Interview with Bill Mays III

What is your writing process?
My writing process is very drawn out. I usually get inspired by an idea and then start to write by hand on some form of scratch paper (often hotel note pads). After getting a few pages down, I transfer the text to an electronic file where I begin fleshing it out and editing. I continue this whenever I'm inspired to add to the story with periodic bouts of revisiting previous writing and editing again. After that, I struggle to reach the ending I had in mind (many times with that ending morphing significantly from my original idea) and finish the story. I then go back to read and edit and read and edit several times until it is ready for the proofers. After that, I do it one more time and it is ready to be published! (Sigh) That explanation made me tired.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a background in graphics and I love to design my own covers. I usually take up an idea that incorporates something prominent from the story or some piece of information that I find particularly interesting. I try to include elements that tie to the story in many ways, even if I'm the only one who gets them.
What do you read for pleasure?
This one's easy. I read fantasy adventure books! I love a good old escape from reality.
Describe your desk
My "desk" is actually a drawing table given to me years ago by my partner. It squeaks when I lean on it and it has lots of marks and scratches but I love sitting there in my little nook in the den. It's very comfortable.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy of writing is bringing my imagination to life. The next best part of that would be the idea that others can discover and share in my imagination. I absolutely love that thought.
Published 2013-11-27.
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Books by This Author

Badilla's Books
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,440. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Badilla is just a simple shop curator working at Sandestwine Antiques and Bookstore. Her life is relaxed and her days are spent helping her eccentric employer and friend, Hazel Sandestwine. But, life is about to take a very unexpected turn for Badilla. Come inside this little shop of curiosities and watch fate unfold.
Curse of the Crystal Mask
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,590. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Aton and Thadius, two of the country's best investigators, have been called to the scene of the latest murder. The deaths are the work of a serial killer, but the reasoning and selection of victims remains unclear. Some say even magic plays a part in the crimes. Can they solve the mystery before the next body is found? Time is their enemy and seven days is the mark on the calendar.
To the Heart of Truth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,540. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Portals to the dark realm of the abyss are opening. Bloodthirsty beasts are coming through. The city-state of Montigrow sits in a path of destruction. One young priest will do everything in his power to make certain that does not happen. But, will the mysterious elf with all the answers decide to help him? Or, will she simply pursue
Call of the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 157,860. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When a small-town farmhand wishes for more out of his boring life in the tiny mountain village of Hereth, his wishes are granted. Unfortunately, the adventure he has always dreamed about does not turn out anything like he ever expected it would. Elem is just a young boy thrust into the world where magic and monsters are more than a fantasy tale.
Resonance of the Soul
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,390. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Aeloo wanted nothing more than to study music and perhaps become a professional performer one day. She never imagined that the simple pursuits of a maid's daughter might end up entwined with the fate of an entire country. Civil war looms on the horizon and her quick wit and helpful friends may be the only thing standing in its way.
The Gems of EL - Convergence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 244,130. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The gems of lore are awakening - all of them. Tark and his allies are in a deadly race to discover the purpose of this event before the Dark Lord Meiron does. Who will be victorious and what exactly does that mean for everyone on the continent during these troubled times?
The Gems of EL - Separate Paths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 174,950. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A group of unlikely heroes set out in two groups to uncover the truth behind a mysterious blue gem that has the Dark Lord of Drackmoore, a powerful wizard, hot on their trail. The wizard seems not only determined to conquer his neighboring countries but also claim the magic stone as well. Tark and his allies, Lady Dalia, Flade, Arianna and Ado, must fight the evil consuming the continent.
The Gems of EL - Beginnings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 165,900. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
An epic tale of heroism, love and fate. Destiny calls some people into action and Tark is one of those lucky few. Along with others that fight alongside or against him, Tark is drawn into a clash of good versus evil as a mad wizard sets out to dominate the peaceful country that borders his own. Fleeing his life as a slave, Tark is thrust into the role of savior in more ways than he can comprehend.