Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Interview with William Turner, Writer & Death Comes for the President’s Author

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1- Hello William, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I was educated in the parochial school system, served in the United States Army as a legal clerk—processing court martials.  Attained the rank of Specialist E5; honorably discharged.  Worked on the staff of the Mayor of Detroit; Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, and retired from State services as a supervisor.  I am a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, serving as an usher.

2- What are your focus areas and why?
I have but one focus area—writing mysteries.  I enjoy writing original mysteries which challenge the intellect, creating believable characters and plots.  

3- How do you describe “Death Comes for the President” in a few words?
Death Comes for the President profiles the political rise of a college graduate who goes to South America meets, falls in love with a stunningly beautiful woman, and marries. Returning to the United States, he has political aspirations. He runs for local and state office, and ultimately on the presidency.  He is ultimately murdered, and the United States government wants to exact retaliation, for it is perceived he was poisoned while on an economic summit.

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4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
I think my work is making an impact on the readers of mysteries, for they are looking for originality.  As such, they are demanding more from writers of mysteries.

5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job as an author?
Ideas are not free-flowing.  Authors are influenced by everyday encounters, and these encounters give rise to ideas, plots, and characters.  From these come storylines.  It is monumentally difficult to come up with original ideas.  
This question brings to me when I was sitting in church, and the priest was going on and on.  I said to myself, “Enough already.  We get it.”  Gesturing, I ran my hand across my throat.  While I was doing that, the priest turned in my direction and saw me.  I was embarrassed.  I couldn’t wait to leave.  While driving home, I had an idea:  Death Comes to the Vicarage.

6- What the word “Book” means to you?
Book to me means a method to impart information—to inform, to entertain, to enlighten.

7- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Within the next 5 years, I hope to see myself and be perceived as a credible mystery writer

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8- What can you tell young authors who are pursuing their dreams?
Be persistent.  Never-ever give up.  You must have a positive mindset.  Be patient because success doesn’t come overnight.  Be focused.  Be determined.  Know that struggling to succeed is enabling.
There’s this word that I share.  It’s manqué—short of or frustrated in the fulfillment of one’s aspiration or talent.  You cannot succeed if you don’t try and try again.  Allow no one or anything to distract you.  Seize your moment in time.

9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
The possibility of having my murder mysteries adapted.  

10- The last word or final thoughts?  
Thank you very much. 


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Noelle Elia
Noelle Elia
is a Financial analyst at PSPC. Graduated from Telfer School of Management, Finance/Accounting with interest to Entrepreneurship and New Media.
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