You Have No Imagination

Hello, and welcome to Four Foxes One Hound. Our featured author today is Andrew Williams author of Arcadia’s Children, which is published by Wings ePress. Andrew is sharing a bit of his writing history with us so Andrew welcome to the blog.

Thanks, Elaine. I’m glad to be here.

My mother said, “You’ll never be writer, you’ve got no imagination.”

Despite the faint praise I pushed on.


I have always wanted to write. You either have the urge to create or you don’t.

My first attempt at writing was a technical book – Domestic Building Surveys.  It was published by Spon. It was recommended reading for several universities.

I didn’t tell my mother.

My second book was A Practical Guide to Alterations and Extensions. This was also published by Spon and once again I hid my light under a bushel.

I then decided to write a novel. In truth wrote ten books but nine went in the bin. Eventually, Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge was finished.

I sent the manuscript to a number of British publishers but only the vanity publishers were interested. Bung us £2750.00 and your book goes into print. Luckily Wings wanted it and it’s now available.

So back to my mother!  You will recall her saying, “You’ll never be writer, you’ve got no imagination.”

In one of my reviews said:-

Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge – Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Scheming Droids Collide, in Epic Novel Hailed “A Cracking Good Read”!

Written from the unconventional imagination of Andrew R. Williams, ‘Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge’ knows no boundaries as it throws readers into a world of aliens, robots, futuristic clones, murder and a perilous journey to a restricted planet. It’s a true sci-fi and fantasy epic, that one reader recently described as, ”… Beware: with monsters leaping out of every corner, bombs exploding and scheming droids brainwashing people left right and centre, this is not a book to read just before you go to bed otherwise you will have nightmares!”

The best advice I can give is, develop an unconventional imagination.

Arcadia’s Children 2: The Fyfield Plantation will be with you shortly.


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to You Have No Imagination

  1. kathleenbee says:

    How interesting! Did your mother finally discover that you write books?


  2. Welcome to the blog, Andrew! I hope you have great success! Negative feedback can be a great motivator.I had a priest friend who said that what got him through his long hours at the seminary was that his grandmother laughed when she heard that he wanted to be a priest. His revenge? He called her forward after his ordination and gave her his first blessing. I bet your mom will be very proud of you.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    It’s great to hear testimonies of writers overcoming obstacles, including nay-sayers. Congratulations to you, Andrew, for prevailing.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Thanks so much for coming to the blog, Andrew. Your book sounds great.


  5. Congratulations on your book. It sounds intriguing. How wonderful that you didn’t allow anyone’s doubts to stop you from what you wanted to do.


  6. Patricia Kiyono says:

    When someone says you can’t do something, you either give up or do all you can to prove him/her wrong. So glad you chose the second route! Congratulations, and best wishes for more success!


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