Bill is a martial artist, author, and university professor in Colorado. He tries not to take himself too seriously while his work explores the interplay between religion and science, fantasy and technology, and what it means to be a human. Bill earned his Master’s Degree in Biological Engineering from Cornell University and lives happily ever after with his wife and daughter.
Alizel’s Song Book Synopsis
An unranked angel, Alizel, tells the inside story of the rebellion of Lucifer and the fall of man. Join him as he strolls through Heaven’s gardens, ponders theological questions with other angels, and battles against others who have turned away.
This epic tale will take you from the inner workings of the quark to the interplay between galaxies, from what lies hidden in the soul to the fundamental questions of good and evil.
How did your book come to life?
I heard a lecture from Sir John Polkinghorne about how God/Angels/Spirits might use the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to influence the world and be undetectable by science. I merged this with my desire to write about the War in Heaven and rebellion of Lucifer.
Who is you favorite character in your book and why?
I wouldn’t say favorite, but Lucifer was one of the most interesting characters to write. I had to make him believable enough that people would see why angels would fall, but also flawed enough to not win in the end. His plan had to make sense, and have a chance of success, without ever really having a chance. It’s confusing to explain without giving away the details.
How do you start writing a new book? What comes first? The characters? The story?
For me I start with an overall story framework, and then fill it in. This one was particularly challenging, because I had to make believable suspense with most readers already knowing the ending.
Without giving away details, Can you describe one interesting scene in your book in less than two sentences?
Michael and Orifel set the Star of Bethelehem in orbit by separating it into four different stars (current scientific understanding) which each hold a message about the future.
What other books are most similar to yours?
The Chronicles of Brothers Series
Chronicles of the Host
Have you written your entire life? Have you always considered yourself a writer?
Yes, my first novel, DreamQuest, was started in 6th grade. It recently outsold Harry Potter (at least for a couple of days) on Amazon.
Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done, or always wanted to do?
I have always done it. I also write martial arts books to help with running my school.
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
We are in the middle of a huge change. KDP is an amazing tool for authors, and Amazon is a large company that doesn’t play nice with others. They are agressively cutting out middlemen. It will be hard for some small publishers to survive. Still, the best ones will continue to do well.
What are your strengths as a writer?
Keeping track of multiple story lines and characters, and weaving them all together seamlessly.
If you had to choose, which writer would you like to have mentor you?
I was fortunate to exchange some letters from Lloyd Alexander before he passed away.
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