Born and raised in New York, Bill spent his middle years in Southern California. There, he raised two sons and enjoyed a twenty-five year career as a self-employed management consultant. For twenty years, Bill published and edited the Business Strategies Newsletter. He authored two business books, including, Strategic Thinking: A Four Piece Puzzle. Published in 2004, that book is currently in its third printing.
Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The City College of New York, School of Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business from California State University-Fullerton.
Thanks so much for your time! You have a varied background that led you to write!
Q: Tell us briefly about your book.
About my writing style – I think of it as easy-going. Others have described it as both humorous and friendly.
Q: What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write? Do you need the noise or the silence?
A: I’m one of those writers who prefers a quiet working environment. I find music to be a distraction. And it isn’t just while writing that I need quiet. I even have trouble reading while a TV or a radio is playing.
Q: I am always amazed when I see others doing several things while reading! If you could live in one of your books, which one would you live in?
A: If I could live in one of my books, I’d live in my recently published memoir, A Lifetime of Small Adventures. And since it’s a memoir, I actually did live in that book. My two earlier books are business books, and while I’m proud of having written them, they’re both descriptive of intellectual adventure, rather than physical and emotional adventure. My business books describe my lessons learned as a business consultant. But my memoir describes my lessons learned while experiencing life’s adventures. Whenever I read a chapter in my memoir, I enjoy re-living the adventure.
Q: How great to live in one of your books! How do you balance out the writer’s life and the rest of life? Do you get up early? Stay up late? Ignore friends and family for certain periods of time?
A: I confess that I’m an undisciplined writer. I don’t really have a set writing schedule. Instead, I catch a few hours here and there. And I’ve drafted quite a number of my ideas and stories in hotel rooms and on airplanes. Inspiration, at times, strikes me at some very odd moments – like when riding my bicycle or paddling my kayak. I then play with the idea in my head for a while. At my first opportunity, I sketch the idea on paper, and later draft the idea at my computer.
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