Interview with William Ward

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To see my ideas take shape on paper and come alive is what really motivates me to keep writing. I truly love to see reactions to my work when people read my poems.
What are you working on next?
Besides continually working on additional poems for future release I am working on some short stories dealing with the paranormal and science fiction. I have been a sci-fi fan since childhood and have always wanted to write some short stories and perhaps eventually a novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
The old sci-fi masters, Issac Assimov, Ben Bova, Robert Heinlein, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne....so many of them. Of course Stephen King and Dean Koontz for contemporary writers. Love those horror stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed each day with the idea of writing some of my best works. I want to inspire younger people to follow their dream of a writing career so they can get a much earlier start than I did. Life had to take precedence over writing for me but the kids of today have so many resources for funding to learn the skills for writing early.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Believe it or not, World of Warcraft, ha ha. I admit it....I am hooked. I have been playing it for over 10 years now and when I wasn't working and I could sit at a computer I tried to get in some W.O.W. time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was a very short one in English class in school. I don't remember what grade it was but probably around the 5-6 grade. Our assignment was to write a short short story and to my surprise mine was the one the teacher chose from the stack to read to the class. He felt that is showed some imagination. It was something about an insect falling into a vat of liquid chemicals and growing to outlandish preportions. I was dutifully proud that day.
What do you read for pleasure?
These days I mostly read thriller/horror fiction for entertainment. Various writers, various themes.
Describe your desk
Messy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I actually grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I went to school there through most of my childhood and I feel that I got a pretty good education. This was back in the late 50's early 60's when I was in grade school and my foundation education was pretty good.
When did you first start writing?
I really only started writing in 2007 after I broke up with my second wife and moved back to my home state of West Virginia from North Carolina where I had spent close to 20 years. I just sat down one day while I was on a dating site online and starting writing poetry and posting it on the site. It seemed to get a great response from the ladies on the site so I kept writing.
Published 2015-01-09.
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Books by This Author

Poetry to Live By: A Collection of Thoughts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Over 50 original poems written by the author. Poems of life, love, laughter and tears.