Interview with Bill F G Williams

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Did I grow up? I got older. I lived on a small street in Ottawa for the first twelve years of my life. Then I moved to a slightly larger street in Ottawa. I wanted to do something interesting and creative to make my living. To my parents and teachers that was anathema. The events in my unpublished novel, 'Cheap Lipstick,' happen at that time and place. Some of the tone of it reflects how I felt about growing up there.
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I actually wrote was a screenplay for a silent 8mm movie that members of my high school camera club made around 1965. We wanted to make a movie. We raised $35 for film and I realized we had no script. So I figured it was up to me to write it so I did. I submitted it to the group expecting rejection. They accepted it and what I wrote ended up on the screen in its entirety. I have no idea where that film is now and that's probably a good thing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I take it you mean 'The Seven Second Kiss.' It's from the Hays Code. At one time no on screen kiss could be any longer than seven seconds. I went on a date with a young woman to a movie. The short subject before the main feature had to do with movies from the thirties. There was some on screen kissing and I told her about the seven second rule. She started counting the seconds. Sure enough every kiss lasted only seven seconds. We started laughing and I think people around us wondered what the hell was so funny. I thought 'The Seven Second Kiss' would be a good title for a story and started thinking of images for it. I came up with a young unmarried white girl who got pregnant, ran away from home, and hooked up with a black saxophone player. That's in the story but it has a much lighter tone to it that what I originally imagined for it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Laziness, brick walls, rejection. I wrote some screenplays, 'The Girl and the Gladiator' and 'The Clone,' and wrote letters to agents. Then I started writing a novel, 'The Outlaw.' Then a friend talked me into participating in Nanowrimo. I used that opportunity to write 'The Seven Second Kiss.' People I knew were buying Kindles and iPads and buying books for them. So I went looking to see if there was a fit for my book somewhere and I found Smashwords. It took me about a year after that to prepare my book for publication. Then I went back to 'The Outlaw.' I am hoping to complete that and have it available on Smashwords some time in 2014.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

The Seven Second Kiss
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 53,050. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
With the world emerging from the great depression in 1934 seventeen year old Connie Neiland faced with an unexpected pregnancy runs away from her small town home and goes to New York City where a taste of the big time makes her want more. The depression was ending. War was just around the corner. The music swung.