William Gentry

Biography

I'm originally from Oklahoma City.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The location was barren as a child in contrast to the Oklahoma I have returned to over the years, but there were still many things to be offered in the arts, culture and history of Oklahoma. The influence of the people of Oklahoma City was probably the predominant feature that made me think the way I do and write the way I do. I grew up with artists, playwrights, healers, dreamers, martial arts superstars, gurus, Peruvian conga players, French teachers, Danish graphic designers, Israeli Christian Arab deli owners, helicopter pilots and rescue nurses and so many different kinds of people. I couldn't hope to list them all here, but I am so grateful for everything I have been able to learn from them.
What were the people in Oklahoma like? Your family, friends and acquaintances.
There was much diversity in my childhood. My mother is a jazz singer, and my father is a chiropractor. My brother is an African American, which played a major part in my understanding of race. It was so important for my understanding of race that I couldn't hope to summarize it all here. My biological grandfathers were both writers. Byron Gentry wrote, "Miracles Of The Mind." It's a book about healing through focused meditation, among other things. He was also a chiropractor like my father. My grandfather on my mother's side was Bill Burchardt, who wrote a number of western novels including "Medicine Man," and "Black Marshall." He was also an honorary Kiowa Chief, a high school band leader and a newspaper editor. My friends in high school were all brilliant, literally. I grew up around musicians, scientists, new wave thinkers, German exchange students, and more people from all walks of life. I know I am shouting out to my homies, my oklahomies. All my love.
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Books

Hiragami's Box
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,580. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
When Evan Underhill receives a mysterious music box in his flower arranging class, he has no idea what he has been charged with carrying out. Join Evan and Taylor on their various misadventures through the southern parts of Taiwan.
Selected Poetry And Songs
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Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This is a collection of poetry written over a period of more than 15 years. The poetry is at times anecdotal, or even a bit silly. At other times it is a reflection of the struggles associated with life. The poetry discusses subjects related to war, religion, flowers, memories, travel and more.
Kindie Kung Fu En Español
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,900. Language: Spanish. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Sports & Recreation / Martial Arts
Esta es una guía introductoria para profesores en la enseñanza de una clase de artes marciales para niños entre 3 a 8 años de edad. Puede ser utilizada de muchas diferentes maneras, pero se ha diseñado con un propósito específico. Si eres joven o mayor, se siguen aplicando los mismos principios.
Kindie Kung Fu
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Body, Mind & Spirit
This is an introductory teachers guide for teaching a martial arts class to children age 3 to 8 years old. It can be utilized in many different ways, but was designed with a specific purpose. If you are young or old, the principles still apply.

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