Today we’re in conversation with Ali Williams – Wildfire Women speaker and aficionado of all things chick lit (and Italian food…)
Tell us what you do – and more importantly, why you do it?
By day I work within academic services in higher education (essentially, I’m a timetabling queen), but by night I’m an editor for an online romance magazine, a line editor for romance novels and an academic.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you (or your industry)?
Romance as a genre and an industry gets put down by pretty much everyone with comments such as “the books are all the same”, “they’re one big cliche” and “they’re misogynistic”. My academic research argues that these books are worthy of scholarly scrutiny, and my work with PHS magazine revels in the weird and wacky world of the publishing industry.
What women in your life have been your biggest inspiration or mentors?
The women in my family, who faced unbelievable odds in their lives; the women writers within my romance community who are funny and supportive and the best cheerleaders a girl can have; and my friends, all of who continue to inspire me everyday.
What one change would you most like to see in the world?
Better communication; whatever form that takes. And by communication I don’t just mean talking, I mean listening as well.
What are you most looking forward to at Wildfire Women?
Being able to mingle with like-minded people who want to celebrate creativity, business and entrepreneurship.