Bill wrote his first 'hardcore' science fiction book in second grade during book week. It was a five-page interplanetary epic, with a montage front cover and full page drawings. He came second in the competition which annoyed the hell out of him. His first ever sci-fi read was Isaac Asimov's Space Ranger series, and since then has read and watched everything and anything that can be even remotely classified as science fiction. His biggest and most influential reads are P.K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle and D. Simmon'sThe Hyperion Cantos. These days his reading time is sacrificed in the pursuit of writing down his own stories from ideas he accumulated over the years.