Welcome, Bill. So nice to have you here today. Your book sounds like a good read. Is there a story behind THE DAY SHE DIED?
THE DAY SHE DIED has its origins in my constant reliving my high school basketball days in my mind. I enjoyed imagining myself playing and doing everything differently with the knowledge I had as an adult. It was a fun exercise, but also kind of sad because I realized I had a lot of regret about my past. At the time, I’d written three novels, and had an agent, so I decided to write a novel where a man gets to relive his past. I’d read a few time travel books like REPLAY by Ken Grimwood, and THE TIME LOTTERY by Nancy Moser, and I loved the idea of second chances. Of course, my fiancé was never murdered like Kim in THE DAY SHE DIED, but I had to make it a mystery.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Kids, time, tv, life. I’m like every other writer out there. Its incredibly hard to find time to write. I work full time as an auditor in the health care industry, plus I have 3 kids between ages 5 to 12, and I always make them first.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I read fiction! One third Christian fiction and at my peak I read about 90 a year. I love authors like John Sandford, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly. I’ve also been reading some Swedish thriller writers like Steig Larseen, Jo Nesbo, and Karin Fossum. I love reading a Christian novel that compares to, or is better than its Christian counterpart. Authors like Stephen James, J. Mark Bertrand, James Scott Bell, Randy Singer, and Ted Dekker are some of my favorites.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I am a list maker. I have made a list of every movie I’ve seen and every book I’ve read (that I can remember) and rate them and rank them.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love the shift in the weather from 100 degrees to 60, the leaves changing colors, and of course football season. Fall is a great time that leads up to Thanks giving, which just might be my favorite holiday as well. Fall is a season for family to me.
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
I really remember and cherish the fact that my parents spent so much time with me. They took me and my brothers to all our games and practices and I could tell they really enjoyed it. Famil vacations were always special too. They went out of their way to make my childhood special. The cool thing about it is that I’m living through the same life experiences with my kids, and I can remember how my parents handled the same situation, and what they did is an inspiration to me. I want to be there for my kids the same way my parents were for me.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I put off answering these questions…No just kidding…but sometimes writing or being creative is difficult when there are easier things to do and I have a small fear somewhere inside me I may not have my best or say the write things, or I need to say something perfect but don’t have the time to ensure that it is perfect.
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
A few years ago, my family took the perfect vacation to Disney World. We paid extra to stay on a Disney property so we could use their transportation and eat their meals. It was low stress and extreme fun. I carried a little video camera around and made a highlight video of our trip. Each night, I wrote about what we did that day. I wrote about the food, the rides, the fun, the troubles, and the funny things that happened. It wasn’t just a vacation, but a story of our lives that my family will remember forever.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
My first answer is no, but then I reflect on the themes of my three novels and I realize there is an overaching theme, and that is we’ve all messed up, and no one is perfect, but God has blessed each of us with a wonderful life, or God is capable of bringing anyone out of the darkness and into the light, regardless of their past. It feels like the spiritual themes of my novels were written to address my own spiritual weaknesses at the time. Writing THE DAY SHE DIED helped me accept my life and the decisions I’d made and to not live every day thinking about what I could have done differently.
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Debut author Bill Garrison lives the American Dream with his family of five in Oklahoma City. As a graduate of Oklahoma University, Bill works in the healthcare and accounting industry by day, but lives his creative side once he leaves the corporate world. After putting the kids to bed with a good story, he turns to his laptop and spins his daydreams into novels. Bill Garrison, CPA by day, story weaver by night.
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