Author Spotlight: Keith Kareem Williams
Keith Kareem Williams – is the author of 15 books & currently working on his 16th. He still resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York where he delicately balances his time between his responsibilities as a single father as well as the challenges of being a full-time author. “In interviews, one of the most difficult questions I’ve been asked is, ‘What genre are your novels?’ because honestly, I never write with any particular style in mind. I enjoy blending styles and mashing different genres together in interesting ways. Basically, I pen whatever is in my heart and soul. However, if I had to describe my style I would use musical terms and say that I write Urban, Hip-Hop, fiction with the rhythm of Reggae that crashed into Heavy Metal and then began to bleed Neo Soul. I write Alternative Urban Fiction.”
“I have an idea book where I jot down plots and book titles as they come to me. As of today, I think I have over 120 of them written down so I’m not running out of story ideas anytime soon. I’m not able to write so many books because I’m a particularly fast writer but what I am is CONSISTENT.”
“Reem” is the author of over 20 books to date, with an idea book that’s bursting with more stories just waiting to be released to the world. That’s why I call him “The Man of Many Genres.”
I’ll let his interview speak for itself. Let’s go.
1.) Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been a full-time author for the past 11 years. I also raised a son and daughter on my own during that time, which hasn’t always been easy but, I wouldn’t change anything about our journey.
2.) Tell us the title of your book and what it’s about.
The title of my book is “Cursed Immortals, The Tower of Seven.” It’s a fantasy novel set in modern times with a protagonist that is determined to punish the immortals who ruined his life. On his quest for revenge, he was gifted a form of immortality but, at a great cost.
3.) What was the inspiration for this book?
I’ve always loved comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature so I wanted to create my own mythology, with characters that looked like me. There is a diverse group of individuals in the book but, I wanted the story to be relatable to me. As a kid, I always wondered what it would be like to have my own powers and what life would be like if I existed in a magical world like the ones I had always read about. I think that if I had attempted to write this story when I was much younger, the overall tone might not have been as grim and as dark as it is at times but, that’s the result of some of the things I’ve seen in this life.
4.) What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The hardest thing about writing this book was keeping the story somewhat contained. Whenever you write fantasy that involves “world-building” you run the risk of having the story spin off in a million directions which can cause you to lose your way. In this enormous universe that you’ve built in your imagination, the possibilities are endless and it’s very tempting to dive so deep that it would be impossible to tell the entire story in one lifetime.
5.) What was one thing you learned about yourself while writing this book?
I learned that being a father is, and has always been the most important thing for me. I think that is reflected in the motivations of Seven, my main character.
6.) What is your favorite part of Cursed Immortals: The Tower of Seven?
Good question. There are many parts that I’m still in love with but some of the banter between the characters I love. I tried to make sure that their conversations reflected their personalities. If I had to choose though, I love Seven’s interactions with the Sea Goddess.
7.) Describe your novel in one line.
A bold, imaginative and beautifully dark, modern fantasy!
8.) I heard there’s a sequel coming out for this book. Share more about it with us.
From the time I wrote the first chapter, I always intended for the book to be a series. I still don’t know how many books it will take to tell the complete story but, I know that it will be a few, with a few spin-off novellas as well. I want “Cursed Immortals” to be the type of epic storyline to capture the imagination of a few generations. The sequel is titled, “Cursed Immortals, The Black Throne” and things really escalate in that one. In the first book, I laid the groundwork and planted the explosives. In book 2, I light the fuse!
9.) Why did you choose to self-publish your novels?
I like having full control of my stories and how they’re written. I experiment a lot by mixing genres and I wanted the freedom to do that in any way I chose. Also, by self-publishing, I can release as many or as few books as I want in any given span of time. I quit my job to be a full-time author seeking freedom. That is exactly what I have by self-publishing.
10.) I call you “The Man of Many Genres” because you have a lot of books published and you write across a lot of genres. Tell us how you get so many books written and why you chose not to pick just one category to write in.
I have an idea book where I jot down plots and book titles as they come to me. As of today, I think I have over 120 of them written down so I’m not running out of story ideas anytime soon. I’m not able to write so many books because I’m a particularly fast writer but what I am is CONSISTENT. I’m usually working on at least three different books at the same time. Right now, I’m working on books that probably won’t be published for a few years. I also have books that are almost complete and ready to go. I chose to write in so many genres because I think I’d get bored sticking to just one. I’m that way with almost everything I enjoy. I read books of all genres, watch all types of movies and I listen to many different kinds of music. I never want to limit myself and I like pushing the boundaries of my creativity.
11.) Where can readers buy your books?
Readers can buy my books on Amazon. They can also buy books from me directly. I’m only an email or inbox message away.
12.) Where can our readers find you on social media?
Readers can find me on Facebook (Author Keith Kareem Williams), Instagram (@reemafterdark) and also Twitter (@reemafterdark).
Also, I would love it if they subscribed to my Patreon page where I post exclusives and behind-the-scenes footage from my adventures as an author and filmmaker. www.patreon.com/reemafterdark. I have different tiers with different benefits to each one.
13.) Do you have a website?
Audra Russell is a blogger, freelance writer, and published author. She holds two undergraduate degrees in journalism as well as a Master of Science degree in Education. She also completed the Wesleyan University online Creative Writing Specialization course series.
She is an avid reader and writer’s advocate. Her passion for promoting the works of up-and-coming authors inspired her to create her podcast, Between the Reads, as well as her website, Read It Black to Me. Her debut novel, BLOOD LAND, was published on August 29, 2020, as her fiftieth birthday gift to herself. She lives in Maryland with her husband of more than 20 years, her 3 amazing children, a 12-year-old perpetual puppy, two dueling cats, and her lone surviving chicken of 8 years who she affectionately renamed Gloria (she will survive!)