Meet the Members: Bill Thompson

“After years as a CEO in the corporate world, I started writing in 2009. I’ve written thirteen books so far, and I’m loving it.”

-Bill Thompson

A member of the Writers’ League since August of last year, Bill Thompson lives in Dallas, Texas.

Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?

BT: I’ve written eleven archaeological thrillers (think Indiana Jones) and two teen fiction books.

Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?

BT: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (I’m counting my “one author” as that pair). I’d ask them, “how did you come up with such a bizarre character as Aloysius Pendergast, one of my all-time favorites?”

Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?

BT: The Bible, because it takes a long time to read and even longer to understand. Plus you might need a little spiritual guidance while stuck on the island.

Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?

BT: I’m a newer member, so I’m excited to start learning!

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future? 

BT: After years as a CEO in the corporate world, I started writing in 2009. I’ve written thirteen books so far, and I’m loving it. My writing takes me all over the world. My archaeological adventures are set in Central America, Israel, Egypt, etc. I get to go there myself and research my books!

Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?

BT: As a “new” Texan (2009), I wanted to learn about the state’s history. I read Texas Rising by Stephen L. Moore. It’s a history of the Republic and the Texas Rangers. Very interesting.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!  

BT: If variety is the spice of life, my life has been spicy indeed! At one time or another over the years I’ve been: an international insurance broker; a mayor; head of a state prison board; a newspaper reporter; in jail (briefly, and wrongly!); a Bourbon Street piano player; a corporate entrepreneur; a church organist; a goat herder; president of an animal shelter; a father and grandfather; a world traveler; an attendee at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s knighting in Westminster; fluent in Russian; a passenger on the Concorde; a choir singer; a lifetime dog lover; a husband; and now . . . an author! My life is filled with blessings and I love every minute of it. I’m an armchair adventurer now, and I live vicariously through Brian Sadler, the primary character in my books!

Here’s my offical bio: Bill Thompson is the award-winning author of twelve novels. His latest is Temple: The Prophecy of the Hidden Treasure, and it’s available now on Amazon in paperback or ebook. Visit billthompsonbooks.com for more information!

Thanks, Bill!

If you’re a Writers’ League member and you’d be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at member@writersleague.org for more information. It’s a great way for other members to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you’re working on!

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