As a native Memphian in the days when Memphis was known as ‘The City of Good Abode,’ 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. Bill has won the Darrell Award, for the novella “A Night at the Quay”, and been 1st Runnerup for novelette “The Hairy Man,” which won the Imadjinn Award. “Jurassic Jail” was also a finalist for the Imadjinn Award.
Now, 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 7 barking dogs, four nests of screeching hawks bordering his property, assorted owls, bobcats and coyotes.
His indulgent wife just shakes her head and asks when he’s going to clean his office.
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 did not need my opinion on his magnificent work, The Two Ocean War, 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I’m a military historian and novelist. 30 years after marketing my first (unpublished) novel, Dingbat Publishing released Standing The Final Watch on August 17, 2016.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 to achieving that publication, I garnered more than 400 rejections. Judy Lynn del Rey once wrote me a personal note encouraging me to continue writing, which is why that rejection letter is among my prized possessions, but let’s not pretend it was fun. It wasn’t.
I’m overtly proud 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. If that offends you, too bad.
I’m a proud Graduate of the University of Memphis, with concentrations in English (Creative Writing) and History. Two themes have run through my life are books, and the Second World War. Why the fascination with the war? I have no idea, I only know that I’m lucky enough to have been given a lifelong passion for history.
As for books, my personal collection numbers once numbered over 10,000 hardbacks, more than two thousand of them signed. This love of the printed word led me to open Bill’s Books in 1998, which continues on to this day.
Passion for military history broadened his imagination into a love of science fiction and fantasy. My 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 my own fiction, however, came with reading John Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle. After devouring the entire Posleen series twice, I knew who I wanted to be when I grew up.