Author William Hare was born and raised in Los Angeles. While in high school he worked at the Los Angeles Examiner as part of the Scholastic Sports Association, a program begun by the newspaper’s publisher William Randolph Hearst, Jr., in which high school students were trained to write and edit the Examiner’s prep sports section. Hare became the youngest journalist ever to cover a World Series game for a major metropolitan newspaper.
After graduating from California State University at Northridge with a major in political science and minors in English and history, he became the youngest sports editor of a Los Angeles area daily newspaper at the Inglewood Daily News chain. In addition to covering the busy L.A. sports beat Hare also wrote feature articles on major personalities within the local movie scene.
Eventually Hare would add a law degree to his educational portfolio at San Fernando Valley College of Law, where he served as editor of the law review. His varied educational studies and keen writing interest led to a career in writing within both fiction and non-fiction realms. Areas of current writing activity include international and U.S. history, film history with a film noir emphasis, and Hollywood detective noir fiction.
A biographical profile of Author William Hare available both in extensive and bullet forms can be found at his blog site at www.booksbywilliam.com .
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.
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 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.