Native Memphian Bill grew up eating wild blackberries while riding his bicycle on back-country roads, day-dreaming about spaceships and devouring books. He has read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ 32 times so far.
Grooming four acres of land east of Memphis maintains his boyish figure. Bill loves nothing more than reading (and writing!) an enthralling book, while ignoring 8 barking dogs and two cranky old cats, four nests of screeching hawks bordering his property, various bobcats and coyotes, and a constant barrage of cartoons aimed at a 3 year old.
His indulgent wife just shakes her head and smiles.
The car was hot and had no air conditioning. In 1962, you rolled down your window to cool off during summer. So I did, and wrote a note in the margin of the paperback I was reading. Samuel Eliot Morrison’s The Two Ocean War did not need my opinion, but I gave it anyway, and haven’t stopped writing since.
I’m a military historian and novelist. 30 years after marketing my first (unpublished) novel, Dingbat Publishing released Standing The Final Watch on August 17, 2016. Along the way I garnered more than 100 rejections. Judy Lynn del Rey once wrote me a personal note encouraging me to continue writing, which is why a rejection letter is among my prized possessions.
I’m overtly proud Bill of being American. I can never forget the tremendous debt owed to the men and women of America’s armed forces, firefighters and police. My series, The Last Brigade, is dedicated to them.
I’m a proud Graduate of the University of Memphis, with concentrations in English (Creative Writing) and History. Two themes have run through his life: books, and the Second World War.
As for books, his personal collection numbers over 4,000 hardbacks, more than one thousand of which are signed. This love of the printed word led him to open Bill’s Books in 1998, which continues on to this day. Bill is an accomplished bookseller and noted collector, whose story has been featured in various publications.
That passion for military history broadened his imagination into a love of science fiction and fantasy. His teenage years were dominated by the masters of those genres, giants such as Robert A. Heinlein, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny and Fritz Leiber. The epiphany for his own fiction came with reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle. After devouring the entire Posleen series twice, he knew who he wanted to be when he grew up.