Every Author should have an electronic presence. What better way than WordPress?
This blog is the central landing spot for all writing projects I am undertaking. There will be some history to come, as well as the warts-and-all nitty-gritty of how a regular guy becomes an accomplished author. If I get there, I mean. That’s the major goal.
Mug Shot, suitable for the book jacket that exists in my fevered brain:
Contact my agent: When I get one.
CONTACT ME, if you really want to: Go to that OptOnLine.net thang, and send email to BillPatt Sorry, it’s not clickable, but those spammers. Damn.
Standard Author Bio, written in the third person:
Bill Patterson, 53, has been interested in writing science fiction ever since college. The author of one commercially successful CAD software book, Bill was a magazine columnist in the same area. He has been published in JournalStone’s “90 Minutes to Live”, as well as Mutation Press’s “Rocket Science”. He and his wife of 31 years, Barbara, live with their two sons in Central New Jersey.
Regular Author Bio for the Curious
I was born at a very early age. As part of a military family, we moved around a LOT. My dad’s last duty station was West Point, NY, and I was fortunate enough to be admitted to the Class of 1982 (“The Select Few”). It was at West Point that I met the woman I would marry, Barbara. We’ve been married since 1983.
I was in the US Army for 6+ years, ending my tour in West Germany (how quaint that sounds!). I joined a civil engineering firm, then, six years later, a transportation company.
Why do I write? Why does anyone write? Because they have something to say. For me, I have ideas boiling around all the time–situations, cool concepts, occasionally diatribes, but overall, I have characters in my head that demand their chance at existence. Who am I to stand in their way?
National Novel Writing Month
So, I give back–I am serving as Co-Municipal Liaison to the Central NJ Region.
Princeton Writing Group
Since NaNo tends to peak in November and rapidly dies off thereafter, I help with the Princeton Writing Group, a Meetup.com group that has been going strong for at least five years. Write-ins, daytrips, Book-Con outings, PWG does it all.
Three Day Novel
I got into this as a direct result of being in NaNoWriMo in 2007. I dithered for several years, then finally took the plunge in August of 2010. Insane! Write a 30k novella in 72 hours? But I did it, and haven’t missed a year.
The other benefit from this contest is that it results in a work that can either be trimmed to a short story, or inflated into a novel. I highly encourage everyone to try this contest as a bucket list item.