Best-selling author speaks at library

Published 11:28 am Saturday, October 21, 2023

Beatriz Williams discussed her journey to becoming a New York Times best-selling author at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library on Wednesday.

Williams, who was selling her latest novel, “The Beach at Summerly,” said it was not a easy process and had to make difficult decisions.

“The business career was just a job,” Williams admitted.  “I knew going into a second career would be tough.”

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As Williams settled into full-time motherhood, she found opportunity to begin a writing career.  She and her husband, Sydney Williams, have four children and live in Greenwich, Conn.

“It was important job being a mother,” Williams said. “My kids give me so much perspective.”

Williams, who writes historical fiction, said she harbored dreams of writing as a child growing up in the Seattle suburbs.

“I was enormously fortunate to have parents who taught and encouraged me to read from a very young ago, and spent most of their very limited leisure budget on books, opera tickets, and annual family vacations to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” Williams said.