William Arthur Holmes


I was born the night after Halloween in Sacramento, California, though we lived in Folsom near the prison. According to legend, if I had been born just one day earlier I would have been able to "see and talk to spirits." Instead, I only hear voices.
My first "critical acclaim" occurred in high school when my creative writing teacher praised my story's opening line: "The neighbor's yard looked like a three-day beard." The teacher said, "You may never write anything good again, but that is a great line!" I was happy to hear this, but of course focused on the eerily prescient "...may never write anything good again..."
After a decade-long detour in Los Angeles, I have been calling middle Tennessee home for the past 20+ years. I am married, with a young daughter, an old cat, an even older pug, and now, our daughter's Boston Terrier puppy.
I was joking about hearing voices, by the way. My humor is sometimes difficult to detect. My stories are often inspired by my greatest fears and/or frustrations. Writing things down in a safely fictionalized way helps me to better understand myself and the world around me. It's a sort of DIY exorcism.
My available titles are "Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo", "Last Train Out", "Lottery President", "Operation Detour", and "Temporary Insanity".

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making an idea as entertaining (or amazing) for the reader as it was for me when I first thought of it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My greatest joy as a writer so far has been watching my brother's reaction to one of my books.
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Where to find William Arthur Holmes online


Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 57,840. Language: American English. Published: August 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A politically-incorrect manifesto. Anti-corporate crusader Dobie Pokorny wants to save the world. His old boss, Colonel Charonne, wants to stop him. On his "truth tour," Dobie meets and falls in love with Kaylie while enduring attacks at every turn. Can they outrun Charonne and his minions? Will Major Watson steal her away? And, what's up with the little blue alien? Is it even real?
Last Train Out
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 44,900. Language: American English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming "homeland tour" to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. Their only hope now, with or without her approval, is to catch the Last Train Out.

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