Meet Our Members: Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams was born and raised in BC and now lives in Swift Current with her wee family. She loves to create; writing, painting, knitting, sewing, crochet, scrapbooking, pottery, stained glass… you name it and she has something in her house that she made herself, even if it didn’t turn out very good. An advocate for mental health awareness, her first book, Mama’s Cloud was named one of the best indie books of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews. Her favorite quote is “in a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Describe your workspace.

I just did a renovation to give myself more space, but up until now it was a tiny upcycled desk in a corner of the spare room. 

Describe a typical workday.

I don’t have a typical work day, ha! Every day is different. If I have a book coming out, my day is focused largely on social media and planning. Mostly I will spend my time playing with whatever manuscript or idea is stuck in my brain. 

List three of your most favourite things in your workspace and why they are meaningful.

My plants, especially my shamrock because it took a long time to find a place where it was happy and it turns out my office is that space.
My laptop because it was an investment I made in my writing and it reminds me of my commitment.
When I have a new title coming out, I will get a single illustration from that book printed on a small canvas. They hang over my desk and remind me of what I’ve accomplished.

Do you have any rituals in your work habits?

Not really. I do love a good cuppa when I’m working though.

What do you listen to while you work?

Nothing. I can’t listen to music without trying to memorize the lyrics so it’s too distracting.

What is your drink and/or snack of choice while you’re working?

Tea. All of the tea. 

How do you develop your story ideas? Do you use an outline, let the muse lead you, or another technique?

I make general notes on an idea or line that has stuck with me and then try to flesh it out from there, usually by drawing big webs of ideas all over pages and whiteboards.

If you were forced to share your workspace but could share it with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?

An illustrator, like Anna Daviscourt or Jessika von Innerebner. I love their work and I’d love to watch them create. I probably wouldn’t get anything done though…

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve heard or received?

It’s common advice, but write every day. 

Thanks to Jennifer Chambliss Bertman for the use of her Creative Spaces interview questions.

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