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Meet Kent Bright Young Thing Emily Williams

PUBLISHED: 11:57 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:57 11 February 2014

Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Rikard Osterlund

An aspiring young writer from Maidstone on her literary ambitions

Tell us about yourself 
My name is Emily Williams, I’m 20 years old and currently trying to adapt to life without ‘teen’ in my age. I have lived in the county town for all of my years and have studied at both Invicta and Maidstone Grammar School, where I developed a keen affinity for politics and philosophy – among other subjects. I’m a big Aristotle fan. After committing to fulfilling my dreams, I am now working as a freelance writer and I 
am also an aspiring author.

What are you doing currently? 
Since leaving school, I decided to not commit to anything that I wasn’t entirely sure about, such as university, so instead 
I decided to head into the world of work.

I’ve had some fantastic experiences, met some brilliant people and collected a few awards along the way, but the one constant that has remained in my life is writing.

After contacting the editors of various publications, including Sarah at Kent Life, who provided me with the most invaluable advice, I was guided along the path of a writing qualification – which I have now achieved – and began honing my craft 
as a freelance writer.

It is tremendously difficult and a constant battle attempting to forge a career in such a cut-throat industry, especially while crafting four novels simultaneously, but I’m determined to succeed.

Who or what has inspired you?

Creativity has always been a strong point for me; my imagination runs away with me. At the age of 11 I was published in the Young Writer’s Great Minds book as a result of winning a school competition and it has since become an everyday part of my life. To me writing provides the best outlet in the world; if you’ve had a bad day, it is a brilliant way to escape the world and recognise its problems, and if it has been a good day, it is a fantastic way to appreciate and praise the world.

What are your ambitions?

I would love to write full-time and have one, if not two, of my books published. However, my main ambition in life is to express creativity and to inspire – whether that is through writing a book that becomes an escape for someone, or proving that if you set your mind to it, you can do it, regardless of the challenges.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I would like to be spending my days working as a writer and an author and dreaming up my next novel from a quaint little book shop in the Kent countryside.

What’s best about Kent?

The best thing about living in Kent is 
that you can be totally surrounded by thousands of people in the hustle and bustle of a town centre, yet within a five-minute drive and barely a mile in distance covered, you can be in the middle of nowhere, with only the sound of birds and wind through the trees as company.

What are your other interests? 
Sport is a significant part of my life as I’ve competed at a national level and become a qualified coach in various sports. I’m also partial to a Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, but I’m definitely a cook, not a chef.

What was the last book you read? Elizabeth Haynes’ Into The Darkest Corner. I’ve read it a couple of times now due to the fact that she was a colleague of my parents before her best-selling success, so I find it brings with it the hope that it can happen to anyone if you work hard enough for it. n

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