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Novel first draft.

Posted by Bill Spradley on October 7, 2016 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The trip to my daughters cabin paid off. First draft of Prairie Dog Town is complete. A great feeling to finish writing your first novel. Now for the hard part, revisions and editing.

The solitude was what I needed. I was able to get in 12,000 words in 5 days. I had a very emotional reaction to one part of the story that left me exhausted and trouble breathing. I'm sure I was reliving a similar incident. I'm now in Lincoln, Nebraska, preparing for a book signing at my hometown library. I love being a writer.

Writers retreat.

Posted by Bill Spradley on September 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I am going to be off the grid next week. Heading to my daughters cabin in southern Missouri to finish the novel Prairie Dog Town. No cell phone and no internet. I need to do this. It looks like I will have a book signing in Deadwood, South Dakota next June and I want this book published by then.

Booksigning at Seward Memorial Library

Posted by Bill Spradley on September 23, 2016 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been invited to a panel discussion and book signing in Seward, Nebraska on October 8 at one o'clock. See you there. It's my home town.

Review in Post-Dispatch

Posted by Bill Spradley on August 20, 2014 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Good news I received an email from Jane Henderson book page editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she had selected my book Interludes and Lunch for review in this Sunday's paper. I am excited. She says she gets 300 books a week for review and she picked mine. I am really excited. Things are looking up.

Nebraska Writers Syposium

Posted by Bill Spradley on August 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Traveled to Fairbury, Nebraska for the Nebraska Writers Symposium and had a fantastic time. I got to do a book signing and meet several new people. I also got to meet with Joan Wells, who is a world champion trick roper and the little sister of my high school girlfriend Janet Wells. Good to see her again. Good trip except I fell down a flight of stairs and broke 2 ribs. That hurt. But I'm up and running again.

Romcon and beyond.

Posted by Bill Spradley on July 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Romcon was fantastic. The book signing went well. I met my facebook friends both writers and fans. I got to spend four days with this bunch of terrific authors and friends. Cynthia St. Aubin, Tiffinie Helmer, Kerrigan Berne, Cindy Stark, Janet  and Kelli Zimmerman, and Crystal Anderson. They were terrific. They treated me like one of the girls. I don't know if that's good or bad. But definitely was fun. I got to read part of a story at the Magical Firsts event and received many favorable comments. Some from New York Times best selling authors.

Since Romcon I have been interviewed on Susan Finley's excellent blog and been invited to give a book talk at the Boone County  Missouri Historical Society. Book sales are plodding along on Amazon and I have placed Interludes and Lunch in the Seward Memorial Library and the St. Charles county library.

Besides that I am feeling better and more active than I was last November. Life is good Truly Le Bonne Vie.

Published!

Posted by Bill Spradley on May 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It's out there. Interludes and Lunch is on sale at amazon.com. Tomorrow I have my first book signing at Rendezvous Café and Wine Bar. What an amazing thing to happen in my life. It's a dream come true. I have so many friends that helped me along the way. My friends Sarah, and Jennifer and Rebeca, my inspiration Rhonda all contributed in some way. In the process I have found many new friends and will soon meet s9me at Romcon in Denver. An adventure that should have started when I was 21, has started at age 71. I wonder at what would have happened if I had begun this journey 50 years ago. I'm just happy it finally started. I hope you buy the book and enjoy my tales.

Contract for Interludes and Lunch

Posted by Bill Spradley on March 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Last Saturday I signed a contract to have a collection of short stories under the working title of Interludes and Lunch. It will have about 22 stories of varying types. This is the thrill of a lifetime. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a publisher author. I have had five stories published in anthologies and now the book. It has happened quickly as I just started writing a year and a half ago.

I want to thank all of the members of Saturday Writers and Coffee and Critique for their help and encouragement. A special thanks to Jennifer Hasheider and Rebeca Wise for their editing help. I could not have done it without them.

The journey has begun and where it takes me no one knows.

Short story awards.

Posted by Bill Spradley on September 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Surprise, surprise. I now have two award winning short stories to add to my resume. I have been awarded first place for "Cadillac Walk" in the Saturday writers color prompt short story contest and an honorable mention for "Interlude  no. 14 (Little Red Corvette)." Both stories will be published in the 2013 Cuivre River Anthology vol VII. I owe so much to my good friend Sarah Spence who encouraged me to begin writing. She realized that since I remembered things in such detail that I should be able to write about them. She was more right than I could have imagined. If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be a published author, I would have laughed at them. I now have written 20 short stories, 2 memoirs, an essay and a poem plus 2 novels half completed. It has been a wonderful learning experience and I have completed a childhood dream. Thanks to my friends at Saturday Writers and Coffee and Critique for their guidance and encouragement. It has been a memorable experience.

Beyond Repair.

Posted by Bill Spradley on October 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After much encouragement from some friends of mine I have begun writing a novel.  It was something I wanted to do in highschool and have thought about often over the years.  After recent trying events I decided now was the time. An idea came to me when I happened to come across some pictures of a small village in France that I visited many years ago.  It is coming along nicely and I really am enjoying fashioning a story that I hope will be of interest to others.

I have recieved a ton of help from the Saturday Writers group and from some of the guest speakers we have had at the meetings.  Jean Whately was especially helpful in her encouragement.  So far the few reviews I have had are positive.

So what can you get from this?  You are never too old to try something new..  Don't wait too long to start something but if you have hesitated, don't let age stop you.


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