When I was ten years old, my mother received a phone call from a neighbor. After apologizing for the intrusion, the neighbor asked whether I was "all right" because she had seen me walking past her house in deep conversation with myself. "Oh, thatís just Billy," my mother chuckled. "Heís telling himself stories, he loves to do that."
And, in truth, I did and still do. Of course, now I share stories by writing them, but the urge to "tell stories" remains just as vivid as when I was a boy, though my path to becoming a writer was hardly a direct one. It included diversions as an officer in the U.S.. Coast Guard for more than three years and seven years as a practicing attorney and member of the Pennsylvania bar.
Now, I write and teach, and itís been this way since the 1970s. In all, Iíve authored or co-authored more than 20 nonfiction books, including five with my late wife June Noble, and five with my current wife, Angela Whitehill. Iíve written about stepfamily relationships, the need for inner privacy, psychiatryís alarming power over our lives, the art of writing, the art of classical ballet, censorship, the Watergate affair and life in the Aztec Empire. Many were chosen as book club selections by Book-of-the Month Club, Writers Digest Book Club and/or Dance Book Club.
My short work, both nonfiction and fiction, has appeared in more than one hundred magazines and newspapers with an occasional anthology thrown in. A representative list includes: Yankee Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Alfred Hitchcockís Mystery Magazine, Salon.com, Adirondack Life Magazine, Writerís Digest Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Garden State Golf Magazine, Northeast Golf Magazine, World War II Magazine, Vermont Ski News. For eight years (2000-2008) I was Contributing Editor for the six regional golf magazines of Divot Communications, and in 2008 I was Editor-in-Chief of New York Golf Magazine, Garden State Golf Magazine and Pennsylvania Golf Magazine.
Since 1985, Iíve been teaching Creative Writing at Community College of Vermont, both on the ground and online. In 2002, I began teaching Creative Writing, as an adjunct, at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ. and that continues. From 1991-2001, I was a Vermont Humanities Scholar with the Vermont Council on the Humanities, and from 1993-1998, I was adjunct faculty in the external degree program at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT.
Iíve appeared as lecturer and workshop presenter at numerous writerís conferences and festivals from coast to coast. A representative list includes: Mark Twain Memorial (Hartford, CT), Wilmington College (OH), Breadloaf Writerís Conference (VT), State of Maine Writerís Conference, Imagination Writerís Conference (OH), Win-Win Writerís Conference (CA), Las Vegas Writerís Conference (NV), College of New Jersey Writerís Conference.
And in connection with my books Iíve appeared on more than 40 television shows, including the Today! Show.
Hereís a list of my books in descending chronological order:
2010 HOWíD THEY DO THAT IN THE AZTEC EMPIRE? (Mitchell Lane Pubs)