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 25+ 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. The point of my stories is often difficult to detect, too, but are 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 "The Lazy Pug Cafe," "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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The Lazy Pug Cafe
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 13,570. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Lazy Pug Cafe was a dilapidated old farmhouse abandoned years ago. A massive, ancient oak tree, Ol' Lightnin', lurked out back while the house itself served as a sad but charming reminder of days gone by. Locals were grateful someone was finally bringing the old girl back to life. Come meet pugs Daisy, Chandler and Joey! There are cats and humans, too, but it's all about the pugs! Pugs rule!
Another Way: Beyond the Status Quo
Price: $4.44 USD. Words: 70,520. 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: $4.00 USD. Words: 45,570. 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, he goes looking, only to find she is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. His only hope is to get her on the Last Train Out.

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