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About Bill

I was born in Fort Worth, Texas and now live thirty-five miles away in Dallas, Texas. That short distance produces more divergence than one might think. If both cities were apples, Dallas would be sliced and resting on a bed of arugula and kale with some nice vinaigrette, while Fort Worth would be sitting in a bin at the Farmer’s Market behind a sign that reads, “These are good old apples. If you’re looking for kale, Dallas is over there.”

In childhood I came to love fiction late, preferring history and science books instead. In my mid-teens I discovered science fiction and fantasy novels, particularly Roger Zelazny, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Harry Harrison, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Richard Brautigan, Robert Saberhagen, Piers Anthony, and Gordon R. Dickson. Michael Moorcock was also a favorite. I inhaled all five Elric books in one day while home with a bad cold. More recently I have particularly enjoyed the work of Christopher Moore, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Beuhlman, John Steakley, and Sir Terry Pratchett.

Death’s Collector is my first published novel, followed by Wee Piggies of Radiant Might in March 2019. The next book in my “The Death-Cursed Wizard” series will be Death’s Baby Sister, in production for release in May or early June 2019. I’m currently working on The Oldest Living Sorcerer, which I hope to have released after summer. Three unpublished novels preceded Death’s Collector, all of which I love like children despite their irredeemable flaws.

I earned a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. (Arlington lies halfway between Fort Worth and Dallas. The implications may best be imagined.) The most important thing I learned in college is that nobody is under any obligation to teach me anything, including professors. Especially professors, since they’ve attended classes on how to look down upon the uneducated. That detail may be fabricated, but the principle stands.

People have paid me to do an odd variety of things, including construction, market research, acting, and managing software projects. I live with my four cats, who are aspiring internet celebrities, and my patient, lovely wife, a woman so keenly determined that she would always be able to kill me if it came to a knife fight.