As a writer/director Bill’s work won over 60 national and international awards including the C.S. Lewis Honor Award and has sold over 8 million books and videos including, “McGee and Me” “My Life as…” “Forbidden Doors,” “The God Hater” and his latest, “The Judas Gospel.” For more info, visit his website.
Let the conversation begin!
What initially drew you to writing?
At 18 I made a promise to always say yes to God — regardless of how uninformed He may be of His request. I’d seen three movies and read three books in my life — Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, and Pinocchio. Walked out of the fourth, The Godfather, shaken to the core by the power of the media for evil and told God He had to raise people up in that area to inspire folks for good. He said, “Yup.” After 6 weeks of arguing, I changed my college major. I started off writing TV shows and movies but when word of my faith got out into the community and no one was hiring me, I turned to books. (Now we’re turning my books into movies).
How many words to write each day?
I write a 1000 words a day.
Are you an outliner or a seat-of-the-pants writer?
Because I write suspense and can’t afford to go off on rabbit trails and bore people, I write from a detailed outline. My most common e-mails are from folks who say they can’t put my stuff down. That’s one of the advantages of having ADD. When outlining I’ll always get bored before the reader.
When are you the most productive?
I work 8AM-5PM (spending the first hour hanging out with the Lord). That first hour is often when my ideas come.
What advice would you give young writers?
Write every day. We never get it 100% right and never stop getting better, so the sooner you make your mistakes the sooner you’ll be over them and move on to a brand new set!
Tell us what you’re currently working on.
I’m still working on promoting The God Hater hard and heavy. I think it’s about my most important work and I want as many folks to be touched by it as possible. Here’s the website.