Interview with Bill C. Thomas

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about my dead dog. My stepfather ran him over. I never forgave that guy, and I still think about Twinkles. I'm going to write about him some day. A swell pal.
What is your writing process?
I write every day. Essays to get me going. Parts of novels during the day. It's as though my Soul is trying to tell me things I should listen to. When my I as a personality disappears, then I'm in the Flow, As I connect with the Flow, I'm in the know.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Treasure Island, it was, matey. It taught me don't even think about discounting others. We're all in this world together.
How do you approach cover design?
I draw and paint for fun. Mostly nudes. It's the only sex I get. However, none of those are appropriate for covers. I'm gonna try collages next.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have a top 40 list that coincides with Henry Miller's. Mr. Miller is a big influence on me, Way back when you had to buy a Miller book secretly. No cover even. Published in English by French. I like secret stuff.
What do you read for pleasure?
The New York Times Op Ed material.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Nook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Getting on library lists. University libraries.
Describe your desk
Messy in the extreme, But then it's also "home".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
California and Indiana. i've written a children's book about the Indiana years.
When did you first start writing?
Very early. Five, I think. I decided to become a writer at age 15.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to illustrate what a seasoned troop would do when confronted by a cartel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After two rejections at age 17, the indie way was my way. By 22, I had my own tiny publishing outfit. It kept getting bigger as time went on. By 33, I shut it down after a failed marriage.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has the sparkle of being a fresh idea. I'll keep on with it because it just makes sense.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing flashes of my own Soul.
What do your fans mean to you?
I write mostly for them. Without readers, writing is futile. They are the other half of the reader-writer equation. They complete what I and other writers get going.
What are you working on next?
"The Bomb Stoppers" is the first novel of a trio with these same main characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
The usual suspects.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
More work. My writing seems to take just shy of Forever.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I sit in a Starbucks read and think
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
On various sites just like everyone else.
Why do you write?
I write to salute the stars, to join with the fabled, to become one with the many. I write to let the truth run free in me. I write to let all of us rethink what we imagine that we know. I write to test out verity itself. I write with my very own breath and to salute the human cause. In other words I write to be the one, the only, the merely me.
Published 2015-11-09.
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Books by This Author

The Bomb Stoppers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,100. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Slide and his military pals prevent the explosion of the first dirty n-bomb on American soil. High adventure ensues.