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Interview with Richard Williams, author of The Disappearance of Jessie Hunter


Jessie Hunter is spoiled and always has been. He is in college when his father unexpectedly dies, and he must return home to sort out the family funds. Jessie expects to become lord of the manor, taking over his father’s business and land and becoming the high-powered man his father always wanted him to be. But nothing is as it appears to be.

Jessie soon comes to suspect that his father was murdered and that whoever killed his father now wants Jessie dead as well. He can’t be sure why, but he knows he’s being hunted and must go on the run. Jessie must place his trust in an estranged uncle he never knew in order to stay alive.

Now in hiding, Jessie leans on others to find safety and answers. But how will this spoiled, sheltered young man be able to solve the mystery of his father’s death? In order to get his life back, Jessie must be strong or end up dead at the hands of his father’s assassin.

Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

The story is about a young man named Jessie who is going home because of the death of his father. Jessie and his dad haven’t been that close the last few years of his father’s life and now he had to go home to find out the truth about his father’s death. He meets his uncle that he really never knew, only to find out that there was more to him than just the causal glance would reveal. Jessie finds himself having to fake his own death and go into hiding. But what he learns during that time is what is going to help make him the man his father always wanted to be. I wrote this book because I believe it is a story that will inspire someone to believe they can be more than they are and that it is never too late to change.

What were some of the biggest challenges you face writing it?

Having dyslexia causes you to face so many challenges. Seeing words backward as you try to write is one of the biggest though. Computers have been a lifesaver though.

Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, I plan to write more books about Jessie Hunter as well as other story lines.

When and why did you begin writing?

The first novel was about two special Shelties who were guardians. They had special gifts which helped them to carry out their mission in life. It was one of those stories that just wouldn’t let you go. I had to write it.

What is your greatest strength as an author?

My imagination would have to be one of my greatest strengths. I have always had a very good imagination growing up and it has never left me.

Did writing this book teach you anything?

Yes in some areas. I already had a second degree black belt, and I do workout as much as I can. I did do a lot of reading about spies during the second Would War, and learned a lot about how we won that war. I used some things I learned from reading those books, in this story.


Richard Williams is also the author of the Guardians series. He and his wife, Janice, have two children and two grandchildren. They currently live in Mississippi with their two shelties.

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