Interview with Bill Hulet

What are you working on next?
I'm developing a workshop for journalists to explain how science works. The hope is that this will help some of them understand how the journalistic ideals of "balance" and "objectivity" distort their perception of important social issues, such as climate change.
Who are your favorite authors?
Gandhi, Orwell and Tolstoy. I find their wide ranging honesty and clear writing style worth emulating. All three wrestled with their own private demons and the demons that dominated their world. And none of them allowed their writing style to create a barrier between themselves and their readers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It is a tremendous gift to have good health, freedom from poverty and political oppression, and an education. Most people do not have these luxuries. For those few who do, it is important that we use our gifts to help others who are not so fortunate. Public service is the only thing that makes sense of inequality.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work and do the regular things that everyone else does. In addition, I practice taijiquan to strengthen my body and quiet my mind.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I listen to podcasts, read book reviews, and, pursue interests where they lead me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been scribbling all my life, so no I haven't a clue about that.
What is your writing process?
I start at the beginning and let the words take me where they will. Gaps arise and I pace the floor until an answer comes. Then I read it over and start making revision after revision after revision. Eventually, I become happy with the result and then set out to publish it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading even longer than I have written. No, I don't remember. Just about everything I read I find strikes me in a new and interesting way when I read it again. Good literature I will come back to time and again. I've read _War and Peace_ something like ten times and every time I do I come away with something new---.
How do you approach cover design?
I find an artist and send her the manuscript to read. I then trust her judgement.
Published 2014-07-09.
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Books by This Author

Digging Your Own Well: Daoism as a Practical Philosophy
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 32,800. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Asian philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ancient
(4.00)
Many people describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious". This is the book for them. It explains how to integrate the ancient Chinese philosophy of Daoism into a modern person's life.
Walking the Talk: Engaging the Public to Build a Sustainable World
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 58,700. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Environmental politics
(4.00)
W.B.Yeats' line that "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity" could have been written to describe the public attitude towards climate change. _Walking the Talk_ argues that the traditional motivators of "faith" and "duty" have become debased coins, which limits public engagement. In exchange the author offers the ideal of "practical philosophy".