Five Things You Didn't Know about Bill Walker ...
I talk to myself when I'm alone. It helps me brainstorm ideas, so it's a useful toll with regard to writing. However, the habit stems from my childhood. I was a shy boy and it was a way to keep myself company and pass the time when I was alone. Fortunately, in this day of cell phones, I no longer look crazy when someone sees me carrying on a conversation in my car.
I like singing the blues. As much as I love playing rock and roll on my guitar, my voice is more suited to the old style crooning or something bluesy. One of my vocal idols is Al Jolson. This was a guy who was naturally gifted, but nevertheless trained his voice singing in theatres in the days before there was any amplification. I don't have that kind of range, but I can get down low where the money is, as Bing Crosby used to say.
When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I had very long hair. With the beard I also sported, people thought I looked like Duane Allman. Now, I wish I had some of it back.
I went to my first rock concert the day before my 13th birthday on August 2, 1969 (I know, I'm dating myself). My parents took me to the legendary Fillmore East in New York City where we saw Santana (only two weeks before their classic performance at Woodstock), Canned Heat, also of Woodstock fame, and Three Dog Night. It was a night I've never forgotten.
When I was about six years old, I visited my grandparents in Detroit. One afternoon my grandfather took me to the railroad yard where he used to work many years before. There are all kinds of trains in the yard and he convinced one of his buddies to let me drive one of the engines and hook up a couple of cars. It was a great experience for a boy who was totally into trains at the time.
About The Author:
A graduate of Emerson College's prestigious film school, Bill wrote and directed his first feature film, Pawn, while still a student. After graduation, he co-founded Newbury Filmworks, Inc., an award-winning production company renowned for making high-quality corporate films and commercials.
In 1990, Bill relocated to Los Angeles, and began a freelance story analysis career for various studios and independent production companies, while devoting his spare time to the writing of novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is also a highly-respected graphic designer, specializing in book and dust cover jacket design. He has worked on books by such luminaries as: Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. In addition, Bill is a member of the Authors Guild.
Ha has won awards for his screenwriting, his two short story collections for Mid-Graders, Five-Minute Frights and Five-Minute Chillers, are perennial Halloween favorites, and his first novel, Titanic 2012 was enthusiastically received by readers. His second novel, Camp Stalag was released in 2001. Bill lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Debbie, and their sons, Jeffrey and Brian.
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Book Description: Titanic 2012
Best-selling mystery novelist Trevor Hughes has no idea that attending his twentieth reunion at Harvard will forever change his life.
Persuaded to go by his on-again-off-again girlfriend, D. Julia Magnusson, he meets up with three old friends: Solly Rubens, a self-made Wall Street millionaire; Ken Faust, a successful software entrepreneur; and Harlan Astor, New York real estate tycoon and the glue that holds their circle together.
That afternoon, over drinks at the Harvard Club, Harlan drops his bombshell: He is doing what James Cameron did not - he is rebuilding the Titanic, and sailing the ship on the hundredth anniversary to honor those who died, including his great-grandfather, John Jacob Astor IV. Only Trevor is intrigued by Harlan's audacity. Touched by his friend's interest and concern, Harlan invites him on the maiden voyage to serve as the official chronicler.
On April 10, 2012, Trevor journeys to Southampton and, along with the hundreds of handpicked passengers, boards the Titanic. He is awed by the immensity of the ship and the feelings that well up in him. His friend has made his grand dream a reality.
During the journey, armed with his iPod Touch and a miniature wireless camera hidden in his glasses, Trevor interviews both passengers and crew, eager to learn the reasons why they chose to sail on the reborn ship.
Nearly every one of them claims to have been profoundly affected by Cameron's film, wanting to recapture the magic for themselves. And some of them are dying - their last wish to be on the maiden voyage of the new Titanic.
Trevor is touched that his friend has allowed these people to come aboard, and is unprepared when he meets Madeleine Regehr, a beautiful, free-spirited woman who resists his entreaties to be interviewed, intriguing Trevor all the more. Slowly, and inexorably, Maddy draws him out of his shell, allowing him to love deeply and completely, for the very first time in his life.
But Trevor soon discovers a darker purpose for the voyage, a purpose that threatens to destroy him and the woman he loves. In a race against time that pits friend against friend, Trevor must stop the unstoppable or risk a horrific replay of history ...
Book Excerpt: Titanic 2012 - Chapter 1