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Official Apex Reviews Interview: K. Williams (OP-DEC: Operation Deceit)
Thanks for joining us for this interview, K. We're looking forward to sharing more about your
book and other efforts with our readers.
What inspired you to craft this quite intriguing tale of mystery, suspense, and dark,
dangerous secrets? I grew up watching a lot of Film Noir of the war era, documentaries and
the like. I've always been fascinated by my grandparent's generation and the political/social
issues they were faced with.
What's the significance of the book's title? I actually had a hard time naming the book.
Originally I was just going to call it deceit. The bulk of a spy's trade is in deceits and the
story revolves around a major coverup that unravels in the heroin's lap. However, that
didn't seem sufficient. Historically, military operations are all named on a carefully outlined
acronym system, so I thought something more in line with the military aspect would be
stronger for the book. Yet, I struggled. Then one day, a colleague of mine at Empire State
College came up with OP-DEC: Operation Deceit. It sounded fabulous! It incorporated both
of the items of which I was thinking and had that hard bite of military espionage flavor.
How does Claire feel about being displaced from her beloved Boston at such a young age?
Claire is what I call an "internalizer". She loves her aunt very much, though you get the
defiant aspect of Claire's personality when they first meet. These two are very much alike,
strong willed and willing to do what it takes to survive. Claire is crushed to lose her mother,
but feels safe with her Aunt. So, leaving Boston allows her to pocket the emotions and go
on with her life in an environment that is supportive and removed from the incident. The
next instance you see her, she's grown up and you have the impression she's a rather
somber stoic, whereas the other young women are carefree and excited about the future.
Likely this is due to her shaky past. Claire's memory of Boston is tainted by the loss of her
mother and the memories of that evening, so leaving is actually a relief to her, and you see
that in how reluctant to return she is.
What is it about Carsten that makes him so mysterious? Carsten appears to have dropped
from the sky. All those present at the dinner party, except Claire's father, know nothing
about him but rumors. In addition, Claire was displaced from her family home, but she is
still in contact with her father, either through her aunt or brief visits, yet this man never
comes up until the visit following her graduation. Carsten is as displaced as her, which she
gathers not only from his sudden arrival but his West European accent, a dog whistle in the
climate of World War II. He's polite, attractive and attentive and has a compelling presence.
The truth about him is always veiled and he behaves in a manner that gives the impression
everything should already be known about him because he knows everything about her.
What kinds of reactions have readers had to the book thus far? The reactions have all been
positive. I was blessed to work with a great designer at inHouseGraphics.com, Scott Deyett,
to make a beautiful cover that captures the essence of the book and draws prospective
readers into my text. People are very excited to read the story when it's presented to them.
Once read, they can't wait to recommend it to friends and family and I've been asked if I'll
be continuing with a sequel. Several readers have re-read the text immediately after
finishing because they didn't want to put it down. I'm very encouraged!
Please share more with our readers about your debut offering, Blue Honor.
Blue Honor is a US Civil War drama that follows the lives of four families through wartime,
and how they become inextricably tied: the Conrads of vermont, dairy farmers, the
neighboring Howells, The elite Maynards of Maryland and the family of escaped slave
Henrietta Benson. The Conrads have planned a match for their daughter with their
neighbor's son Evan, who has no designs on Emily. He sees himself in quite different
circumstances than settling down with his childhood friend, as does she. The book carries
the reader through a realistic experience of the historical period and military life for Union
soldiers, with all of the dangers. As letters are exchanged on the slow mail circuit, a tension
builds wondering if the boys will make it through alive.
Currently, Blue is undergoing a review, and soon to be released in second edition. 1st
editions are still available.
What are your future writing/publishing plans? Currently, I am completing a Master's degree
in film, writing and history at Empire State College (May 2014), in which I will adapt OPDEC into a screenplay. My manager is reaching out to possible buyers for the film rights.
On deck, I have a trilogy called the Trailokya Trilogy which I have been working on for the
past year while attending graduate school. It's a fantasy/science fiction piece that
challenges our perception of our universe and world. In the text, I touch on serious topics
ranging from domestic violence, the possibility of angels and demons, the meaning of life
and the sentience of non-human species. The project originated as a screenplay called Faith
Fallen which can be read on my website for free (copyrighted). It has turned into a much
larger project that I hope will be received as well as OP-DEC, and is unlike anything I've
done yet. Excerpts can be found in the scribbles section of my website. The first book is
projected to release late summer/fall of 2014 - Trailokya, Book One: The Shadow Soul.
I'll be working on more historical novels, possibly including a sequel to OP-DEC, as well as
In addition to being an author, you're also an accomplished visual artist. Please share more
with our readers about your endeavors in that field.
I picked up digital photography as a hobby several years ago and have been blessed to
have some success with my images. My favorite subjects are wildlife, especially birds,
native to Upstate New York. I'm very into conservation and the environment, especially
Mountain Lions and Wolves. I'm hoping I can capture them someday with my camera, but
both species are rare/non-existent in the Northeast, as their numbers have been decimated
by encroachment, pollution and poor management.
My works have been featured in holiday greeting cards, calendars and in magazines. I
recently showed prints at the Student Academic Conference in Queens, NY for Empire State
College. One of the images was the Dusky Junco that they used for their holiday card last
December. In addition to photography, I paint digital and traditional works, digital collage
and design, and have the conceptual stages of a cartoon called Zo Duck underway. Zo can
be found on clothing items and in prints.
How can our readers learn more about you and your ongoing efforts? The best way to keep
up with me is to join my twitter feed of Facebook page. I'm also on linkedin. Stop by
http://bluehonor.com/social_media to see all my pages.
How can they contact you directly? Message, post, tweet on social media. I'm very active!
Any final thoughts you'd like to share? Thank you for the time and venue to present my
work to all your readers. I hope they'll be as excited as I am about the work I do.
Thanks again, K., and best of continued success to you in all your endeavors!