Lighting the Dark Side – Author Interview – William Potter

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                                                    Plighting-the-darker-sideaperback Writer introduces, William R. Potter, author of the collection of six short stories Lighting the Dark Side (Xlibris Corp.), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in November on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

Lighting The Dark Side is an anthology of short fiction including three novellas and three shorter works.

The Stories
Bent, Not Broken. An obsessive compulsive man falls in love; however, his disorder puts a severe strain on the relationship. Jealousy, low self-esteem, anxiety, and an increasing sense of violence engulf him until he pushes his new love away and falls into old habits of avoidance.

In the Gray. A seemingly mundane phone call between a grown son and his mother uncovers the reality of one man’s life. Tragedy interrupts the call seconds before the man can speak his truth and free his mind of decades of bitter animosity.

Prominent Couple Slain. A former big city police detective is weary of the horrors of homicide investigation. A few weeks after transferring to a small town police service he faces the brutality of murder once again when a prominent couple is found dead.

May 18, 2010. Growing pandemonium over the approach of an earth-grazing comet called Ivan is the backdrop for a man who is given numerous chances to make amends with his loved ones.

Blessing or Curse? Who wouldn’t enjoy winning the lottery? One man’s million dollar windfall becomes a curse when his son is abducted and held for ransom. Along with three friends, he takes up arms in a frantic effort to rescue his kidnapped child.

Surviving the Fall. A man with compassion for desperate souls meets a young street girl. Sickened by her life story, he impulsively offers her his couch for the night and then feels unable to send her away. The comfort the two find in their unorthodox relationship is short-lived; shattered by violence as the girl’s past catches up to her.

Hi Mr. Potter,

Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Hi. Thank you for having me on.

Paperback Writer (PBW): Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for Lighting the Dark Side?

William Potter (WP): Lighting the Dark Side is an anthology of short fiction including three novellas and three shorter works running the gamut of fiction genres. I believe everyone has a darker side to their personality that troubles those who witness it. For some it is pure evil and for others it’s anger management or perhaps jealousy. I think the key to triumphing over this darkness is to recognise it, and to turn a light on against it. This struggle became the theme and title of the book, as the characters in each story must first overcome their personal weaknesses in order to escape extraordinary situations.

PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

WP: I don’t use a written outline. I actually form the entire story in my head. The plot ideas come to me almost like a vision and I’m taken along for the ride. If the story excites me I will keep playing it through until I have the necessary characters, a beginning, middle and ending. I continue to shape the idea until I have a full picture of the completed story. This can take hours, days, and sometimes a story will stay in my head for years. When I feel like I have my protagonist and supporting cast, and if the story is clear, I will sit down and write it. Since a basic rough draft already exists in my mind, the first written draft comes very quickly.

PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

WP: Yes. Sometimes the ending will be completely different than the original but I don’t begin to write a story until I have a good idea how it will end.

PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?

WP: I know that the rule of thumb is to sketch full bios of our characters so we get to know them. However, this has never really worked for me. Much like how I outline the story I form the characters in my mind first. I think about the person and ask myself a few questions, such as does he or she talk with an accent, walk with a limp, or have bad breath and body odour? This stirs up entirely different ideas for the person. Usually I create the characters as I need them and they evolve along with the plot. Sometimes a person will end up inserted into an entirely different story than the one they were meant for.

PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

WP: It wasn’t intentional; however, I have noticed myself in several of my characters. I don’t have an anxiety disorder but I have often felt like an outsider at work, and earlier at school, and some of that shows up in Dwayne from the novella “Bent, Not Broken.” The loneliness and need to connect with someone that is apparent in James in the closing story “Surviving the Fall” is borrowed from the depressing months immediately following the end of my first marriage.

PBW: What is your most favorite part about Lighting the Dark Side?

WP: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has plagued Dwayne Johnson his entire life. He is estranged from his parents; his coworkers torment him; his one girlfriend left him for another man; and he has struggles with alcohol. Then along comes Dee-Dee and for a short time she allows him to feel human and normal. This is my favourite story in the collection and it has garnered wonderful response from readers.

PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

WP: I want readers to find themselves unready to leave the lives of the characters, thinking about the stories later on, wondering about Dwayne and Dee-Dee or James and Ashley and wishing that the stories would go on a little longer.

PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?

WP: Yes I’m in the rewrite stage of a sequel to the short story “Prominent Couple Slain” from Lighting the Dark Side called DEAD of KNIGHT—A Jack Staal Mystery. It should be available by Christmas 2009. I enjoy the Detective Jack Staal character and have ideas in mind for at least two more sequels.

Another completed novel manuscript is about an average family man and how he and his wife deal with his depression and addiction following the sudden tragic loss of his eyesight. Falling Down the Hole is my 2010 project, and I daydream about it becoming my first book published by a traditional publisher.

PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

WP: It’s a lot of work, but definitely worth the time. Jamie at Pump has been wonderful. She answers my e-mail questions quickly, sometimes in only a few minutes.

PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

WP :The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and most online book sellers like, Target, and

PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?

WP: Yes, I invite readers to visit either of my sites at or

Thank you, Mr. Potter for sharing your book and characters with us today.
Thanks again for having me here.

THE LIGHTING THE DARK SIDE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on November 3 and end on November 26. You can visit William’s blog stops at in November to find out more about his latest book!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner(s) will be announced on November 30!
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