Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a child of the fifties (the 1950s) and grew up watching classic sci-fi. As a boy I was really into dinosaurs (not surprising) and read all I could about Paleontology. In the 5th grade I was reading college books on the subject because I had read and learned everything else.
When I was in the 8th grade I was ready to go out and “Dig for Dinosaurs.” (Believe it or not, I did find fossilized bones at a lake in the 70’s.) Being a kid there wasn’t much I could do and got a little disappointed. One day my mother handed me an old scrapbook full of newspaper articles about UFOs. It fascinated me, and I dove right into the subject. I studied everything I could find, from the hoax books to the authentic reports books. Needless to say, I was hooked. In ’71 or ’72 I became one of the youngest members of MUFON (they didn’t accept teens unless you were sponsored).
In 1971 my best friend and I wanted to make our own sci-fi movie with a super-8 camera. We debated on the storyline, so we decided to write it out and see who came up with the best story. His ended up being a short story and mine kept growing and growing. Eventually it became a trilogy. I wrote it for ten years until I loaned my final typed version to a friend for feedback. He walked off with it and I never saw it again.
I shelved the project and didn’t go back to it until 2015 when I fractured my ankle. I had already retired as a party/wedding DJ after 32 years and my wife wanted me to do something else besides play video games all day. So, I found my old hand-written versions (I had a few) of the book, sat down and started typing. I broke it down into three books.
I found a publisher in late 2017 who was interested in the book when I had finished. The book has just been released and is now available on Amazon. The second book in the series is with them now and I’m writing the 3rd book at this time.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book’s name is “USA: Eliminated!” and is the first book in “The Jupiter Factor Series.” I always was a fan of sci-fi and a past ufologist. I loved the classic flying saucers movies like “The Earth vs. The Flying Saucers”, “War of the Worlds”, and “Bamboo Saucer.” You can say they helped me come up with the storyline.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think I have any unusual ones. I’m pretty sure a lot of people do the same things. Write while sitting their underwear. Wake up in the middle of the night to write a note on a thought or add something to the story. Listen to music in the background (when I get stumped sometimes I listen to songs like “Fly on UFO”, “Calling Occupants…”, and themes to sci-fi movies).
What authors, or books have influenced you?
At the very beginning I would say some of the authors and books on UFOs. Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Frank Edwards, John G. Fuller, and later Stanton T. Friedman, MSc.
Some of the books I read was “Incident at Exeter”, “Flying Saucers Have Landed”, “The Report on Unidentified Objects”, and a variety of Star Trek and other sci-fi books.
What are you working on now?
Book 3 of “The Jupiter Factor Series.” I haven’t decided on the title yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Networking, both in person and online. My first book just came out, so I haven’t had much experience yet on the best method. But I do know networking is one. I signed up for a sci-fi writers convention for next month and plan to have a table there to sell “USA: Eliminated!”
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t be afraid to talk to people about your book. You will be surprised who might be interested in it. Even service people who come out to your home. My plumber, lawn guy, and banker are interested in getting a copy.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This advice came from my DJ days. Network. And when doing trade shows where you have a table, stand in ‘front’ of the table, not behind. You can greet the people as they walk by and they are more likely to stop and visit.
What are you reading now?
Just finished the first three books from “The Unborn Galaxy Series” from Michael E. Gonzales and am now reading “Earthrise” by William C. Dietz.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Publishing book two, “Conflict Earth” and finishing book three (it’s going to be well over a year to do).
What is your favorite book of all time?
"War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells.
Author Websites and Profiles
William Nash Website