorite character I’ve ever cheated was.  I didn’t know how to answer.  It’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child.  You can’t do it.

I think God sees all of us as protagonists in our own stories and He’s the writer.  He knows everything that’s going to happen, has happened, and is happening all the time.  He loves us and doesn’t like hurting us through trials, but knows it’ll benefit is in the end.

 

Just as an FYI reminder, the paperback version of The Holiday Spirit has been revoked from Amazon on account of mistakes found.  It’ll be republished for my #ChristmasInJuly promotion I’ll be doing this July, so make sure you subscribe to my mailing list on this site so you can be updated on all the goings on with that!  Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!  Thanks so much for your support!

 

Love,

~ Chandler R. Williamson

Intro

Hey, everyone!

 

My name is Chandler R. Williamson, I just published my first novel, The Holiday Spirit on Amazon, but am planning to re-publish it at the beginning of July with a few other surprises.  You can buy my book currently on Amazon, but I’m planning on making a few changes to the existing story that will be in the new version.

 

Backstory time!

I grew up in a town near Ogden, UT, called South Weber with my parents and three older brothers who homeschooled with me.  I always wrote mini stories and my family teases me by saying I’ve had a pencil in my hand since the womb.  When I was twelve, I started writing my first real story, The Island Stowaways, which may or may not become a legitimate novel I publish later on.  It was basically just a bunch of random ideas crammed into one long story.  I never did finish it.  Like I said, may or may not come to a conclusion (finally) later on.

My second book and the one that really made me realize how much I wanted to be a writer, was called Beyond My Words.  I came up with the idea as a thirteen-year-old girl while sitting in my bed, drawing a picture of random characters.  I was listening to the song “Unwritten,” by Natasha Bedingfield when I came up with the idea of a teenage girl who writes a story that comes to life.  My brain latched onto the idea and started processing the kind of things that could happen if that really happened.  I came to the conclusion, being a romance/fantasy lover, that she would write a story about a prince who is cursed to become a dragon every moonlit night and she has to find a way to break the curse on him that she’s created, or he could die.

Pretty intense stuff.

Thus, Beyond My Words and about ten years of obsession began!  I fell in love with writing stories so much that, when I was sixteen, my mom signed me up to a teen writing critique group that became some of the best people I know.  I spent every free minute I could staring at words on a computer screen, indulging myself in pouring over my story.

I came up with the concept of  The Holiday Spirit when I was about fourteen.  I had a dream that had pretty much absolutely nothing to do with how the story ended up turning out.  The only thing I remember from the dream was something about a magic carpet . . . No magic carpets in The Holiday Spirit now, unfortunately.  But I wrote it every Christmas every year after that until 2018 when I realized I could write it outside the holiday season.  Now, my book is out in the world for anyone who’s interested to read.

 

Away from my writing career, I married my wonderful husband, Ryan, August 16th, 2017, in the Provo City Center Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  We met three times at an LDS Institute of Religion before I remembered him.  He first noticed me through a mutual friend when I wore a shirt with a penguin on it.  We have a ridiculous obsession with penguins and both of us have been collecting penguin stuffed animals, so that’s why I mentioned it in my “About Me” section on the back of my book.  Like I said, we met three times before I remembered who he was.

I love Disney movies and have made a habit of collecting Disney Princess dolls and customizing them by repainting their faces and touching up their clothing and things like that.  I’ve done the same thing to create dolls resembling characters from my stories.  Pictures of these will be dominant on this website.

I’ve been drawing since I was two.  Most of my pictures are of characters from my novels, which will be posted in the future on this website too.

Taylor Swift is my main source of inspiration, especially for writing, drawing, and my music.  I also really enjoy artists such as Parachute, Chris Daughtry, One Direction, and Andy Grammer.

I taught myself to play the guitar, (twelve string and six string) and piano, mostly.  I can play instruments like ukelele and flute, but it’s not nearly as extensive.

I also love archery, which will be evident in my next book to be released in 2019.

 

I’m going to be releasing a new blog every Wednesday, so make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Sign up to my newsletter to be emailed about my latest activity.  Comment below and let me know what kind of things you’d like to see in my next blog.  (Ex. drawings of characters, videos of me playing the guitar or reading excerpts from my upcoming books, Barbie dolls of either my characters or Disney, etc.)

 

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Chandler R. Williamson

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