Interview with William Hill

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, but I'm sure it was in school and was one of those "What did you do over the summer" type of things.
What do you read for pleasure?
Teen/Young Adult adventure stories! My wife started out as an elementary school librarian (she's now at a middle school) and I would often go and help her in the library, especially as a guest reader to the students. That's when I discovered that type of book was so much fun to read. Easier than "adult" books (just as much story and drama, etc., without all the unnecessary length.) Besides, I really enjoyed growing up. Unlike a lot of people, I suppose, my middle and high school years were a lot of fun. Reading stories involving people at that age takes me back to mine when I had many adventures of my own.
What is your writing process?
Well, I don't sit and stare at a blank screen hoping for an inspiration. Actually, an idea just sorta pops up in my mind while I'm doing the usual daily stuff, and I think about it here and there, mentally changing it around, until it takes shape. That's when I write it down. I wrote my first book, the Vision Master, that way, usually in just 30 minutes or so a day, over about six months. Then it took me another six months to put all the pieces together. And even though it's published, I'm still not done with it, I can't get it out of my mind - I can't help but think I can improve it - so I'm constantly tinkering with it in my mind and maybe I'll republish it some day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. There were so many nearby places to go, and things to see and do, that were historical, educational or just fun - Revolutionary and Civil War battle grounds, the Smithsonian museums, etc. And we were only about 2 hours from the beach and the mountains. All these things stimulated my imagination - standing on the actual battle grounds, envisioning the opposing sides firing at and charging each other; at the museums, imagining what the world was like in the days of the dinosaurs or primitive man; at the beach wondering how it felt to be the first European to step foot in the New World; in the mountain forests pretending to be a Native American (which I am part) hunting or on the warpath. Also, my mother's and father's families lived in Va. and Md. (respectively) for over 350 years. That's a lot of history, and just knowing that some of the ground I was walking on had been walked on by my ancestors - including a few who are in history books - stimulated my imagination even more! And, of course, D.C. is the seat of our government, and several family members have worked for it, notably in Intelligence agencies (including myself for a short time). The things I learned would boggle your mind. That is the genesis of The Vision Master.
Other than your books, what else have you written?
I have a blog, thoughtsfortoday2016.wordpress.com , where I offer a thought or two on something I'm thinking about. My objective is to start people thinking about what they think about the topic. Check it out!
What are you working on next?
Liam's story in The Vision Master hasn't ended. The Vision Master Book Two is going to finish it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I log on to Smashwords, of course!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There's just too much involved in getting a story into print, too many people to answer to (editors, agents, etc.), and giving control over your book to the publisher. Much rather be my own boss. Besides, ebooks are the wave of the future and will eventually - I predict - be the largest (and cheapest) reading format.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing what I believe is a good story with others.
Will your books ever be free?
The Way of the Social Pentalogue will always be free. For the Vision Master I charge a nominal price but always make it free during the holidays as my Christmas gift to all, and over every summer when school is out so that young readers can have something else to (hopefully) enjoy.
Published 2016-07-02.
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Books by This Author

The Way of the Social Pentalogue
Price: Free! Words: 16,830. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides
The Way of the Social Pentalogue is a personal or group study of the last five Commandments from a Reformed Theological perspective, with an emphasis not just on the negative "Thou Shalt Not" but on doing the positive intent of each Commandment - "Thou Shall" - in our daily moral and ethical lives.
The Vision Master
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,740. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Liam MacDonald has a rare gift and discovers there are others like him who intend to misuse theirs. He exposes their plot and must run to deny them their revenge. In time, others like him find him, and he becomes their chosen leader. To save them, Liam knows he must use his ability to take on his nemesis,regardless of the outcome.