Bill Craig has been a serious writer for more than nineteen years and has been published one hundred and three times. His current book on the market, including in Walmart, is the Night Stalker.
He is presently working on The Runaway Redhead; I am reading another one of his, The Adventures of Hardluck Hannigan: Emerald Death (Book 1)
A review upon completion of reading will be linked to the following interview.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was about 6 years old when I realized I could write better stories than what I was reading at the time. My first attempts were horrible, but I kept at it.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends, but usually 6-7 weeks.
3. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I have been writing for 2 hours a night every day without fail for the past 19 years.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to let the characters take over and drive the story. And sometimes I will talk and argue with my characters if I don’t like where they are headed.
5. How do books get published?
I started out in self-publishing, but a friend that used to work for Harlequin put me in touch with a publisher in Key West and they liked my stuff. I am working with them exclusively now.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I get a lot of my ideas from the news. Sometimes from other magazine articles and non-fiction books. Sometimes just from watching people on the street, sometimes from a photograph that captures my imagination.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was in my mid-thirties when I wrote my first full novel, and honestly, it wasn’t very good. So I started reading other authors with a critical eye and figured out how to do better. Valley of Death was my first published novel, featuring Chicago Cop and ex-CIA operative Jack Riley.
8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am a voracious reader. I also spend a lot of time raising my 13-year-old son, his dog and our two cats. I love to sing Karaoke when I feel like getting out.
9. What does your family think of your writing?
I think it made my parents proud, and Jack thinks it’s cool unless I threaten to tell his creative writing teacher. Then it’s “Don’t do that, they will expect too much from me!”
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I would have to say how much fun it is to kill off my ex-wives over and over again.
11. How many books have you written?
I have written over 103 books and anthologies at this point in time.
Which is your favorite?
C’mon that like asking a parent which child is their favorite! If I had to choose, I would say probably Sam Decker. There is a lot of me in him.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?
Write every day without fail. Don’t skip a day because skipping costs you discipline and good writers are disciplined writers. If so, what are they? Read the type of things that you like to write, but with a critical eye. See what works and what doesn’t and then apply them to your own writing style.
13. Do you hear from your readers much?
Sadly not as much as I would like. I love reader feedback.
One of the best compliments I ever got was a reviewer who said my style reminded her of the late Robert B. Parker.
14. Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes, I do. But I also like to write for a very general audience. Graphic blood and violence, but usually with some sort of implied moral.
15. What do you think makes a good story?
A good Story is only as good as the characters and how much they make you care about what happens to them.
16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a writer growing up. I wrote a number of short stories in high school, usually, for the amusement of my friends, one which was mentioned to me at my 40th Class reunion this past summer was a whiskey drinking vampire called Count Drunkula. And yes, there were many very bad puns involved there.
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