Today we welcome author Bill Hopkins.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
I’m a semi-retired judge and lawyer. That’s boring so I write.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Bill Hopkins: I’m writing a serial (not series) in several volumes: Courting Murder, River Mourn, Bloody Earth, Unfinished Grave, Dishonest Corpse, Harvest Death (not yet published), and The Angel Spoke Murder (not yet published). The message in my books is, when you finish it, you will say, “Hey, I enjoyed passing time by reading that novel.” They are all fiction.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Bill Hopkins: Yes. Harvest Death and The Angel Spoke Murder
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Bill Hopkins: Writing is easy for me.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Bill Hopkins: Spent since 1971 in the law!
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Bill Hopkins: James Lee Burke is my favorite.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Bill Hopkins: My mother, when I was young.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Bill Hopkins: I write popular fiction that’s fun to read.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Bill Hopkins: I write as often as I can, when I can.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Bill Hopkins: I will be writing as often as I can, when I can.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Bill Hopkins: If you spend more than a couple of months trying to write a book, put it away and start on another one.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Bill Hopkins: “Waiting for planes isn’t so bad when I read your books.”
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
Bill Hopkins: “Earlier in the year, a diagnosis of leukemia had finally convinced Rosswell to cherish his time. The possible death sentence transformed hours into precious coins he planned to spend wisely. If he was going to die, the last part of his life would be the best part. Although he didn’t advertise it, he felt the chemo treatments had affected his brain and sometimes left him weak. Needless to say, his brain was essential, like the hands of an artisan. A judge’s brain could turn to evil or good, the same as a technician’s hands could commit sin or virtue. Rosswell had pledged himself to do good. Among other things, there was little chance he’d spend his last days in jail.”