Monday, May 5, 2014

Interview with Richard Williams, author of The Disappearance of Jessie Hunter


Title: The Disappearance of Jessie Hunter Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Author: Richard Williams
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 174
Language: English
ISBN - 978-1-47599-936-5

  Jessie Hunter is spoiled and always has been. He is in college when his father unexpectedly dies, and he must return home to sort out the family funds. Jessie expects to become lord of the manor, taking over his father’s business and land and becoming the high-powered man his father always wanted him to be. But nothing is as it appears to be. Jessie soon comes to suspect that his father was murdered and that whoever killed his father now wants Jessie dead as well. He can’t be sure why, but he knows he’s being hunted and must go on the run. Jessie must place his trust in an estranged uncle he never knew in order to stay alive. Now in hiding, Jessie leans on others to find safety and answers. But how will this spoiled, sheltered young man be able to solve the mystery of his father’s death? In order to get his life back, Jessie must be strong or end up dead at the hands of his father’s assassin.

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How did you come up with the title of your book?

I was in Books-A-Million looking for someone to help me and couldn’t find a soul to help. I thought to myself, you could disappear in here and no one would ever know. Thus the title, ‘The Disappearance of Jessie Hunter.’

What is your writing environment like?

Normally, it’s quiet with soft music playing in the background. Always with two Shelties somewhere close by.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

I’m old school, so I still use books for reference, but also you have the internet which is very helpful. In fact right now I am using the internet more than just about anything else, so I guess you could say I am slowly changing.

What inspires you to write?

Writing was something I dreamed about when I was a kid in grade school. I read just about every book they had in the library about cowboys and soldiers.  

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

This is the fifth novel I have written, and I am still learning the need for patience, taking time to listen to what your own heart is telling you.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

This was a hard one for me to answer so I asked my wife with whom I have lived for over forty years. She said, ‘I was fair, understanding, honest, kind, willing to listen to the other person’s side of things. The list got kind of long, so I’ll cut it off with that.


Richard Williams is also the author of the Guardians series. He and his wife, Janice, have two children and two grandchildren. They currently live in Mississippi with their two shelties.

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