Bill Fitts

Biography

Bill Fitts was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, graduated from Princeton University, and has made his living as a sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist, and, currently, professional writer. Bill has lived in Alabama, Florida, the Panama Canal Zone, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia. He and his wife now live in Vero Beach, Florida, with their two cats, Hawk and Amos. Bill is the author of the Needed Killing Series, cozy mysteries with a southern flair, and the young adult fantasy series Song of Narne, epic adventures in a magical world. He credits the EF4 tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, for giving him the impetus to retire from the University of Alabama and start writing professionally, and his wife for giving him the support, encouragement, and editorial assistance necessary to be successful at his new profession.

Smashwords Interview

Why are you starting your interview with a reference to cats?
My cat Hawk, model for The Black in the Needed Killing Series, was sitting in my lap while I reviewed the answers for this interview. (He often sits in my lap while I'm writing and is pictured on my Smashwords author page and on the back of the paperback copies of the first three books.)

He noted that there was no mention in my Q&A about cats. More to the point, there was no mention of him. I promised to rectify the situation before publishing the interview.

Satisfied, Hawk?
Why do you write murder mysteries?
When Robert B. Parker and Dick Francis, two prolific and very popular mystery writers, died within a month of each other, I thought their deaths would open up some room in the field. I didn’t realize that another writer was going to take over the Spenser series and Francis’s son Felix was going to take up the family business.

Seriously, I had tried writing other fiction. I finished one book—a fantasy intended as part of a three-book series—actually got an agent for it, but never found a publisher. Then I tried writing a mystery novel. I discovered that mysteries were easier for me to write and—as a bonus—I’m pretty good at it.
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Where to find Bill Fitts online


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Books

Sokhal's Star
Series: Song of Narne. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,870. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Kenrad held the pendant in his clasped hands. Sokhal’s Star flickered then began to glow brighter and brighter; light streamed out from between his fingers. Magic! The likes of which Blumgar had never seen. Kenrad’s hands were ablaze, burning with a light so strong it hurt the eyes. Suddenly the night was lit by a burst of lightning, as if the sun had exploded.
The Screaming Sword
Series: Song of Narne. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 109,100. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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The fireplace flames billowed up to form the outline of a man. “Who uses Sokhal’s Star to call me?” Beneath the broken furniture, Kenrad lay motionless. If he stood up, the man with the screaming sword would know that he still lived. But when the Warlock of Miron asks a question, he expects an answer. “It’s Kenrad, Uncle Stefan." His youthful voice cracked. "And that man killed Mother."
Who Needed Killing?
Series: Needed Killing, book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,530. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Provost Rufus George is worried. “Something,” he tells Crawford, “is not right at University Village. I want you to look around and see if anything bothers you.” Crawford begins with a question here and a question there--until he asks the wrong question. As Crawford grapples with the most perplexing case of his career, he and the provost find themselves the target of a wily and ruthless killer.
The Deacon Needed Killing
Series: Needed Killing, book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,070. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Alone with a corpse on a back road, Crawford is glad to see the police. “It was actually a deputy sheriff's car but any law enforcement officer was like a gift from heaven. The car stopped and I started toward it. The siren yelped and the headlights flashed. I froze in place. That was not a come-hither signal." This time, Crawford must establish his own innocence before he can help anyone else.
She Needed Killing
Series: Needed Killing, book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,240. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Book 3 in the Needed Killing Series. Newly licensed PI James F. Crawford had never considered taking his cat to the local folk festival. But when a friend wants The Black for a photo shoot, Crawford obliges. That a snake will be part of the shoot is just the first surprise in store for Crawford. Snakes, arson, blackmail . . . this festival will be unlike any other in the history of Jemison County.
He Needed Killing Too
Series: Needed Killing, book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,060. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.75)
Book 2 in the Needed Killing series. Dr. Douglas was often described as a man who “needed killing.” When someone takes the description literally and puts a bullet through his head, the provost calls in James Crawford. As Crawford tackles his second case as a private eye, he also wrangles with the particulars of becoming a licensed detective, including the burning question of business cards.
He Needed Killing
Series: Needed Killing, book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,620. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Book 1 in the Needed Killing series. When several employees get ill from tainted potato salad and one actually dies, the university issues condolences and goes on with business as usual. But another death cannot be ignored, and university retiree James Crawford is thrust into the role of private eye. Murder, he finds, begets murder. Can he expose the killer before someone else is killed?

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