S.A. Williams’ “Anna’s Secret Legacy” featured in Suburban Life magazine

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S.A. Williams, author of the 1940 thriller “Anna’s Secret Legacy,” shares her remarkable story

By Bill Donahue

S.A. Williams’ life has been anything but ordinary, one that fans of suspense fiction might want to read about in a novel … or see come alive on a movie screen.

Although she now resides in the Philadelphia suburbs, Williams is truly a student of the world. She was educated in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels and other bastions of culture throughout Europe, and she has also lived in metropolitan cities throughout New York, Rhode Island and Texas. After completing her formal education, she made a name for herself as both an artist and a prominent businesswoman. She developed an interest in film early on, and in the course of her 20 years as a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), she worked on the sets of Philadelphia-based films such as “The Age of Innocence,” “Rocky Balboa” “The Sixth Sense,” “Philadelphia” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; she also worked on “Franny,” a project starring Richard Gere that is currently in post-production. Along the way, she has forged bonds with heads of state and titans of the silver screen, as well as CEOs of multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical firms, leaders of revered universities and other A-list luminaries.

It should come as no surprise, then, that her first novel, “Anna’s Secret Legacy,” is so imaginative and ambitious. At its heart, “Anna’s Secret Legacy” is a World War II-era love story set in the days leading up to Adolph Hitler’s invasion of Denmark and Norway. This is hardly a typical Harlequin romance novel. Instead, Williams’ story focuses on the molecular discovery of a substance known that comes from sulfur water. In her book, Williams imagines this secret formula that comes from sulfur water as a sort of cure-all with the ability to restore damaged DNA cells, thereby making the human body impervious to disease. In the wrong hands, however, this secret formula, if chemically manipulated, has the potential to wipe out humanity. Historically accurate and scientifically plausible, the book is based on meticulous research—“I read 700 books and thousands of articles over a two-year period,” the author says—and interviews with experts in their respective fields.

“Anna’s Secret Legacy” also explores time-tested themes such as family and romantic love, dissecting the relationship between two people to which love has never come easy. The tension begins when U.S. Navy Reserve pilot Doug Conyers embarks on a confidential mission to gather intelligence in Paris and Copenhagen. When he meets a brilliant, beautiful young woman—Anna, the research scientist who has unraveled the mystery surrounding sulfur water’s startling potential—at a jazz club in Denmark, both of their lives are forever changed. With Doug’s help, Anna must prevent her discovery from becoming a weapon for bioterrorism. As the Germans invade in search of resources to fuel Hitler’s war machine, Anna realizes she must flee to keep her secret hidden, especially if she is to save her severely ill sister, Britta.

“Most people just go about living their lives—surviving vs. achieving,” Williams says. “We’re told to abandon our youthful fantasies, and over time that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Although my story takes place in the 1940s, it speaks to people across all demographics because it deals with the discovery of something that could cure cancer and be a cure for germ warfare. All of us in our lives know someone who has passed away from cancer or some other sickness. My overall message is that we should never stop trying new things and never give up hope.”

Articulate and highly educated, Williams earned her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. After college, she became credentialed in Global Marketing and Management, Entrepreneurship and The CEO Leadership Program from the renowned Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned Global Marketing and Strategic Management credentials from Harvard Business School. She is equally distinguished in her artistic pursuits. In addition to being a veteran SAG member, she earned bronze, silver and gold medals from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. One might best describe her as a rare breed—equal parts artist and businesswoman, writer and producer, actress and science enthusiast with a keen interest in the works of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.

Response to her action-packed novel has been extraordinary, as evidenced by online reviews and the fact that its Facebook page has garnered more than 100,000 “likes” since the book’s publication in July 2010. She has since adapted “Anna’s Secret Legacy” into a screenplay she describes as a 1940 thriller that begins in Copenhagen. Williams is now at work researching, writing and assertively marketing a sequel, “Mackenzie’s Secret,” which she envisions as both a novel and multi-season TV series.

“I originally wanted to do a TV series, and I wanted an intelligent series that would engage people emotionally and intellectually,” she says. “I wanted to do something fun that wasn’t catering to the lowest common denominator. … I’ll work till the sun comes up sometimes because I get so caught up in the story. I think it would make a great TV series or a great film.”

Such optimism appears to be well founded, as Williams suggests a number of notable producers, actors and other Hollywood VIPs have shown significant interest in her project.

“Anna’s Secret Legacy” is available as a hard copy through http://www.amazon.com, http://www.bn.com and other online booksellers or as an e-book for Kindle. For more information on the author and her upcoming projects, visit http://www.annassecretlegacynovel.com or find “Anna’s Secret Legacy” on Facebook.


Anna’s Secret Legacy-A Secret Look-Who is Anna and Why should We Care?

Anna’s Secret Legacy- A Secret Look- Who is Anna and Why Do We Care?

Anna is more than just the proverbial star of the show in Anna’s Secret Legacy. As the protagonist, she serves as the mother framework for this project. Struggling with her choices ethically, she succeeds in making the right ones. We see her as beautiful and intelligent, but the co dependency, caretaker issues, become more evident, as we are drawn into her character.  Her love for her younger sister, Britta, is a perfect example of a dysfunctional family relationship.

Anna is the eldest child of middle class parents. Her Mother’s early influence on Anna as an herbalist has a strong influence on Anna’s career choice in research medicine. Her mother’s early death, throws her into primary caretaker of the household.  She was sent to Cambridge at age 16 and graduates at 20, get her PhD in biology, at age 23. 

She has been working as a research scientist at the prestigious Neils Bohr Institute for a few years.  A dysfunctional and chaotic family, thrusts a lot of responsibility on her at a young age, which is overwhelming.  She is attractive and sensitive whose early years had given her a far greater than ordinary need for genuine unstinted love. In Doug she seems to find at last what she had sought above all else.

By being strong and helpful to others, she protects herself from the panic, surrounds herself with people she can help, in order to feel safe and in control.

When she meets Doug, a fast acting cocktail of neuro chemicals is set off. A rush of laser focused attraction opens the door to a whirlwind courtship. Anna may not have wanted to meet anyone that night, but her brain had other plans that are deep and primitive. Both Doug and Anna will come up against anxiety, threats and mind numbing joys, over which they have little control, as they try to build a future together.

Anna’s spontaneous dreams are relatively easy to interpret. Fostering and interpreting diagnostic and curative dreams was essential to the methods of ancient Greek and Egyptian healing temples and was practiced by Hippocrates and Galen. Anna well understands that the mind and body communicate with each other constantly and that most of this communication is on an unconscious level.

Doug’s mother died when he was a young boy. Nothing in Doug’s life prepared him to be emotionally involved with another person in a loving, committed relationship. For most of his life he had actively been seeking a feeling of strength and safety by engaging in dangerous escapades. He used involvement in danger to avoid feeling pain and helplessness at being emotionally abandoned by his mother (albeit no fault of hers because she died)- when he meets Anna he is enchanted by her appealing looks and tender attitude toward him. She responds with sincere interest and deep compassion.  When he sees Anna, a signal went off for mating and long term attachment- his heartstrings finally got the attention of his very self sufficient and independent male brain.

Where would their journey take them…? Read the book, if you’ve not already..it appears that they have leapt from solitary inner lives to one of genuine connection-a place we all crave, whether we admit it or not. http://www.annassecretlegacynovel.com

Anna’s Secret Legacy: A Single Story and The Big Picture

Anna’s Secret LegacyHello! It’s been a while since we checked in—things here have been hectic, in the good way. I’m happy to report that enthusiasm for the book hasn’t waned one iota since original publication—if anything, it’s growing, and morphing. We’re seeing new fans and other interested parties (read that, Hollywood Types) popping up in places we hadn’t anticipated. I guess that’s one of the signs that “Anna’s Secret Legacy” tells a story that is universal at its core. Yes, the setting, the characters, the particulars all come together to tell a story that’s set in a certain time in history. But my aim when writing the book was to create a story that would be just as valid 100 years from now as it is today—or during World War II. The tale, itself, is about one man, one woman, one especially suspenseful period of time.

But love—like other intangibles such as loyalty, patriotism, freedom—is an eternal value. And everyone, it seems, can embrace these values. So I find it to be particularly gratifying to receive emails from readers who tell me their own stories of love and intrigue, and how “Anna’s Secret Legacy” moved them, or made them think. Just as interesting are the notes I receive in which new-found friends tell me their own tales of love, loss, discovery and espionage. Writing responses to these communications is almost as satisfying as was writing the book. Sharing a story with so many good, thoughtful people unites me with people I might not have met before I wrote the book.

I’m in a new place now, one of reflection on the past—both World War II, and the time that I wrote the book—and of the present, and the future. The present is filled with swirling thoughts of offers, potential offers and decisions to be made. The future will be chock-full of writing: the final polish screenplay for the film, and the sequel to the original tome. And who knows what else will come with each passing minute, day, month? I can’t tell you what the future holds, but I do promise to keep you updated as we grow with this journey. The historic novel has its roots in one period of time, but—like the future that lies before me, before “Anna’s Secret Legacy”—the story contained within the covers will grow fearlessly as we walk bravely forth. I promise to take you all with me as we move into that fascinating new place—who knows? You may be inspired to create your own book and allow that book to take you to a wonderful, unforeseen future.


Anna’s Secret Legacy-Wings N Wheels Book signing this Sat, Sept 8th

Its hard to believe but summer is over! I am excited to do a book singing for Angels in Flight for the Wings N Wheels community day this Sat, Sept 8th @t Wings Airfield in Blue Bell, PA from 10am-noon! Please join us and get your personally signed copy of WWII suspense story ‘Anna’s Secret Legacy’!

We have been working very hard- talking to producers and talent  for the screenplay as well as working on the sequel. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook and check out our website http://www.annassecretlegacynovel.com. Many Thanks to all our wonderful fans and friends for the fantastic support and following. Now in 110 countries and almost 71,000 fb fans- I am grateful! Please help us get to 100,000. Available on Amazon, Kindle, B&N.com


Novelist Has Hollywood In Mind For Anna’s Secret Legacy


Anna’s Secret Legacy author S.A Williams to talk about the writing the Novel and Screenplay, April 12th, Blue Bell, PA

Author S.A Willliams will talk about writing Anna’s Secret Legacy next Thursday April 12th @ 1pm @ The Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell, PA. Get your autographed copy for summer reading! Hope to see you there!

Another great event -we will be one of the featured authors @ The WWII Air Show in Reading, PA on June 1,2,&3 See Maam.org for details! (over 10,000 people expected-get your tickets now!).