Friday, January 30, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Preslaysa Williams

Winner of Lori Benton's Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn: Grace M!
And Loree Huebner is the winner of the tax relief give-away!
I'm excited to introduce to you all to a fellow aspiring authoress. My beautiful friend, Preslaysa Williams. You'll find she's as awesome as her picture and ten times the sweetness.


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So tell us what first inspired you to write your current book?

My current book, which is my second contemporary romance but the third book I’ve completed, came about when an image of an old, abandoned country church came to mind. I wrote in my spiral notebook about the church, describing it, pondering its story. Then a Bible verse came to mind:  “Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” I set my little writing snippet aside and went about my business, but that church stayed with me.  When something sticks with me, I delve deeper with it. If it doesn’t stay, I let it go. After I finished working on my middle grade novel, I created characters who had been affected by this old church. Right now, I’m editing the story.

2.       Who is your most favorite character (and yes, you HAVE to pick one J)

My favorite character is Havah in Tosca Lee’s Havah. I loved Havah’s perspective of life before and after The Fall. I was literally weeping when I finished the story because I could relate to Havah’s heart, her yearning to return to the Garden and have unbroken fellowship with her Creator.

3.       Is there a spiritual element or thread you hope your readers to catch as they read?

Hmmm…we don’t have to work to fix ourselves or our past mistakes. Jesus has already done the work. We simply have to receive it by faith and walk in His grace and His power. I once read a book that said God created man on the sixth day and on the seventh day, He rested. As a result, man began his existence on this planet from a position of rest, not work. The thought struck me as both obvious and profound. This idea came out while writing my current story.

4.       Where are you at in your writing career? Published, not published, searching, unsure?
Right now I am a pre-published novelist, and I’m training myself to be a book writing and editing machine. I call it training because it can be a challenge to write as a mom with small children. I’m gathering as many tricks in my arsenal as possible so that I can do this without sacrificing time with my family. (I had a light bulb moment when I discovered that limiting my time on the internet helps, lol.) I love writing fiction. I know I love it because I’ve stuck with it for seven years now-I can’t say the same for my multiple direct selling ventures :-/

Favorite color and why?
Pink because I’m a girl.

6.       Favorite restaurant?
I love Indian food. If you take me to an Indian restaurant, I’ll love you forever.


7.       On our blog, Erica constantly tries to introduce the concept of tea drinking. So, are you in her camp, or do you side with Anne and I as bonafide coffee drinkers?
Grr…why do I have to choose? Truth be told, I drink English breakfast tea with soy milk and two teaspoons of brown sugar at breakfast, and I have coffee (a Starbucks latte from their storefront or Starbucks coffee from my pantry) in the afternoon to ready myself for editing.  I am caffeinated for a good part of the day :-/

8.       Tell us about the last thing that scared you to pieces

My husband recently went on a getaway with the children for the weekend so I can have a quiet house to myself. (Yeah, he’s the best) I didn’t know what to do with myself! So I decided to listen to an audiobook in my bedroom and fold laundry. (I live a pretty wild life, huh?) Anyway, while I was listening, my back was turned to the door, and the door creaked open. I thought I saw the shadow of a person and FREAKED OUT. It was just my crazy cat.

9.       Your favorite all-time cartoon as a kid and what was it about it that you liked so much?
Thundercats. I had a crush on Lionel. I thought he was VERY HANDSOME. Don’t ask why a seven year old thought a lion was handsome. Maybe it was his commanding presence, muscled arms and chiseled cheekbones.

 They call me the Selfie Queen which sounds terribly self-absorbed. So can you save my reputation and share the honor by posting a selfie here? J

Sure! This is a selfie of me and my 4 yo right before we headed out to story time. I have on my Mom face, and he has on his kid face. It was also one of my first ventures into Selfie Land.



How do our readers connect with you, buy your books, or follow your writing journey?

You can visit me at www.preslaysa.com I blog on Mondays and Thursdays about love in all its forms. I also welcome guest bloggers so if you want to be on the blog, feel free to contact me. 

It took me a while to figure out the purpose of my blogging and my novel writing, but it’s become clear to me as of late. Novel writing and blogging is my little way to bring light to a dark world. (Cheesy? Yes. True? Double yes.)

Here are my other social media spots:

Last but not least, what’s one story idea you’ve had that ventures out of your typical genre?
I’ll give you two!
My middle grade novel is about a Los Angeles based tween television star who gets her hit show cancelled. Afterwards, her parents divorce. Her show biz crazy Mama moves them to New York and enrolls her in a competitive performing arts school. She hates the school and she hates acting, but she has to navigate all that in the story.

I also have a half-written young adult novel about a teenage girl who descended from a fallen angel and a human. She struggles with the fact that her father (who is the fallen angel) is labeled as evil and is bound for hell because of his choice to love her mother. She has only seen her father’s loving side and just doesn’t get all of God’s rules. Man…that sounds good! I may resurrect it one day.

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This is one swell lady!! So head over to her web site and FB and so on! Get to know Preslaysa! You won't regret it! AND!! Leave a blog comment to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card from Prelaysa and some Wisconsin roasted coffee from me! :)



BIO: Preslaysa Williams (pronounced press-lay-suh) is a novelist and expert multi-tasker. She writes and edits fiction while her children nap and reads novels during her (almost) daily walks. A 2013 ACFW Genesis finalist and a 2014 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist, she writes inspirational romance and middle grade fiction of the happily ever after sort. Visit her online at www.preslaysa.com 




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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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29 comments:

  1. These stories sound great! I'm looking forward to reading them someday. Love the selfie pic too! Thanks for having Preslaysa, Jaime!

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    1. I want Preslaysa published NOW! :) I want to read her stuff! :)

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  2. I enjoyed meeting Preslaysa. She sounds like an amazing woman! Keep sharing those selfies!

    Blessings :)

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    1. And she's a sweetheart in person too. Her hubby's pretty nice as well!

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    2. And she's a sweetheart in person too. Her hubby's pretty nice as well!

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    3. Nice to meet you, Caryl. Hopefully one day we'll meet in person. Jaime, you made me smile.

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    4. Caryl! You're the WINNER of the Amazon gift card from Preslaysa and the coffee from moi!! Shoot me a pm on FB with your email address so Preslaysa can get that card to you and your mailing address so you can get some yummy coffee!

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    5. I am so happy to have won! Thank you so much. :)

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  3. Ooh, I am intrigued by these stories Preslaysa!

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  4. The stories sound great and I love tea too.

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    1. I'm surrounded by tea drinkers! :)

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    2. Thank you, Ladonna! Yes, Jaime you are surrounded by tea drinkers. But I did have a cup of coffee this morning in your honor :-)

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  5. Pink is my favorite color, too :)

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    1. It's a popular favorite color :)

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    2. Yes, I like girly stuff. Pink goes with it. My wristwatch is pink too!

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  6. I love the giveaways! And what a beautiful name, Preslaya!

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    1. Thanks, Kate. You can thank my mom for my name. I was originally going to named be Deborah, but my mom's friend suggested that I be named after both of my parents :-) Funny, because my mom in law's name is Deborah. So we have a Deborah in the family :-)

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  7. Sounds like a great story.. Enjoyed meeting you!

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  8. Thanks for having me, ladies! I wasn't able to hop on yesterday because I caught a case of the sickies and went to bed earlier than I intended. I'm feeling better now though :-)

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  9. Preslaysa, what a beautiful and unusual name. Is there a story behind it? And what a cutie pie 4 yr old! I have a 4 yr old granddaughter. Aren't they

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  10. Aren't they a mess ( 4 yr olds) didn't get to finish my comment above! Pink is my favorite color too but not for your reason. I'm a breast cancer survivor!

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  11. Oh my, you brought back some fun memories with Thundercats! My brothers and I loved them! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  13. Hello!

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