Interview with William Pfirrman

Describe your desk
My desk is a combination of piles of papers, from bills, notes I have written myself, check books, and mail I will sort through and file some and toss some every few months
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small town of South Bound Brook, New Jersey. This little one square mile town of 5000 people was the classic middle class neighborhood. It had an interesting mixture of people of different races and cultures and this I have learned helped me to better understand the differences we all enjoy and it shows in how I write about people
When did you first start writing?
I have been a story teller my whole life, but only after retiring did I finally sit down and put the story on paper
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest work, Nightmare in Aurora, is a true account of a horrific experience I lived through beginning in May of 1973 in Aurora Colorado. Shot at twice and jailed for an offense I had not committed but was accused of by the detective that shot at me in order to justify his unlawful use of deadly force, I was force to fight the powers of the detective and his police department from the confines of a 10 x 12 cell. All the while facing every trick the police had in their arsenal of tricks, to try and catch me in a lie.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a work in progress. I attempted to go the traditional route, and I believed each submission and query letter got better and better, I still kept hitting a brick wall. One "No" after the other. I wanted this book to be printed, regardless of sales, so I left something behind when I left this world and I needed to cleanse my soul as I was haunted by some of the choices I was forced to make during this experience.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I measure success simply by having this book in print, so Smashwords has helped by allowing me to showcase it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get my greatest joy from the story telling. In the case of Nightmare in Aurora, it was also a bit of self therapy, in so much as the choices I was forced to make back in May of 1973, I was neither proud of or happy about. I carried, and still carry, a lot of shame and guilt over these choices, 40 years between the incident and the book, and the book allowed me to shine some light on it and give me at least a little peace.
What do your fans mean to you?
If and when I develop any, they will mean the world to me, as I have always loved story telling and I hope those that read my books enjoy my stories.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book that is complete fiction, but I am writing it as though it is a sequel to Nightmare in Aurora, with my former roommate Tom, as the main character. You'll have to read the first one to fully understand the second, but each will stand alone. As I stated, the second one is complete fiction and maybe in my mind it is a form of payback. For What? You'll have to read Nightmare in Aurora to learn that.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, and his book, the Innocent Man, as I can relate to that poor fellow and John Dean for his insight on todays political landscape.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If you knew the entire background of the story of my health, you would understand what I mean when I say the answer to that question is merely, "getting out of bed each day."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking, I love to cook. I also enjoy traveling when I can and enjoy a game of poker once in a while. I have played in the World Series of Poker twice now, but have never gotten further than day 2, maybe one day I will make the final table.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If they are not written by my favorites I already listed, then I learn of them by meeting other authors and listening to them and what they have written.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, unless your including the police reports I wrote many times while working, which in and of themselves are all short stories, Nightmare in Aurora is my first.
What is your writing process?
In Nightmare in Aurora I did my research to learn the things that I personally didn't or couldn't know first hand, then began by writing those things I did experience and know first hand and filled in the details that I learned through my research. In my next book, "The Deadly Game of Betrayal", it is mostly a form of payback fantasy and a series of events I have dreamt of.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
<Laughing> I barely remember the last one.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design by saying to people, "Do you know how to draw?" I can't draw a stick man. I have no eye for ANY type of art. I know what I enjoy but I couldn't picture it if it wasn't already a completed work.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only have one option at the moment and that's my PC
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have no idea as I am 2 weeks into this process and not sure yet what is working and what isn't. As a result I have been relying on that which I do understand a little and that's simple advertising.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy current political books, that give you the back or "inside" story and I enjoy true crime books, mystery's and thrillers.
Is there any person inparticular that you hope reads Nightmare in Aurora, any of the people in it?
Yes, I would like for the girl I dated back then, just before the incident, and someone I have not heard from nor seen since, to read it. Vicky is in the book and I think she will learn some things about me she never knew.
Published 2013-09-28.
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Books by This Author

Nightmare in Aurora
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 49,400. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Charley, an Air Force police officer, is recruited by the Aurora police to assist them in locating two missing juveniles. He soon learns he has become the subject in the investigation and after a stranger knocks on his door at 11:30 at night, the stakes rise dramatically as he is shot at twice and arrested and jailed by the stranger who turns out was an Aurora detective and has made a huge mistake