The Torch is Passed – Reviews!

This is a composition of several (six!) book reviews for The Torch is Passed in 2016.

MURDER AND INTRIGUE: GREAT SUMMER READING – RECOMMENDED BY Z’SCOOP by Hampton Rhodes

Treat yourself to some great summer reading with these two books available in both print and e-books by Bill Powers   – “The Pharm House” and “The Torch Is Passed.” These page-turners will keep you firmly planted on your beach towel at the shore, or your sleeping sofa on the back porch of your mountain cabin for hours – but it will only seem like a minute!

Almost three years ago, Powers burst onto the fictional writing scene with his first and highly acclaimed novel, “The Pharm House,” which was a finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. “The Pharm House” introduced readers to the Dr. Nicholas Harding family and a mystery involving malpractice, greed, murder and corruption. A re-edited version was re-issued in September of 2015.

This past year, in 2015, a sequel to the Harding family saga continues in “The Torch Is Passed,” with the challenges of Nicholas’s daughter Andrea who has inherited the family business through the murder of her family. Having just graduated college, Andrea not only has to run the family business, she must also solve the mystery of who would want to kill both her father and her uncle – and why.

In “The Torch is Passed,” emboldened by intriguing new friends and allies, Andrea sets off on an onerous undertaking to find answers – the true answers – of who and why her family has been so viciously attacked as she struggles to preserve the family business.

Mystery, intrigue, big business protectionism, murder, espionage and, yes – even historical politics – are woven into this masterfully told, emotional vortex of action, adventure, redemption and revenge.

 According to online book critic Patricia Day’s review of “The Torch Is Passed,” which she gave 5 stars, “This is a fast-paced story of greed, murder, and ambition. Thrown into the mix are characters from the Russian mob, whose cold, calculated methods to annihilate anyone crossing their path leave you breathless, and you have a book that will grab you from the very first page. It is a tale of corporate greed and misguided trust and broken trust. I enjoyed this book very much. There’s a lot of detail, but the characters are strong and you quickly determine whose side you are on. Well written.”

Bill Powers came to authorship from 26 years in pharmaceutical research with the Johnson & Johnson Company in north-central New Jersey. Both his parents were teachers and had great influence on his love of language, communication and story telling. With a Doctorate degree in Toxicology, and this wealth of experience in pharmaceutical research, Powers has morphed himself into a substantial writer of mystery and intrigue adeptly and forcefully crafting well-told stories rife with cunning and the art of the surprise reveal.

Z’Scoop recommends you read both books in order of publication – first “The Pharm House” and then “The Torch Is Passed.” You’ll be glad you did!

 

Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers’ Favorite (5 Stars) 3-17-16

The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story is written by Bill Powers. Having just graduated college, Andrea finds her world ripped apart when two family members are shot. Her father is one and, with his life hanging in the balance, she must take control of the family business until he recovers. Business partners, Carlton and Jefferson of Oakes Industries make a play to not only take over but own Harding Industries. They offer a staggering amount of money in an attempt to obtain control, but fail despite the amount offered. Why would they be prepared to pay so much for a company worth much less?

Andrea is fast-tracked to adulthood as the world she once knew vanishes. An attempt on her own life leads her to find trusted support in Beth and Riva. Both women are powerfully able to defend and protect not only Andrea, but also those she holds dear. Her determination to keep Harding Industries intact for future growth, takes her along violent pathways, meeting very disagreeable, volatile people.

This is a fast-paced story of greed, murder, and ambition. Thrown into the mix are characters from the Russian mob, whose cold, calculated methods to annihilate anyone crossing their path leave you breathless, and you have a book that will grab you from the very first page. It is a tale of corporate greed and misguided trust and broken trust. I enjoyed this book very much. There’s a lot of detail, but the characters are strong and you quickly determine whose side you are on. Well written.

 

Reviewed by Angela Campbell – https://addictedtoreviews.wordpress.com/ 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  *****  

Full Text: I absolutely loved this book. Most books you can tell by at least halfway through, who done it. On this one, not so much. Through the whole book, you are given bread crumbs, but not enough to find your way home. It is steady, solid, and well-paced. History buffs will love this story, there is quite a bit to it, with a lot of big names making an appearance. John D. Rockefeller to name one off the top of my head, along with some very crucial events in our nation’s history, the appearance of locomotives, the rise of the oil industry, etc. There is a lot of meat to this story which I enjoyed very much. I cannot wait to see more from Bill Powers, and would love to read Deirdre’s story. I am sure that one has an amazing tale to share.

 

Reviewed by Susan Roberts

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ****

Full Text: This is the first book that I’ve read by Bill Powers but I plan to go back and read the first book in this trilogy and am anxiously waiting for the third book. This is a suspense thriller with lots of mystery and intrigue and really bad guys who are targeting the Harding family. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was not sure who the person was that started the chain of events that led to the shooting until the very end of the book. It was a difficult book to put down once I got started. I enjoyed the dynamic between Andrea and her friends who acted as her extended family after her father and uncle got shot and she was attacked in her own home. She started out the book as a student on her way to law school and ended up as a woman with attitude. My favorite two characters were Beth and her daughter Riva – the interplay between the two of them was so snarky that I looked forward to their scenes together. Overall it’s a great book full of interesting characters working together to solve the mystery of who wanted to wipe out the entire Harding family. (Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this book for a fair and honest opinion)

 

Reviewed by Virginia Winfield

Rating:      5 out of 5 stars

 Full Text: I so enjoyed this story. It would not be easy to get a couple of police at your door in the middle of the night telling you that your father and uncle had been shot and were in critical condition. Then when you think things have settled a little, you are then attacked in your own home. What do you do? Andrea Harding turns to her few friends and family members to help her find out why her father and uncle were shot. This was a great thriller and I loved the characters. I received this book from Smith publicity for a fair and honest opinion.

 

Reviewed by Zee Mondee

Rating:      4 out of 5 stars

 

Full Text: I didn’t read the first book in this series, so I will admit I felt rather lost when this story began and I was like ‘who’s this?’ and ‘why’s that?’ – really felt like being plunged into an established world and I’d missed all the introductions. But little by little (it required some plodding), I was able to make sense of what’s what and who’s who, and the intrigue picked up and it was smooth sailing from there – well, as smooth sailing as a thrilling intrigue can be *grin* Lots of twists and turns; lots of things you won’t see coming…and then totally slap your face because the clues were right there and you figure out the author had been leading you there along. If you can get past the jarring start, then you’re in for a good ride. Best still to read the first book, I suppose, and get the real lay and feel of the tale.

 

 

The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

The Pharm House: A Harding Family Storydebut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers

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Where Do Drugs Come From?

WHAT IT REALLY TAKES TO BRING A DRUG TO MARKET

August 12, 2016         BILL POWERS, Ph.D.

Managed Healthcare Connect

http://www.managedhealthcareconnect.com/blog/what-it-really-takes-bring-drug-market

I still recall the chill, clean, antiseptic smell of the doctor’s office as a child — I found it reassuring. Feeling horrible after the exam, the doctor would scribble something onto a pad that my parents would take to the local pharmacy. And voila! After a few days of following his precise instructions, I was better. Even at a young age, I began to wonder where that magic in the little brown bottles came from. Little did I know that I would eventually become one of the ‘magicians’ who helped to put the magic in the bottle as a toxicologist for a pharmaceutical company.

The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics reported that the US economy spent approximately $425 billion on medicine in 2015 and is estimated to reach $610 billion by 2020. Global pharmaceutical sales in 2014, on the other hand, were $1 trillion and are estimated to expand to $1.3 trillion by 2018, according to the 2015 CMR Pharmaceutical R&D Factbook. Clearly big pharma is, well, big.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are more than 295,000 pharmacists in the United States.1 In the US, the pharma industry directly employs 810,000 people, including employees of big, medium, and small pharma companies, as well as ancillary support businesses. This represents a miniscule 0.00026% of the American population. Contrast this with the auto industry, which directly employees 1.55 million and up to 7.25 million when ancillary businesses are included.

The point is that big pharma is a big business in terms of sales that have a global impact. It is relatively small and insular, however, in terms of the people that it employs who have intimate knowledge of the industry. Because of this, most Americans, even those in medical fields, have little understanding of just where drugs come from. As a pharmacist, do you ever wonder how drugs get into those little brown bottles or what is in the injections you are dispensing?

Here is just a small bit of that information. According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, it can cost up to $2.8 billion to get a new drug to market today!2 And according to California Biomedical Research Association, it can take an average of 12 years for a drug to go from starting at the research lab, to approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, to being prescribed to patients.3 The success rate for new drugs starting preclinical testing is estimated to be less than 10%. In order to get one new small molecule drug to market today, you would need to start with about 10,000 lead molecules in the discovery phase of research.

For that perspective, contrast the low pharma ‘hit’ or success rate with that of today’s oil and gas drilling industry. With accurate geological surveys, the success rate of hitting oil or gas can be in the 70%–80% range. This is a far cry from the 0.01% success rate in today’s big pharma industry!

To summarize, if one wanted to produce one innovative, small molecule drug, they would need to start with 10,000 drug candidate molecules and work on them for 12 years at a cost of $2.8 billion in order to get one new drug. Also, keep in mind that the new molecule has to be patented when it is discovered, and US utility patents last for 20 years. The industry burns most of its valuable patent life in the research and discovery phase, not the marketing phase.

So, the next time you provide a prescription for your patient, give a quick thought to all the time, money, and scientists who have worked to get your drug into its little brown bottle.

Bill Powers worked in pharmaceutical Research & Development (Johnson & Johnson) for 26 years, rising to the position of Vice President of Global Preclinical Development. Bill has a PhD in toxicology from the University of Cincinnati and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. He is now a suspense/thriller author. His first novel, The Pharm House: A Harding Family Story, was named a Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. Bill’s second novel, The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story, was named Best Book in the Category of Thriller of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Winter 2016.

 

References:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational employment and wages, May 2015. www.bls.gov. Accessed August 15, 2016.
  2. Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Cost to develop and win marketing approval for a new drug is $2.6 billion. www.tufts.edu. November 18, 2014.
  3. California Biomedical Research Association. Fact sheet – new drug development process. www.ca-biomed.org. Accessed August 15, 2016.

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Beverly Hills Book Awards!

The FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL Beverly Hills Book Awards® recognized The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story by Bill Powers

in the category of SUSPENSE as a FINALIST.

Experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters, judge the competition. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.

The Torch is Passed is a Suspense/Thriller that was named Best Book in the Category of Thriller of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Winter 2016. A suspenseful and plot-twisting story, The Torch is Passed finds Andrea Harding’s world turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a shocking and puzzling attack. With only her paternal grandmother left, it falls to Andrea – a recent college graduate – to not only investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the attack of her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries – and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood.

Along with new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family – growing up along the way – and seeking her revenge.

Brimming with plot twists, unexpected decisions, and recurring threats to relationships, The Torch is Passed is a tantalizing read with historical references including a subplot involving an old land deal setup by John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company over one hundred years ago that involves the Harding family. The Torch is Passed and other books in The Harding Family series carry the basic theme of family and what people may be driven to do to protect the ones they love,” says Powers.

“We are so proud to announce the winners in this, our fifth year,”  said awards sponsor Ellen Reid.

For more information please visit: http://www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com/5th-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm#spirit

2016 Beverly Hills Book Award

2016 Beverly Hills Book Award

The Torch is Passed

The Torch is Passed

 

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Book Marketing Buzz Interview

The Torch Is Passed – An interview with author Bill Powers by Book Marketing Buzz Blog 

http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/interview-with-author-bill-powers.html  (First posted September 2, 2016) 

The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story

 

What inspired you to write your book?   My background is in pharmaceutical research and development, about as non-fiction as you can get. I have a Ph.D. in Toxicology. (In fact a lot of my R&D friends still tell me they don’t get what I do now, but that’s okay.)  I have always had a love of books, words and stories. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina with not much to do during my free time. My dad was a school principal and gave me free run of his school library. I read everything I could get my hands on, fiction and non-fiction. When I was in grad school, I started thinking, “I can do this” – write a fictional novel. I had gotten hooked on thrillers with Robert Ludlum. My first try was pretty horrible, but the idea wouldn’t go away. Several years later, I tried again and the outcome was my first novel, The Pharm House, which was a medical suspense/thriller set in a fictional international pharmaceutical company. But the story was really about family and I decided to make a trilogy of thrillers about the Harding Family. The Torch is Passed is the second thriller in the Harding Family trilogy. I think for my first and second thrillers, they came out pretty good (based on the reviews), but I still have a lot to learn and plan to write at least one more in the Harding Family stories and to spinoff one of the characters in the Torch into her own set of stories.

The short answer to the question is – I’m having a blast!

 

 

2. What is it about? The Torch is Passed opens with young Andrea Harding having just graduated college and her world being turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family other than her paternal grandmother, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries, the family company—and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood. The youngest Harding soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers after she is also violently attacked, forcing her to kill both would-be assassins. Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, and longstanding relationships are put to the test. Along with her new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family—growing up along the way—and seeking her revenge.  Brimming with plot twists, unexpected decisions and recurring threats to relationships, The Torch is Passed is a tantalizing read with historical references including a subplot involving an old land deal setup by John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company over one hundred years ago that involves the Harding family. The Torch is Passed and other books in The Harding Family series carry the basic theme of “family” and what people may be driven to do to protect their family.

 

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?

First, I hope the readers will be entertained. I think Torch is a fast-paced modern suspense/thriller, with some realistic and some extraordinary characters that will keep readers going until the end. As I mentioned, the theme of family is important to me, but also, what happens when you take regular, ordinary people and put them into extraordinary situations? And what if those extraordinary situations threaten the survival of them and those they love most?  How far are we willing to go to our dark side to protect our loved ones?

Also, I insert slivers of factual history into a fictional story, e.g., the J.D. Rockefeller deal that somehow involves the Harding family more than 100 years later. I’ve had a couple of readers sit down with me after they read the book and go over with them in great detail what parts were fiction vs based upon fact.

 

4. What advice do you have for writers? I think you have to listen to your own inner voice. There are always going to be those around you, most of them who know nothing of the writing world, telling you what you should or should not do. One of my pet peeves is when someone tells me, “You should write about  ‘fill in the blank.’” I have tons of ideas and the last thing I need is someone telling me what I should write about. I usually politely tell them maybe they should write about it. Get advice from experienced authors if you can. I have gone to several talks given by Steve Berry, who in addition to being tops as a thriller author, also teaches about the art and craft of thriller writing. I have learned a lot from listening to him. Learn the craft of writing. It takes time and practice. Just keep writing. Also learn the business side of writing. If you’re self-published, as much as possible, make your book look, read and feel like it came out of a major publishing house.  Most importantly—do it for yourself. Don’t waste your time trying to please others.

 

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? The world of publishing has gone through very rapid change the last 15 years. When I started shopping around my first novel, I went the traditional Agent à Publisher route. I also collected numerous paper and email rejection letters. I went with a small boutique publisher for my first novel, but it was not a fruitful relationship and I decided to pull the book and re-issue as self-published. It went well and I went with self-publishing for my second novel. There are a lot more options available today for authors.  The traditional route is still there, but to say it’s a bottleneck is an understatement. The self-publication route offers more flexibility to authors, but with the explosion of books being self-published, it is very difficult for authors to break out of the pack. Self-published authors have to do everything for themselves and, in my opinion, to be successful, a self-published author has to as much as possible make their book look, read and feel like it came out of a major publishing house. What does this mean? Obviously, it has to be a well-written compelling story, but beyond that, it must be well (read professionally) edited, and the cover must be well designed. Most authors are not artists, which means hiring someone to develop your cover artwork. In my case, I think about the cover I want during the writing process and then work with a professional at my publisher to make my thoughts come to life. And then there has to be a substantial marketing/public relations effort.  For traditional publishing, the publisher picks up most of these costs. Although, I hear from some authors who have signed with traditional publishers that often the authors are left on their own for much of this work. For self-publishers, this means we have to sub-contract others to do much of this work for us and we have to do it within whatever budget we each have. Even with its downsides, I think today’s publishing industry has more opportunities for authors than ever before and I don’t see it going back to the old ways.

 

  1. What challenges did you have in writing your book? I have a couple of challenges in writing. First, I love doing research. I mean I absolutely love it! Maybe it’s the scientist in me, but I love learning new things. Because of that, I have to make myself stop doing research and start writing. My other weakness is procrastination. Yes, I was the guy in graduate school who waited until the last day or so to write the research paper. So, I have to make myself stick to my writing schedule. I usually write in the morning from about 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and do writing business “stuff” in the afternoon. For The Torch is Passed, I had written about 30,000 words when I took one of Steve Berry’s thriller writing classes and one of the key take-aways was ‘start your story as close to the end as possible.’ Don’t waste your reader’s time with background—you can find a way to provide that during the story. So, I went back and threw out the first 20,000 words that I had written and started the story where the action is. In the first chapter of The Torch is Passed, Andrea Harding has recently graduated from college and is getting ready to go off on a European vacation for the summer before starting law school in the fall.  Early one morning, two New Jersey state troopers come to her apartment to tell her that her father and uncle, two rather boring businessmen, have been shot and lie near death in the hospital. She has to go to their bedside.  Boom! I threw out all the background leading up to this event and started the story here. I think it worked much better to pull the reader into the story. My main challenge now is to continue learning my craft and to make each book better.

 

  1. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? The Torch is Passed is a really entertaining story. If you enjoy contemporary suspense/thrillers, you’ll love Torch. And in addition to entertaining you, it’ll make you think a bit. Just how far would you be willing to go to protect your family? Sometimes we don’t know until we find ourselves in a horrible situation. Also, someone recently asked me whom I write for.  When I write, do I have a particular audience in mind or do I write for myself? Each author is different. Here is my perspective. In my case, the short answer is both—I write for myself and for a particular audience. In general, women in the U.S. read far more fiction than men. In the mystery/thriller genre, women readers still outnumber men with about 60 percent of thriller readers being women. Do I write specifically to target women readers? Again, yes and no; I am certainly conscious of the fact that most of my readers will be women, but I don’t think I am directly crafting my story for women.  In my case, I admit that I first, write for myself and here is my reason. The main reason is that I’m too old to waste my time trying to satisfy others. But primarily, I am a huge fan of the mainstream mystery/thriller genre.  Give me a Steve Berry or Preston & Child or a David Baldacci or Dennis Lehane and I’m a happier than a pig in mud!  I’m not saying that I’m in their league—yet, but I honestly feel that if I can write a good mystery/thriller, it will be a good fit in that genre and attractive to the readers and lovers of that genre—both women and men.

 

 

I also feel very comfortable writing stories with strong women characters that will appeal to women and men as well.  With regard to race, as a black author, I am sometimes asked if I consider myself a writer of black or urban fiction and my answer is a resounding no. I have nothing against black or urban fiction; it’s just not what I do. I consider myself an author who happens to be black. I want to write great contemporary mystery/thrillers that appeal to everyone who loves that genre. My readers skin color and gender, to me, are irrelevant. That is one of the wonderful things about being a fiction author—there is something out there for everyone. The reviews for my second novel, The Torch is Passed, are coming in and are better in some ways than the reviews for my first book, The Pharm House. A review that I received recently summed up exactly what I am going for.

 

“This book challenged my preconceptions of the characters you expect to find in the social and business class that the Harding’s move in, especially for the South. I had not known Andrea Harding was a person of color until the story was well underway and this added a layer of complexity that deepens the plot. I said challenged my preconceptions because I had to recognize that the surprise I felt was totally my own, and forced to me to reconsider my assumptions.”

 

That review made my day.  So, to answer the question, whom do I write for? I write for lovers of modern mystery/thrillers. As an author, if that’s not your cup of tea, I take no offense if you choose not to read my books. But if that genre is in your “wheelhouse,” then check out The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story

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Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner 2016

Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner 2016

Pinnacle Achievement Award 2016

Pinnacle Achievement Award 2016

Readers' Favorite Five Star Review 2016

Readers’ Favorite Five Star Review 2016

 

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Pharma Exec Turns Novelist!

Former Pharma Executive Bill Powers writes Suspense/Thriller Novels 

PharmaVoice pg 10, October 2016

 

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1st Indie Author Day

I will be appearing at the Washington Township Public Library on Saturday, October 8th {10:00 AM – 3:00 PM} for their Indie Author Day Activities!

37 East Springtown Road, Long Valley, NJ 07953  908-876-3596 | www.wtpl.org

Indie Author Day October 8, 2016

Indie Author Day October 8, 2016

During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 pm Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for libraries and authors to connect on both local and global levels!

 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

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Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook temporarily $0.99

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Interview with Bill Powers by BooksGoSocial

The Torch Is Passed – An interview with author Bill Powers by BooksGoSocial

http://booksgosocial.com/2016/08/31/torch-passed-interview-author-bill-powers/

 

Today we are chatting with Bill Powers the author of The Torch Is Passed: A Harding Family Story

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

I have a Ph.D. in Toxicology, and worked in pharmaceutical research and development for twenty-six years. When I retired from my adult job, I closed that door, locked it and threw away the key, then opened the door to my secret garden of being a thriller author. I live in my happy-place now.

I went skydiving when I was about 50 (my 20 year old daughter went with me). It’s not something I have a hankering to do on a routine basis, but it was a blast!

And I have what I consider to be one harmless obsession – cats. I love them. Big ones, little ones, house cats, jungle cats – I love them all. Several years ago I went to South Africa to visit a lion preserve where I could play with lion cubs. They were about 40 – 50 pounds and like giant kittens. I currently live with two regular size ones – see harmless.

 

What novels affected you the most growing up?

Wow, there were so many. The main ones that first come to mind are the Sherlock Holmes stories – I read them all. One of my all time favorite books, even now – Charlotte’s Web. The Godfather, both book and movies, have greatly influenced me as a storyteller and author. Ludlum got me addicted to thrillers. I’m partial to his pre-Borne work. The Chancellor Manuscript may be my all time favorite thriller and is a textbook example of how to write in this genre. Also, The Holcroft Covenant, The Osterman Weekend, The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Rhinemann Exchange and the list goes on.

Other novels that influenced me growing up include The Andromeda Strain by Crichton, Advise and Consent by Drury, and Shogun by Clavell. I also read a lot of Civil War history and came to appreciate history as a story.

I read science fiction when I was younger, but for some reason gravitated towards thrillers and found my home there. It’s a happy-place for me.

 

Where did the idea for your current book come from?

My current book, The Torch is Passed, is second in a suspense/thriller series – The Harding Family Stories (The Pharm House was first). My novels are about regular people and family and to what extremes regular people may be driven in order to protect the ones they love. In The Torch is Passed, young Andrea Harding is about to start her life in law school when her father and uncle are brutally attacked and lay near death. Someone is trying to wipe the Harding family off the face of the earth. It falls to Andrea to find out who and why and to protect her family. What is Andrea willing to do to protect the ones that she loves?

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Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

Never. I’m one of those people who constantly has little vignettes running in their head. I have list of potential storylines. I’ll read something in the paper or see something in the news or read something historical and an idea about how this can be incorporated into a thriller will come to mind. I guess that’s one advantage of always being off in your own little world…

 

What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

For my first book, The Pharm House, I did not outline. I knew where the story started and where it ended. I just started writing. I kept the storylines in my head. And admittedly I got lost and stuck a few times. I will not do it that way again.

For my second book, The Torch is Passed, I used a more formal process. I built a story arc into three segments and wrote a brief, maybe one or two paragraph outline for each chapter. So I had a map. It still allowed me a lot of flexibility, but I knew where I was going. I found this much more efficient and this is the method that I now follow.

I do create a character outline of a few pages for my major characters, but once I create that, I rarely have to go back. My characters become my intimate friends and associates that I play with even when I’m not writing.

I write longhand in a 300 page bound notebook. For whatever reason, this is what works for me. I edit as I write and write notes to myself in the margins.

Once I have my key plots and storylines, I can see them in my mind and focus on all of them—I usually have no more than three subplots (one major and two minor).

I try to write in the morning for three or four hours with a target of 1000 to 1500 words. In the afternoon I do all the other “stuff” that independent authors have to do – the grunt work.

 

How important is marketing and social media for you?

Talk about a learning curve! Marketing and publicizing your book is a whole new world for most authors. Marketing is critical and social media is a part of that. Honestly, I think the jury is still out on the value of social media for Independent Authors. Like most, I’m learning as I go, but here are a few what I think are key take-aways

o Start early. You should start your PR and marketing activities three to six months before your book comes out.

o Make a detailed list of your planned activities pre-publication, at publication and post-publication. Here are just a few:

o Send out emails and blogs posts

o Social media posts to announce book

o Write and send out press release

o Make book trailer

o Setup a blog tour

o Solicit reviews

o Update book information on Amazon, Goodreads and other related sites

o Enter contests, contact local libraries and bookstores

 

What advice would you have for other writers?

I think you have to listen to your own inner voice. There are always going to be those around you, most of them who know nothing of the writing world, telling you what you should or should not do. One of my pet peeves is when someone tells me, “You should write about ‘fill in the blank.’” I have tons of ideas and the last thing I need is someone telling me what I should write about. I usually politely tell them maybe they should write about it themselves.

Get advice from experienced authors if you can. I have gone to several talks given by Steve Berry, who in addition to being tops as a thriller author also teaches about the art and craft of thriller writing. I have learned a lot from listening to him. I also attend a first-rate thriller writer’s conference each year, ThrillerFest (CraftFest Session). It’s held in New York each July and some of the top thriller authors teach sessions on the art, craft and business of writing thrillers. I suggest that budding authors find something similar for their genres.

Learn the craft of writing. It takes time and practice, just like learning anything else. Just keep writing.

Also learn the business side of writing. If your book reads, looks and feels like you did it on your laptop in your spare time, chances are that’s not going to cut it. The writing world today is like a vast ocean and we’re each little fish trying to get noticed.

If you’re self-published, make your book look, read and feel like it came out of a major publishing house as much as possible. Obviously, you should have a budget and stick to it. But if you can afford it, hire a professional to edit your book, prepare your book cover and setup and run a professional publicity campaign.

Most importantly—do it for yourself. Don’t waste your time trying to please others. Writing is not a team sport. It’s a very solitary activity. Most of your motivation and inspiration will have to come from within.

 

What are you reading now?

I read maybe 80 books a year and I’m ticked off that I don’t have time to read more! I’m usually reading at least two books at a time – one fiction and one non-fiction. Currently I’m reading On Writing by Stephen King – I highly recommend it for all authors. My current fiction read is The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. In my “On-Deck Circle”, I have What If – Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (for several historical scenarios) by Robert Cowley and The Black Widow by Daniel Silva.

 

What’s your next step?

I’m currently working on the third installation of The Harding Family trilogy with a working title of The Lost Codicil. The first story focused on Nicholas and the second on Andrea. Both Nicholas and Andrea are featured in The Lost Codicil and have to face their demons—some of their own making. I intend to wrap up the trilogy there, at least for now. After The Lost Codicil, I intend to spin off a character that I introduced in The Torch is Passed—Deirdre Southington. Deirdre is an eccentric southern heiress with a Ph.D. in forensic psychology from Oxford University and an on again, off again working relationship with the National Security Agency. Her favorite mode of transportation is The Liburnia—her private rail car.

I want to continue to write and get better in my craft. Like I said, I’m in my happy place now – my Secret Garden!

 

 The Torch Is Passed: A Harding Family Story by Bill Powers is available on Amazon here 

“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

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SUMMIT NJ YMCA – MEET THE AUTHOR

SUMMIT NJ YMCA – MEET THE AUTHOR – Monday September 12, 2016,  12:00 – 1:00 pm   FREE

Join Bill Powers to discuss his suspense/thriller novel, The Pharm House (book of the month), his new book, The Torch is Passed, and any other writing-related topics.

Feel free to bring a bag lunch!

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Meyers

908-273-3330 x 1186

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Podcast Interview – Aug 9, 2016

Checkout my podcast interview on Blog Talk Radio, with Dr. Jeanette Gallagher titled, “Can you see life experiences and how they play out in stories we read?

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dr-jeanette-gallagher/2016/08/23/can-you-see-life-experiences-and-how-they-play-out-in-stories-we-read            or

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The podcast was recorded on August 9, 2016.

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Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook temporarily $0.99

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Andrea Harding in The Torch is Passed

In the second installment of The Harding Family Stories – The Torch is Passed, the focus is on Andrea Harding, Nicholas’ daughter. Andrea is about to head off to Duke Law School when she learns of a brutal attack on her father and uncle, Michael who now lay in a hospital near death. It falls to Andrea to take over the family business, Harding Industries. When Andrea herself is attacked, it becomes clear that someone is trying to destroy the Harding family.

Through family friend Beth Cowling, Andrea meets Deirdre Southington, an heiress and former National Security Operative whose favorite form of transportation is her private rail car, the Liburnia. Deirdre is a forensic psychologist who specializes in dealing with evil and dangerous people.

Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, and longstanding relationships are put to the test. Along with her new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family – growing up along the way – and seeking her revenge.

Brimming with plot twists, unexpected decisions, and recurring threats to relationships, The Torch is Passed is a tantalizing read with historical references including a subplot involving an old land deal setup by John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company over one hundred years ago that involves the Harding family.

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“The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Story” by Bill Powers

 

Now available in both print and ebook:

http://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Torch-Is-Passed

ebook temporarily $0.99

 

Re-release of The Pharm House, debut suspense/thriller by Bill Powers –ebook temporarily $0.99

http://my.bookbaby.com/book/the-pharm-house or Amazon

 

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