Write what you know what you write--right?Did Bill need to experience the exhilaration of performing before throngs of screaming fans to write the character of Dorsey Duquesne? Of course not, although jamming with his sons at Seattle’s Experience Music Project (pictured at left) was indeed a blast. The old adage of “write what you know” is certainly helpful to those starting out, for source material close-at-hand. But part of the thrill of writing--and subsequently reading--is discovering the unknown. Unknown characters, situations, settings and conflicts. The more one writes, the more one learns. And if one can’t experience something directly, guess what? There’s probably a book about it somewhere. So while Bill doesn’t always write what he knows, he certainly knows what he writes.
While readers will find references to advertising, music, twins, homebrewing and cartooning in his work, Bill’s fiction is just that. Were he limited to writing what he knew, his output would be far less imaginative and feature far more scenes of lawn care and commuting.
Bill has always treasured the power of books to transport him into other places and times; as an author, he takes equal pleasure in creating those places and times—and people to populate them. Consequently, he writes not merely about what he’s seen and done, but also things he couldn't possibly see or do.
And he’d like you to join him.
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