William Driscoll


Born on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago, Illinois, as a boy Will was more at home on the beaches, local playing fields or exploring the woods behind his house than in a classroom. Precocious and free-spirited, he was given to the rough and tumble of sports and other physical activities.

All this changed the day he discovered what he would later call--"the magic book; the first book that made the movie go in my head"-- J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Devouring it, the Lord of the Rings and later The Silmarillion in consecutive readings, his life-long love of fantasy and poetry began.

During his high school years, now an avid reader, Will became a student of science fiction/fantasy, mythology and folklore and would seek out similar works by Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Stephen R. Donaldson. Graduating from college with honors, he received his first awards in the genres of poetry and short fiction while, all the while, his own fantasy world was slowly taking shape in his imagination.

In 1988 surrounded by family and friends he married the love of his life, rock singer and part-time journalist for the Soho Weekly News, Kelly Andersen. Together they have three wonderful children, Shae, Erin and Erik. While Will wrote, Kelly went on to a long successful third career as a restaurateur and is currently a sought-after health and lifestyle coach.

Throughout his writing life, Will has always considered himself a poet having written seven books of poetry along with a number of short stories, three movie scripts and an Off Broadway play. At the same time, like some model train enthusiast lovingly shaping an H0 scale paradise in his basement, he was tinkering obsessively with his fantasy world which presented first as hastily written notes in a journal; these scratchings would later become notebooks and then computer files filled with detailed histories, maps, poetry, character sketches and stories.

Twenty-two years after that first note was taken, he decided to pull it all together and began Godsfade, a high science fiction/fantasy series set in a dystopian future, The Living Gods, Awakening in the Hollow and The Dark Gate being the first three installments.

Smashwords Interview

What is your latest book?
The Dark Gate. It’s the final book in a high fantasy trilogy, Godsfade.
Is your recent book part of a series?
It is. The series is called, Godsfade. I wrote it under the name, W.M. Driscoll. It’s not really about gods; name’s more ironic than descriptive. It *is* about all sorts of fantastic events and people though. I see it as a nine-book series, a trilogy of trilogies. The first three books in the set, The Living Gods, Awakening in the Hollow and The Dark Gate, are finished. The next two trilogies, Godsfade Ascendant and Godsfade Rebirth are still in the workshop getting their wheels put on.
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The Collected Poems of Driscoll
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 34,710. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Terracom Poets Series: The Collected Poems of William Driscoll.
Definitions of a Radical Centrist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
"This collection is among the most caustic and politically charged of William Driscoll’s work. Filled with invective, anger, satire and slice, the poetry collected here highlights the darker side of human nature, the machinations for power, and the unintended consequences of greed and cupidity."
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,030. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
"From the first poem, a quasi Italian sonnet sequence with ever–increasing lines to swell each stanza to its conclusion, to a ballad in pigeon Middle English, to a song based on the rhythms and music of a Mozart Mass, the seven poems presented here take the reader on a romantic journey into timeworn fields filled with artists, lovers, sages and fools."
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
"In Rime, a collection of doggerel, whimsy and barb, William Driscoll turns his poetic sights on all things puffy, self–important and ridiculous. Cutting a wide swath of satire and mockery, the poetry in this collection ranges from the bawdy to the profane."
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
"A collection of his early work, though deeply personal, the poetry in Lyrics strikes the universal themes of young love, sorrow, joy, fear of death and the ache of longing that should touch a chord in every reader's heart."
Child's Play
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
My maternal grandfather, an Olympic gymnast, a sheriff, a self–educated lawyer, an elected judge and a commemorated race car mechanic for Louis Chevrolet in the early days of the Indianapolis 500, was also a lover (of poetry) and the books he gave me, yellowing tomes with his own favorite lines lightly underlined, were to stir in me a love of antique verse and sow the seeds of my juvenilia.
Square Holes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
"With disparate themes ranging from social satire, to the agony of loss, to the search for spiritual meaning, these pages serve as square holes for poems that fail to fit into the more rounded concaves of his earlier or latter styles."

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