December 4, 2011

Wisconsin Inspires the Life and Writing of Author Billie A. Williams

I grew up along the upper Michigan and Wisconsin borderline. We moved a lot jumping from one side to the other. I was born in Park Falls, Wisconsin, lived on this side until I was in third grade then we moved to Ironwood Michigan, then Bessemer, then back to Rhinelander, Wisconsin – I like to say I have grass roots and every time the geese fly – North or South --I get wanderlust and ready to move again or at least travel somewhere. I Lived in Bayfield, Colorado a couple years – loved it out there but missed my Wisconsin/Michigan. I’ve always lived in small towns and currently I’m back in Wisconsin about 30 miles from the Upper Michigan borderline.
I am a wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother and great grandmother –sister, aunt, friend and writer – not necessarily in that order.
I am retired but work ‘part’-time. Anyone who started a part time 
job knows that usually means you work more hours than full time with fewer 
benefits and less pay…but I enjoy meeting and interacting with people. Fodder 
for my grist mill/writing as it happens.
I love helping people if I can. If I can do it behind the scenes even 
better, to that end, I donate ¼ of my royalties to various organizations and 
charities that are connected to each of my books in a certain way. My writing 
books for instance, I donate those percentages to the local libraries, my 
young adult book, I donate to the 4-H, two mystery/suspense deal with 
domestic and drug abuse I donate to the local shelter for domestic abuse 
victims. Every book has a place that receives that one quarter – it sometimes 
isn’t a lot, but if I ever get famous---those royalties will mean a great deal.
A good story is because of its great characters – no matter what the plot if the characters aren’t believable and full of life, someone you’d love or love to hate—you have no story - a plot is essential, but characters pull that plot into a good story.
Everything inspires me at one time or another. A sunflower grew and was 
blooming in the crotch of my maple tree – aha story.
My mother said her grandfather used to start every tale he told with the phrase, “When tag was a pub and turkeys chewed tobacco…”
That became fodder for Watch for the Raven--my young adult novel.

Best selling, award winning mystery/suspense author, Billie A. Williams writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry and has won numerous awards for her short/flash fictions stories, essays and poetry.  Over two dozen works by Billie are published in various magazines and novels.  You can find all her work at her website


Debby said...

Wow, I love the fact that you support some causes. I try to support as many as possible.
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Victoria Roder said...

Hello from central Wisconsin, Billie! I agree with you, I enjoy a story with good character development and people I care about.

Debbie Kump said...

Hi Billie,

I admire your dedication to helping others through your writing! I also understand your comment about working 'part'-time. I teach high school science part-time, but it feels more like full-time prep with part-time grading! Wishing you the best of luck with your writing and your continued commitment to so many different charities!

Nora said...

Hi, you are one busy person and I bet the wanderlust supports the setting in your stories. Best of luck on your retirement and stories.

Fran Orenstein said...

You are a wonderful writer and deserve to be famous. Lots of luck with whatever project you are working on now. Keep giving, you get it back double.

Heidiwriter said...

I love your grandfather's quote! We all need to pay attention to those gems--who know where they may lead? And good for your for donating to various causes.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

My, you have moved around, Billie. You see a lot of the country that way. :)

It is interesting where story ideas come from. They're all around us, if we take the time to look.

Nice post.