Will Holcomb

Biography

Will Holcomb is a software engineer, writer and playwright, among other things. His four part book "The Infinite Jeff", explores questions facing both the individual and society/humanity. It takes a fascinating look at religion and human potential. He is currently editing part 3 of "The Infinite Jeff", and working on a new play. The first play, "Shakespeare Rocks", was written for a youth troupe as a fun way to get them interested in Shakespeare. His second play, "Clinically Un-Depressed", premiered to sold out shows and standing ovations. It explores the possibility of how lives could be transformed if we simply reacted differently to others.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is an easy question. The greatest joy is watching a story develop right in front of me. Most of the time when I write I have only a vague idea of the story and plot so it is exciting watching a story come to life. Once I worked on a story with one of my sons. We started with an opening line and moved from there. That is extra exciting because there are no limits to where the story can go. After a few more sentences it started taking on it's own life and I am just a guy pressing keys on a keyboard. That is where the joy of writing ends with me. Editing is drudgery and promoting my writing is out of my comfort zone.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I think the story behind the book is as interesting as the book. I am an ex-school teacher and currently a software engineer, not a writer. Like most people, I toyed with the idea or writing a book but never acted on it. At one point in my career I got a job which was a one hour and forty-five minute commute one way. So, I had a lot of time to think and listen to audio books. I downloaded some wonderful books on http://www.loyalbooks.com/. One of the books was "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions." This book set some thoughts in motion and a great story idea. My sister is a writer, so I called her and pitched the idea. She told me should couldn't write the book but if I could send her an outline she would help write it. This sounded great. I plopped myself behind the keyboard, my fingers started moving and in about two months I didn't have an outline. I had a hundred thousand word rough draft.

My sister lived in Chicago and I lived in Texas. We spent a lot of time chatting on IM and talking on the phone. Google drive and Microsoft OneDrive allowed us to work together and revise the story. This worked well for a while but we really needed to be in closer contact. Well, a bankruptcy was just the thing we needed. Her three year job search in Chicago resulted in her having to move. Most of our family is in Texas now so she packed her family up and headed south to live with our parents until she could figure something else out. (We have wonderful parents.) She was now about five hours away. Well, that wasn't good enough so the stars and planets aligned and my group in work needed a technical writer. Three weeks later she was living in my RV in my driveway and commuting to work with me. We had to time to together to work on the book.
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Books

Clinically Un-Depressed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Plays » American / African American
Clinically Un-Depressed is a dramatic comedy about a boy with a chemical imbalance which causes him to not be able to be angry or sad. Due to his condition, his psychologically abusive father and the grumpy old man in the neighborhood have to deal with him differently than they deal with other people. Anger does not work with the boy.
The Infinite Jeff (part 2): A Parable of Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,430. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(4.80)
Please read part 1 before reading this part. Stanley, an out of work tech writer, gets a short-term contract job across the country. Of the three areas he feels give meaning to life: family, work, religion; he has left the only one of the three which has meaning to him, family, to go be ‘just a tech writer’ at ‘just another company.’ But ...
The Infinite Jeff (part 1): A Parable of Change
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,770. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00)
Stanley,an out of work tech writer,is unsatisfied with the meaning in his life. Of the 3 places he feels should have meaning,religion,work and family,only one gives his life purpose: family. In PART 1 this starts to change. Out of desperation to support his family, he takes a contract job across the country. He can't afford to fly so he takes a cross-country journey. Everything changes.

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