Interview with William Hare

When did you decide and what made you decide to become a writer?
Given the creativity element involved, I believe there was a destiny about my becoming a writer. From the time I was very young I not only possessed a vivid imagination, I was always seeing things in pictures. People have told me that they believe I possess an astounding memory. My explanation regarding my ability to recall events and people from the past relates to my being able to see these individuals and sequences in pictures. My memory pattern is akin to opening books containing photos depicting my life. While this can be a plus I am quick to inform people that this can also be a negative and sometimes a very painful one, since tragic events one would like to seal off surface as well as those involving details and people that bring joy. I recall a teacher from my early elementary school period telling me as well as the class that I had the tools to become a writer since I had a good memory and an ability to visualize. This is true. These are gifts. There are also many areas where I am anything but accomplished. It would be a disaster, for instance, to ask me to perform mechanical work on your automobile. My deficiencies in this area has led to a lifetime respect for those with technical skills.
That addresses the issue of what drew you toward writing. At what point did you walk your first steps along the path that directed you to your eventual profession of writing?
The first big step occurred early in my first year of high school while barely into my teens. I became involved in the Scholastic Sports Association program at the Los Angeles Examiner. It was a unique program started by William Randolph Hearst, Jr., the son of the fascinating larger than life figure that Orson Welles presented in often barely fictionalized form in his film classic ¨Citizen Kane¨. High school students, with help from Examiner staff professionals, wrote and edited the prep sports section of the paper. The program was designed to develop journalists of the future. I found my writing niche there and served as both Editor and Executive Editor. I was also fortunate enough to become while there the youngest writer ever to cover a World Series game for a major metropolitan newspaper.
What happened after your high school journalism phase and what was your first professional writing job after this early training phase was completed?
After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree from California State University at Northridge with a major in Political Science and minors in English and History I moved back into sports journalism. I became the youngest sports editor of a Los Angeles area daily with the Inglewood Daily News chain. Soon I was covering major events for major league professional franchises including the World Series, Rose Bowls and the Super Bowl. I also began moonlighting in the movie feature field. I visited the major studios and did personal interviews of Kim Novak, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan and others as well as doing features based on first hand observation of movies in progress starring Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, Fred Astaire and Peter Finch. After I would leave the newspaper field I would write and hold editorial positions with cinema magazines. Eventually that would lead to movie historical works about the industry and its people.
Were there any books and authors you read that had a formative influence on your own writing career?
Definitely. While in college I read two books that influenced me not only in the narrative history field into which they fell, but other areas as well, including fiction. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Junior's ¨The Politics of Upheaval¨ from his ¨Age of Roosevelt (FDR)¨ series and Theodore H. White's ¨The Making of the President: 1960¨, which was the first of his presidential election series, were two books that filled me with a longing to express myself on paper in a hopefully meaningful way.

The beauty of narrative history is that it incorporates the most exciting elements of fiction since fascinating, larger than life figures are fleshed out for the benefit of readers. Schlesinger captured the moment and the leading figures of the American Depression while White zeroed in on one of America's most fascinating elections in which two of the nation's most discussed political figures, John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, battled mightily for the presidency. Great books whether they be non-fiction or fiction require solid character presentation along with shrewdly plotted stories.

I would be derelict if I failed to add the names of some of the brilliant fiction writers who also triggered my interest and imagination during my formative college years. Names such as Twain, Dreiser, Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe, Steinbeck, O'Hara, Jones and Mailer all filled me with a determination to try my own hand in this fascinating and uniquely challenging realm of creative writing.
Is there one area of writing that you prefer above others?
Yes, whichever area I am working on today, but the beauty of the realm of eclecticism and serendipity into which I fall is that tomorrow or the day after that my interest tank will be bubbling over with a new interest and challenge to commit to paper. Variety is the true spice of life for me and that is the element that pleases me most about the creative phase of writing, that I can follow the call of creative urgings.
What is your favorite pursuit outside of your writing?
My favorite pursuit outside of writing actually exists within it and so much is the sense of adventure. The pursuit is travel. It serves as an excellent stimulus since the different countries, cities, people and cultures provide a driving force to the creative impulse and the curiosity that drives it forward. For instance. I was captivated, totally enthralled, by the walled city of Old Jerusalem with its rich religious and cultural roots. This served as a stimulus for the historical books I have written about the Middle East.
What is your impression of the current writing era? How would you factor the e-book into this picture?
The e-book is an idea whose time has come. From a writer's standpoint a welcome element is how the e-book stands as a liberating tool. How many times did writers groan with regret and exclaim, ¨I've got a new idea, a good idea, but I won't be able to market it so I'd better forget it¨?

A few publishers had a lock on the writing field. This suffocating lock prevented so many innovative authors from getting their works published. Even if they did make their way into print it would frequently be under the most restrictive circumstances. So much creativity was choked off without an opportunity to spring to life.

Now all kinds of interesting new work by fresh and innovative minds has surged forward. This creative blossoming makes this emerging e-book world loom as potentially the most exciting of all eras for a writer to be alive and contributing to a new process in which the old shackles have been removed.
Published 2014-12-17.
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Origins of Film Noir
Price: Free! Words: 6,480. Language: American English. Published: March 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Origins of Film Noir, how the Great Depression & the rising popularity of detective magazines like Black Mask resulted in the adaptation of works by detective authors Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett being adapted into successful films. After Humphrey Bogart starred in The Maltese Falcon & The Big Sleep a fascinating new cinema world that would be ultimately called film noir.
Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,080. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Screenplays » Mystery
Early Film Noir traces an exciting suspense genre to its roots. Film noir deals with survival amid conflict. it is unsurprising to see how it originated. The Great Depression was a time of struggle. Film noir emanated from detective magazines. An adapted novel from a former detective became the first noir movie. The Maltese Falcon featured a blazing new talent in Humphrey Bogart.
The Struggle for the Holy Land
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 192,780. Language: American English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
The 3,500 year history of the Middle East extending from biblical times to the present.