I’ve known Bill Weldy for a few years and he’s always been a laconic gentleman. He uses his words sparingly, is the antithesis of charismatic, and a throwback to the laid back days of the fifties. That being said, he’s also compassionate about his family, writing, friends, and God — not necessarily in that order. He’s also a writer with a specific mission — to get you from chapter one to the end of his novel in a way that will lift your spirits and clean your mental pallette of unsavory characters and not so happy endings. As you can tell by his official bio below, he’s a simple man and a refreshing change from the explosive and bombastic authors I’ve met in the last few years.
William Weldy is a retired police lieutenant from a large Ohio city and also a retired high school teacher.
Now, read on to find my interview with Bill Weldy, then a look at three of his novels, including the recently released ‘Murder in the Hills’.
Hi Bill. Thanks fro dropping by the man cave. Have a seat get comfortable, and tell me about your newest release.
Hi John. Thanks for having me. Well, my newest release is MURDER IN THE HILLS. The story is a sequel to my first novel OUTLAWS. It’s an action adventure/ police procedural novel. Once again retired cop, Josh Grant is pulled into a murder investigation by the inadequate Sheriff Department of Caribou County, Idaho. He is now married to the girl, Jolene, he saved in the Outlaws story. Deputy Mark Zimmer and Josh travel to Boise to interview the murder victim’s widow and when she is kidnapped by the murderer they must follow the trail to Las Vegas. There they uncover a Mexican drug cartel involved in a money laundering scheme with the murder victim. Mark and Josh are hampered by the FBI and DEA who have their own investigation to pursue.
Sounds great!!! What’s on your agenda for 2015?
I have several projects slated before my time runs out. I have a partially finished sequel to my second novel, THE ONION CAPER, that I will finish yet this year. It will be titled NEMESIS. I’m also working on a true story that I will turn into a novel based on fact. It will be called THE CHRISTMAS KILLINGS. It’s a series of six murders by a group of teens on Christmas. Their motive was nothing more than the thrill of killing. And in the background, I have a western shoot-‘em up called THE GUN that I’m co-authoring. I have no idea which project will get finished first.
As an author, what’s your biggest pros and cons of writing?
Like most writers I know, I simply cannot not write. So the only con I can think of is how tired my butt gets sitting at the computer all those hours. I’ve had friends tell me: “You can’t be tired. It’s not like working a job.” I would challenge any CEO to sit as long as I do and exercise their brain through the thousands of ways a sentence can be written.
The pro for writing is the internal satisfaction I get every once in a while when I turn a phrase just right and now the satisfaction I get from being published, a goal I’ve strove for since high school.
Of all the characters in your books, which is your favorite?
Well my most outstanding character would be Josh Grant, the hero of two novels. The only problem I have with him is finding ways to make him vulnerable or have some flaws. The villains in all my stories are combinations of all the bad guys I came across in my thirty-three year police career. I try to make them vile and disgusting.
Hollywood wants one of your novels for a major motion picture, but they want to change several things and so on. Do you take the easy money, or hold out for some control of the picture?
If Hollywood comes calling, they can rewrite the entire story as long as I get credit for it. Strange that you ask though, I recently wrote a screenplay for OUTLAWS and thanks to an actress friend, it is now in the hands of a producer. I have no idea whether it will ever see the silver screen, but once again very satisfying to have written a screenplay.
Do you have a mentor or someone who helped you immensely in the past?
I really don’t have a mentor other than the fellow authors at Internet Writers Workshop (including you) who have helped make my writing better. Originally my tenth grade English teacher encouraged me to write based on a few essays I submitted. She lived to see me publish a professional magazine article, but none of my creative works. I regret that.
One final question. Who’s your favorite author?
I couldn’t possible identify my favorite author. I have several. As a young man I admired the American elite, Faulkner, Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, etc. Now days I adore Terry Pritchett and will miss his writing. Any of his Disc World novels would be a good read. I also admire Pat Conroy and John Irving. What I mostly read now are action novels by Childs, Flynn, Wood, and a new guy named Fazio.
Thanks for your time, Bill, and much success in the future.
Read on to discover three of Bill Weldy’s action-packed novels~~~
SYNOPSIS — Ex-cop, Josh Grant, chooses to live as a recluse in the mountains of Idaho as penance for failing to protect his murdered wife and child in Detroit. His new serenity is shattered when he stumbles onto the murder of his only friend and an attempted rape of his friend’s daughter, Jolene. By saving Jolene, Josh brings a wrath of hell down on him and Jolene from a vicious biker gang known as the Outlaws. The gang starts a blood war when they try to eliminate witnesses to the murder and seek revenge for the killing of a brother biker.
By Just my opinion on September 8, 2012 Format: Kindle Edition
“Outlaws” lives up to its title in quite an unexpected way. It initially puts the reader into an Old West cowboys and outlaws mindset before one realizes everything is happening in modern day. The characters are well formed and the plot unfolds immediately. Loved the suspense woven in to keep the reader rushing from one page to the next. Bad news is it’s a quick read. Looking forward to a sequel or at least another novel from William Weldy in the near future.
SYNOPSIS — A brutal murder with no apparent motive in a peaceful Idaho mountain town baffles the local sheriff, who’s more used to dealing with lost cats and escaped cattle, so he calls on Josh Grant, a local rancher and retired homicide detective. After bringing down a murderous motorcycle gang last year, Josh wants nothing more than to run his small farm and care for his newly pregnant wife, Jolene. Deputy Mark Zimmer, who saved Josh and Jolene’s butts earlier that year, talks Josh into helping in an advisory role that soon finds him and Mark mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel, corporate money laundering, and kidnapping, as the investigation leads them to Boise and then to Las Vegas. Can they and their families survive the vengeance of the cartel, or have they brought big city violence to their once safe and secluded town? Will the FBI and DEA help, or try to bury the murder in pursuit of their own Federal investigation?
A good read with twists and turns right up to the end. April 13, 2015 By James Or M. Wheeler Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cop book. This is the second book I have read by this author.
SYNOPSIS — Young Cole McKenna finds himself with a criminal record for stealing onions. He struggles to overcome the stigmata of helping Officer Bradley with investigations of a burglary and, later on, drugs in his small town high school. Along the way he discovers the dangers of police work when he’s almost killed.
Memorable and compelling read March 27, 2015
By Anita H Format:Kindle Edition
From the very beginning of this story, I was hooked. Not only was Cole an easy to relate to character, but his story was compelling and entertaining. I literally couldn’t put it down for two days, and my computer was open on my counter even as I was making dinner. The issues in the book were authentic teenage experiences, which made me think it was intended for YA, but as a 30-something who tends to enjoy grim tales, I found this story a breath of fresh air and its subtle humor and genuine likability made it thoroughly enjoyable.