William Hanna


William Hanna is a retired professional engineer with California registrations in Fire Protection and Industrial Engineering. He is a Stanford graduate and has spent much of his 50 year career in fire-related technology development including management of the development of the 7-year federally-funded FIRESCOPE wildland fire management program (as a principal in Santa Barbara’s Mission Research Corporation).
Hanna also pioneered the application of computer-based systems to command and control of urban law enforcement and firefighting resources.
The FIRESCOPE Program concepts are now being applied world wide and computer-based public safety system management applications are also presently found in most larger government settings.
Mr. Hanna presently lives with his wife, Sylvia, in Cambria, California. He and Sylvia are presently collaborating on a new book about a legacy winery in the Chain d’Or mountains of California.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
A fascination with words dating from high school, 4 years in the Army Air Corps observing language-limited military personnel lacking educational skills and 5 years earning an advanced pair of degrees in engineering from Stanford. From there a contractor-based career in high energy physics related programs and intelligence-focused, computer-based programs engendering a significant number of technical publications and some national recognition in my technical field, and, finally, in relatively-early retirement, time to indulge an overwhelming desire to write something for general consumption about the subjects I had spent a career in keeping secret, hence the first book (Monroe's Fire) and subsequent passionate comments on the state of politics in our nation which were forbidden while I was working on government contracts.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made possible a forum for my journalistic efforts which would not have been affordable, or, possibly, even acceptable in the agent-driven print media.world.
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A Memoir
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,650. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Essay » Author profile
These stories are indeed dredged up from memories dating back to the 1930s and including some from he 1970s. They are more-or-less presented in chronological order. Now, at age 90, I can generally attest as to the accuracy of "remembering," but hope the reader will enjoy hem even as fiction.
A Leftwingnut Comment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,000. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Essay » Political
The book's subtitle is "A Collection of Political Commentary and Essays." This collection of my personal views on the current political environment, together with a sampling of publications of other interested individuals, reflects a decidedly left-wing view of the state of politics in our nation. The individual contents are attributed to the authors.
Monroe's Fire II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,150. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This book is primarily about a proud man in the twilight of a successful career and facing a failing relationship s a husband and father. the setting is the Ventana Big sur coastal wilderness area just south of Montrey, California. the story follows the activities of the close-knit community of men and women who dedicate their lives to limiting the damage caused by unintentional fores fires.

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