Interview with sci-fi author Bill Adler Jr.

Author
Bill Adler Jr. joins me today to chat about his new science fiction novel, No Time to Say Goodbye.
Bio:
Bill
Adler Jr. is the author of numerous books, including No Time to Say Goodbye, a
time travel love story, The Binge-Watching Cure, a short story anthology, Tell
Me a Fairy Tale, a storytelling guide, and Outwitting Squirrels, which the Wall
Street Journal called “a masterpiece.”
He’s the publisher at Claren Books, www.clarenbooks.com,
a fiction publishing company.
Adler
grew up in New York City, went to college in New England, lived for two decades
in Washington, DC and now makes his home in Tokyo.
He’s a licensed pilot and unlicenced writer.
Welcome,
Bill. Please tell us about your current release, No Time to Say Goodbye.
Yesterday,
all Dennis Tanner wanted was to love his wife, Rachel, and to be the best
doctor he could. Today, all Dennis wants is to stop traveling forward in time,
before the woman he loves, his friends, and his entire world are gone.
Will
Dennis discover the answer to why he’s been traveling into the future? Will he
finally be able to stop or will he continue to travel, alone and bereft, until
time itself ends?
No Time to Say Goodbye is a gripping novella
about one man’s desperate attempt to hold onto love and life no matter what
happens, no matter where—or when—he is.
What
inspired you to write this book?
I
had this thought. What would happen, what would it be like if you were
traveling forward in time, but didn’t know why or how. How would it feel if you
knew that soon everyone and everything you knew and loved would be gone, lost
in the past.
Excerpt
from No Time to Say Goodbye:
“Where have you been?” Rachel repeated softly,
her lips stiff. “Where have you been, Dennis?”
“I
guess I fell asleep after dinner and slept through the entire day? I’m sorry
that I got into bed with my shoes on. I’ll change and wash the sheets. It’s my
fault.” Dennis couldn’t fathom how he’d got from dinner table to bed without
remembering that, but there was no denying that he had. And no denying that he
needed medical help, urgently. A freakish sickness was sucking him into deep,
rocky earth, and soon the weight of the rocks would keep him from being able to
climb up and out. Despite feeling good, he wasn’t okay. He knew that, as sure
as he knew when one of his patients was sick.
“You’ve been gone for two years,” Rachel finally
said.
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I’m writing a time travel novel about a young
girl who travels uncontrollably into the past.
When did
you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve
wanted to be an author for a long, long time. But I got sidetracked and became
a literary agent instead. Being an agent was sometimes rewarding and fun, but
it was also frustrating because I want to spend time writing books, rather than
representing them.
Now I’m much happier spending my days as a
writer rather than an agent.
When
I was a student, I was a terrible speller. I still am, but in the pre-spell
check days, every word I wrote had a chance—make that a likelihood—of being
misspelled. Our English teacher marked down papers for misspellings. Because of
that, I tended to use words that I was reasonably sure I could spell: slim
words, simple words, safe words. My English teacher noticed, of course, and she
thought I had a small vocabulary. She offered this advice: “Your vocabulary
isn’t good. You should not consider a career as a writer.”
Do you write full-time?
If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
I
really wish I could write from about 3 AM until 5 AM, when my cat does
everything in her power to keep me awake. These are lost hours.
I
like to write in the mornings and right until dinner. I take a break from
writing during the middle of the day for other work, exercise, and getting out
of my apartment. After dinner it’s rare that I write. I usually read in the
evenings.
My
travel laptop is a small, light Chromebook. If I know I’m going to be waiting
someplace for a while, I take that laptop with me so that I can write wherever
I am.
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I
write quickly, but editing and rewriting are painful, slow processes for me.
True story: I was in the middle of rewriting a book when my endodontist’s
office called to say that they had a cancelation and I could come in today to
have my root canal. Root canal or rewriting? I went for the root canal.
As a
child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I
remember saying that I wanted to be a doctor because I had a toy doctor’s bag.
That idea stuck with me through college, when I realized I enjoyed keyboards
more than stethoscopes.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I’d
like to echo Stephen King who said that reading can be done in long sessions or
a few minutes here and there. Learn to sip books and you’ll be able to read as
much as you want.
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Thanks for joining me today, Bill.

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