Interview with William Hanna

What motivated you to become an indie author?
A fascination with words dating from high school, 4 years in the Army Air Corps observing language-limited military personnel lacking educational skills and 5 years earning an advanced pair of degrees in engineering from Stanford. From there a contractor-based career in high energy physics related programs and intelligence-focused, computer-based programs engendering a significant number of technical publications and some national recognition in my technical field, and, finally, in relatively-early retirement, time to indulge an overwhelming desire to write something for general consumption about the subjects I had spent a career in keeping secret, hence the first book (Monroe's Fire) and subsequent passionate comments on the state of politics in our nation which were forbidden while I was working on government contracts.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made possible a forum for my journalistic efforts which would not have been affordable, or, possibly, even acceptable in the agent-driven print
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to mess around with words augmented by my German, Spanish and Latin dictionaries. I have long kept a collection of special words under the title of "Wonderful Words." I try to use language as a source of pleasure, although I have been accused of tossing about erudite words to demonstrate (perhaps unwarranted) superiority rather than to communicate.
What do your fans mean to you?
Aside from a few former colleagues who have reviewed my stuff (favorably), I don't have any yet.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The plans for the day I made while semi-conscious during the night. For the most part only the first one or two get significant attention before 2 o"clock dinner, wine and a Vicodin for my aching bones. The balance of the day is spent catching up on daily events via TV and a few recreational programs from 8:00 pm til 11:00 pm.
What are you working on next?
Another collection of political essays directed to the general theme "The Slow Destruction of Our Democracy." Keeping up with the collapse of world order and the unimaginable behavior of our own government, there seems to be a current wealth of material to collate and try to make understandable (to me at least).
Who are your favorite authors?
Dawkins, Doctorow, Darwin, Pinker, Krugman, Steven Jay Gould, E. O. Wilson and many others whose names are not at the moment accessible to a 90 year-old brain.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Catching up in world affairs principally via the internet (i.e. Huffpost, email, Consortium News, etc.). Recreational reading (mostly non-fiction) and lengthy discussions over food and wine with extraordinarily intelligent wife of 60 years.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Haven' yet acquired the means to read ebook, so read mostly hard cover books requested from our local library.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A brief description (not published and planned for expansion) of our (Wife Sylvia and I) long-term love affair with wine and as an owner and executive with a top tier winery (Mt. Eden Vineyards) in Saratoga founded by the legendary Martin Ray who enticed us originally into investing.
What is your writing process?
Sit down at the computer and let it happen; no notes, no outlines just breaching the overnight dam and waiting for words to flow.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can remember reading after bed-time hours as a high-school student under the covers with a flashlight, but now not what I was reading.
Published 2014-07-22.
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Books by This Author

A Memoir
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,650. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Essay » Author profile
These stories are indeed dredged up from memories dating back to the 1930s and including some from he 1970s. They are more-or-less presented in chronological order. Now, at age 90, I can generally attest as to the accuracy of "remembering," but hope the reader will enjoy hem even as fiction.
A Leftwingnut Comment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,000. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Essay » Political
The book's subtitle is "A Collection of Political Commentary and Essays." This collection of my personal views on the current political environment, together with a sampling of publications of other interested individuals, reflects a decidedly left-wing view of the state of politics in our nation. The individual contents are attributed to the authors.
Monroe's Fire II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,150. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This book is primarily about a proud man in the twilight of a successful career and facing a failing relationship s a husband and father. the setting is the Ventana Big sur coastal wilderness area just south of Montrey, California. the story follows the activities of the close-knit community of men and women who dedicate their lives to limiting the damage caused by unintentional fores fires.