Interview with Bill Greenwood

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always had stories. Eventually, I reached a point in life where I had the time, the tools, and the inspiration to write them down.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters that (I hope) readers can care about, and then putting them in situations that seem real or plausible, and then creating a dramatic enough resolution that will keep the reader turning the page.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, they mean that I'm accomplishing my writing goal, which is the crafting of a good tale.
What are you working on next?
I have a new novel approaching completion- Montrose County. I also have a the genus of a novel based upon a character introduced in "Montrose County", who represents an espionage concept that has been rattling around in my head for about thirty years. Two Canadian soldiers who play a role in "Afghanistan" also make a key appearance in "Montrose County". I have a plan for them, as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, David Baldacci, John Grisham, James Michener, Tom Clancy, Stephen Ambrose, Joseph Wambaugh. Not in any order. And Brock Yates. While almost all I've read of Yates was his work at Car & Driver magazine, he's a great writer. One of the best of our time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to work, so that I can eat, write, and play with my race car. Or golf, or travel, or drive liberals crazy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
See previous. I golf badly, race occasionally. I am a voracious reader, so there's lots of that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a dark story about Bigfoot.
What is your writing process?
Believe it or not, I write mostly as I'm falling asleep. I work out the plot, often many pages ahead, sorting out plot holes and situations. If the story is right, I find that I go back along the same path, so then I spend a few evenings catching up. Then, I start again. The basic ideas for the story usually come from the news, or events that I've read about, and I get the ball rolling while I'm driving down the highway out in my sales territory.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I actually read was "Salem's Lot". Until that point- high school- most of my reading was National Geographic, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Reader's Digest, and of course Car & Driver. C&D is a great mag, because the writing is of a very high caliber. Along with Yates, the great William Jeanes was a writer there. Anyways, I borrowed Salem's Lot from a classmate, and read it in one sitting. I've read, I think, everything of his since.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Stand, The Hunt For Red October, Citizen Soldiers (Stephen Ambrose), Band Of Brothers (Ambrose), Contact (Carl Sagan).
Why? King, Ambrose, Clancy, Sagan. All of these books introduced me to ideas that I had not really had a handle on until I read those books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Car & Driver magazine.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Alberta. 40 people. It was instrumental in helping me build a cast for "Montrose County", which I believe will be a very well-received novel.
When did you first start writing?
Back when the glaciers were melting and the oceans were still forming. Actually, when Nixon was President.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Immigration, the war on terror, and Islam''s war with the west.
Published 2016-06-01.
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Books by This Author

Afghanistan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,870. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
General Nikolai Petrosik once tried to use a nuclear weapon in Afghanistan, not to kill the Afghan resistance, but to force NATO out of Europe. 30 years later, he has crafted a far more deadly plan that will destroy Western Europe and decapitate America's leadership without warning. Only a grief stricken British intelligence analyst, an aging spy, and a lonely Russian investigator can stop him.