Local author draws from past experiences while going by multiple pen names

Langley City’s Jim Williams, aka Sofia T Garcia, recently released the romance novel Emilia’s Hope

Don’t be confused if the cover of the new novel Emilia’s Hope says that its written by Sofia T Garcia – rest assured, the book was done by local author Jim Williams.

Williams, a 62-year old Langley City resident, said he first discovered the act of writing when he searched for a hobby to keep his mind busy.

“A little over twenty years ago, after reading some recent science evaluations that keeping the brain active had some benefits in delaying the onset of dementia, I started looking for something to actively occupy my mind,” Williams explained.

“I wrote a short, funny piece on Vancouverites driving habits and showed it to a friend. He suggested I might have found the hobby I’d been looking for,” he continued, joining writing groups and penning short stories for a now defunct magazine quickly after.

The author was born in North Vancouver, lived in Cloverdale, and has resided where he does now for the past three years; before his writing career, he managed to spend 10 years in Mexico, which has since acted as a source for inspiration.

“My first project was a series of three monumental novels, which – though not publishable – gave me an immense amount of practice. From those hundreds of thousands of words came my first published short story about the struggles of an indigenous Mexican woman to educate herself,” Williams explained.

What followed was Haunting of the Wired Monk, the first of three in a series of published young adult novels called The Coventry Ghosts, where Williams uses his own name.

The Latina pen name Sofia T Garcia was used for his second book series, the romance novels Mestiza, which combines the words Mexican and Latina.

READ MORE: Fort Langley author revisits fictional island community

“Romance is 90 per cent of the fiction published today, and that has been the case for a couple of decades. The second reason I chose romance as one of my genres, was it lets me get into the heads of two — sometimes more people — who are learning about one another,” Williams said.

He explained the the reason for using a pen is to avoid any confusion between his adult books and young adult novels.

“Most romance publishers, only accept writers who are women or use female pen names,” Williams added.

After his book Quadratic Equations was published by erotic romance imprint eXtasy books, his newest work Emilia’s Hope was passed to their sister publisher Devine Destinies, which publishes a wide range of novels.

Emilia’s Hope comes from my personal experience with addictive behaviour and likely my own frustration with provincial politics,” Williams said. “I used SMART Recovery to learn how to overcome my addiction, and offered the novel to the board of SMART, which approved my use of their name and tools in the novel.”

SMART stands for self-management and recovery training and is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance and tools to individuals seeking addiction treatment.

The novel tells the story of a woman trying to quit her addiction to oxycodone and alcohol. She attends a SMART Recovery meeting where she unexpectedly falls in love.

“I’m working on the third book in the Mestiza series, in which I delve even deeper into the world of addiction,” Williams said.

A cabinetmaker by trade for the past 35 years, Williams noted that his job is still his main income, though the sales of his novels are growing.

“The one I’m presently working on mostly happens in Langley City. I like using local locations as it makes it easy to describe things and places realistically,” he said.

Emilia’s Hope, along with all of Williams’/Garcia’s works, are available on Amazon.

Williams will appear at the Golden Ears Writer’s and Readers Festival on Jan. 18.


Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Canadian police to make home visits to enforce mandatory quarantine for travellers

Police forces have been asked to help verify Canadians are complying with the Quarantine Act

VIDEO: North Otter teachers throw ‘emotional’ parade for cooped-up students

North Otter Elementary is the latest Langley school to tell its students: ‘We miss you’

Cancellations of plant orders prompt advent of pop-up garden shops

A Langley nursery is partnering with local eateries to sell 40 acres of veggie plants and flowers

Aldergrove man battles ‘really scary’ stage four cancer diagnosis amid COVID-19 crisis

Luke Harris and girlfriend Ashley are out of work and in self isolation, due in part to the pandemic

Stop dropping off donations outside closed stores and bins, Salvation Army says

Organization remains closed due to coronavirus pandemic

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

B.C. jails grant early release for close to 100 inmates due to COVID-19

The move, which impacts offenders serving intermittent sentences, is to prevent spread of virus

COVID-19 world update: U.S. to start antibody tests; drones enforce lockdown in Italy

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news from around the world

Lower Mainland hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

Co-owner of Wanstalls says increase due to a variety of reasons

People needing addiction services feeling ‘abandoned’ during pandemic

The province is trying to increase access to addiction care through a phone line of experts, doctors

COVID-19: B.C. ER nurse self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

Most Read