Name Bill Ward
Where are you from Brighton, UK.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Had a long career in IT, which took me around the world and retired 2 years ago to write full time. Live with my German partner Anja. I have 7 daughters, 1 son, 2 horses, 1 dog, and 2 cats so lead a busy life!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My new thriller Trafficking will be out on 1st March.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always enjoyed English Literature at school and in my early twenties started to work on a novel but became sidetracked by my career. In my thirties I finished a book, sent it to a couple of publishers, who were quite positive but said to get an agent and about the same time my career took me to Japan and then Italy, leaving little time for writing. Two years ago I decided to retire early to concentrate on writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my second book was out, which proved I wasn’t a one trick pony!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I grew up during the Irish troubles when the IRA were bombing London and Birmingham. I have vivid memories of those times and it was difficult to imagine then there would ever be the peaceful times we have today so it just seemed perfect material for a thriller. The book ended up being called Revenge.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so. My first book had multiple points of views, which can be a bit controversial but my second was quite different so I’m open to whatever style I think suits the story.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first book was all about ‘Revenge’ so title choice was very easy. My second book is about ‘Encryption’ software and my third is to be called ‘Trafficking.’ I like strong, single word titles.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Encryption is about the times we live in and State surveillance of everything we say and write.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The reviews of Encryption are generally very positive about how topical and realistic the story is.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I incorporate some of my experience in Encryption because I worked in software for forty years but it’s a light touch as I didn’t want to swamp people with technical jargon.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
As a kid, reading The Secret Seven adventures by Enid Blyton first got me interested in mysteries. I then read everything from The Three Musketeers to Black Beauty before I was ten. Reading for me is mostly pure escapism and I love Simon Scarrow who transports you to Roman times and provides a great adventure story based on real events.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I read a book approximately every 3 days and am currently reading I am Pilgrim, which is absolutely brilliant!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
As an Indie author I have been determined to support other Indie writers and I’ve found some great writers but too many to pick out any individual. Based on what I’ve read so far of I am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes goes very high on my favourites list after just one book.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
On 1st March my new thriller Trafficking will be released.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
RaveReviewsBookClub is a fantastic support for Indie authors and I would strongly recommend to everyone.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely and I have now been full time for two years.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Every time I look at a book I’ve written I feel it can be improved but I wouldn’t make any major changes to characters or plot.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From an early age I always had my face in a book so the progression to writing stories was natural.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
A snippet from Trafficking!
“I know Vanessa and Bella believed in you and I remember a time when many others put their faith in you and you didn’t let them down. So we are going to have one more drink, then we’re going downstairs and after everyone has gone we’ll get very drunk and remember the past but starting tomorrow, you are going to keep doing whatever it takes to bring Bella’s killer to justice.”
“You told me to do nothing, to leave it to the police.”
“Yes but I didn’t believe for one minute you would listen to me.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I enjoy everything about writing but the most challenging aspect of a thriller is to include twists, which the reader can’t spot coming.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Impossible question! Simon Scarrow is high on my list because he writes historical fiction set in Roman times and I not only love his plots and characters but also learn so much about what it was like to live in those times. Simon is a history professor so knows what he is talking about.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I have travelled a great deal and incorporate some of that experience in my books. Otherwise I use the Internet for research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I am lucky to have a personal friend who is a graphic artist and spends his life in the creative world though not normally designing book covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Each book has different challenges. Encryption is about technology but I had to keep explanations simple. Trafficking is about human sex trafficking and I didn’t want to make the book too dark, which it could easily have become.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
My research for Encryption revealed amazing information about how our governments read and listen to absolutely everything we say or write.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read, Read, Read! Learn from the success of others. The more you read the better writer you will be.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading and reviewing, especially at the beginning when I was completely unknown and had no idea if what I had written would be appreciated!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really but it was probably The Secret Seven or similar.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at most types of humour and cry at anything remotely sad.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
So many but perhaps Winston Churchill. He was a truly great man.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Beloved father as I have 8 kids. (7 daughters and one son)
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I’m keen on most sports and a huge fan of West Bromwich Albion.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy action movies and thrillers like Homeland, Game of Thrones and Spooks.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I eat everything but especially enjoy Asian food. Blue is my colour. I have very eclectic music tastes. In the last few days I have listened to Alfie Boe, Meatloaf, Beautiful South and Adele amongst others.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I had a long career in IT but with hindsight would have liked to be a politician.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I blog on Goodreads. This is my latest post. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7263461.Bill_Ward/blog