Bill Gourgey

Biography

Critically acclaimed author, Bill Gourgey, has been praised by reviewers and readers for his entertaining and thought-provoking projections of modern science and technology. His books include the Glide Trilogy, which won the Beverly Hills Book Award in Science Fiction, and his Cap City Kids young adult mystery-thriller series about talented but disadvantaged teens who take on Washington, DC.

A former IT consultant to Fortune 500 companies and managing partner at Accenture, he has designed and developed software for the communications, utilities, finance, and high tech industries. With a passion for both technology and creative writing, his sci fi and young adult mystery thrillers feature technology’s dual-edged promise. Gourgey has held board and advisory positions at various technology startups. He has been a panelist at Digital Hollywood, and speaker at Intervention Con. He is also the Managing Editor of The Delmarva Review, a literary journal.

Gourgey is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science, where he received numerous academic honors. He currently attends the graduate program in Science Writing at Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his family in Washington, DC and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Imagine your school locker: cluttered to the point of bursting, stuffed with paperwork and texts from a dozen different subjects, littered with sundry items (some starting to smell and grow fuzz) that really should be cleaned out, peppered with knickknacks acquired who knows where but are hard to part with, and adorned with cherished photos. That's my desk--it's my high school locker transported into the future and splayed across a flat surface!
What is your writing process?
I write best in the mornings when I’m fully caffeinated and still able to pin my muse to a page. Mornings work best for me because I'm able to seize upon any inspiration roused during the night by my dreams. I tend to remember my dreams when I wake, and often find them inspiring--not so much the content, but the sense of mystery, awe, and surprise that lingers. I try to capture that sense in my writing.

Whenever I take a road trip, I'll take time to look at maps and scope out several possible routes. I like to maintain a sense of where I am and where I'm going. Writing's no different. I'm an outliner. I make a map of where my story is headed (in the form of a preliminary synopsis). But I also let the characters dictate and the scenes unfold. It's no different than finding an unexpected roadside attraction on a road trip--they're what make the journey worthwhile. When I do deviate from my outline, however, I will update it to maintain a sense of my story's direction.
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Where to find Bill Gourgey online


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Books

Court Kasie
Series: Cap City Kids. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,250. Language: American English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A high school intern facing deportation… A plot to bribe a Supreme Court Justice… A case that could ignite a nation? Fearing deportation, a gifted high school student flees the ICE agent who deported her parents and takes refuge in the Supreme Court where she discovers a plot to bribe an Associate Justice.
Germs & Fury
Series: Glide Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 139,250. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In Germs & Fury, as an unstoppable global virus threatens humanity, evolution is hijacked by a spiteful geneticist determined to advance his new species inspired by biblical giants. With the fall of humankind all but assured, the future’s salvation lies in secrets from its past…
Games & Fate
Series: Glide Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 170,690. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In Games & Fate the real world loses its luster, giving way to rich augmentations until a wildly popular role-playing game—driven by its own set of neo-commandments—governs everyday life. As the line between real and virtual vanishes, an unlikely alliance of teens and outcasts offers humanity its only hope.
Gravity & Fire
Series: Glide Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,020. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A ruthless tycoon tries to save the world from total ruin but she encounters an eccentric scientist who shakes her conviction with his innocence and a revolutionary invention. Their secret tryst sets in motion epic events that ripple far into the future until adventuresome teens stumble upon the truth in a dilapidated seaside mansion, where they inadvertently awaken the past and a perilous legacy.
Attic Ward
Series: Cap City Kids. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,790. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
On the run from the state of Virginia, a talented teen artist takes refuge in the Smithsonian Castle and uncovers a plot to steal one of the nation’s most prized works of art. Don't miss book 2 of the Cap City Kids Mystery-Thriller Series!
Capitol Kid
Series: Cap City Kids. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,570. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
A homeless teen with nothing to lose… A corrupt politician with everything to lose… What could possibly go wrong? On the run from local drug dealers, a young hacker hides out in the U.S. Capitol and soon finds himself entangled in a dastardly political conspiracy.

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