Interview with WL Racherbaumer

When did you first start writing?
In earnest at fifty-eight. I had written poems and composed three minute songs in my youth.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a continuation of the Billy Six saga.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A stubborn streak
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By offering my books in multiple platforms.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The doing
Who are your favorite authors?
As a child I devoured science fiction; H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Then I was introduced to Dashiell Hammet. That led to my ongoing obsession with American crime fiction. Raymond Chandler was a revelation . It was literary pulp. From then on I stuck to the private investigator genre knocking back John MacDoald's colorful Travis McGee series and Millar's Lew Archer like shots of Tequila. In the eighties I discovered Ellroy's Lloyd Hopkins, Burke's Dave Robicheaux and Crumley's C.W. Sughrue. In the nineties it was Connelly's Heironymus Bosch.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching the sport of kings.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
randomly
Published 2014-12-20.
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Books by This Author

A Perfect Six
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,710. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The newly formed Thoroughbred Investigations was struggling, but Bill Shannon aka Billy Six didn't mind. He preferred the racetrack. Then his partner Ranger O'Leary snagged a CEO who suspected his wife of infidelity. He balked until he discovered their tail would take them to Keeneland. It was an opportunity too good to pass, but he should have stayed home.
A Dead-Game Sport
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,980. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Adventure » General
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Dayton Shannon made two promises. One was too protect his little brother and the other was to earn enough money to get to the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Both seemed unattainable when his abusive father arbitrarily shipped him off to his uncle in Lexington, Kentucky to learn the horse trade. The job turned out to be bookmaking and it led him on an adventure that would change his life forever.
Past Performances
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,760. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Historical » USA
Bill Shannon never wanted to do anything but play the horses ever since his grandfather took him to the race track in 1955. It was a family tradition; an obligation. Then his grandfather died and he slipped into the mainstream of American existence until everything turned upside down. He wanted a mulligan, so he returned to the racetrack and rediscovered a part of himself he had long buried.