William N. Gilmore is a Georgia native, born at Ft. Benning. He grew up in the Columbus, Georgia area and graduated high school in East Ridge, Tennessee and attended Cleveland State Community College. He currently lives in Hiram, Georgia with his lovely wife, Esther.

The Vet

He volunteered and is a Vietnam era U.S. Army veteran. As a Military Policeman he served for almost seven years while being stationed at Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Gordon, GA, Ft. Bragg, NC, Ft. McPherson, GA, and Gelnhausen, Germany. After leaving the military, he took a position for the next two years as an Assistant Security Chief at the Omni International complex in downtown Atlanta.

The Detective

In January 1981, William joined the Atlanta Police Department where he served for almost twenty-seven years. He worked the streets in the Southwest section of the city in Zone Four until he was promoted to Detective in 1987. For the next fifteen years he worked undercover with the Narcotics Squad.

The very first case William was part of was the Missing and Murdered Children of Atlanta, also known as the Wayne Williams’ case. His recruit class handled tips, phone calls, letters, and even surveillance of bridges over some of Atlanta’s waterways where some of the victims were recovered. He retired in December 2007.

The Writer

Shortly before he retired, William became interested once again in writing and started several times, but each time stalled. He then joined the Paulding County Writers’ Guild and received the encouragement and support of a group of other writers.

They helped him finally put together a small book of stories and poetry, Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Others: Poems and Prose From Thoughts That Arose which was published in 2012. His first novel, Blue Bloods & Black Hearts, the first book in his detective trilogy followed in 2016.

Q&A with the Author

Q: What got you into writing?

A: I have stories inside me wanting to get out. I started writing when I was much younger, maybe around ten or twelve just for fun and as an escape. I wrote mainly science fiction or monster stories back then. Aliens, robots, different worlds, those things. There was a lot of that on TV back then too. It was fun to make up stuff. And especially with science fiction, who’s to say you’re wrong?

Q: Are your books fact or fiction?

A: I have to call my books works of fiction. Although, of course, I use some of my experiences from both the military and the police department after changing things around some. You know what they say; change the names to protect the…guilty.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

A: I have a pretty active imagination, but I usually fall back on my personal experiences. However, sometimes I’ll hear a story or I’ll see something that gets me to thinking and I’ll build a story around it. I don’t just think outside the box, I cut the box open to see what’s hidden inside.

Q: Do you have a certain style of writing?

A: I do have my own style. First, I won’t put a bunch of dirty words or blatant sex in my writing. I want my grandkids to read this someday. I want your grandkids to read this too. I like to make it easier to read. A little larger print and spacing make it so much better.

I like short chapters and I won’t start a chapter on a back page. But all that is part of the mechanics. I write by the seat of my pants. I don’t have a whole story in my head. It gets worked out as I go along. I might know where I start and where I want to end, but the adventures in between are sometimes as big of a mystery to me until I get there.

Q: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to write?

A: You don’t have to have a whole story in your head to start writing, but you do need to take the first step. Start. It can be as simple as just a few words or a sentence. We all have a story or a poem inside wanting to come out and play. Open the door.

Second, and this may be one of the most important things you can do. Find a support group. I found the PCWG and they helped and pushed and encouraged me and they still do. We help each other and have meetings twice a month. If you don’t have a group nearby, start one. I bet there are tons of people who write, want to learn to write, or want to learn how to get published, close to you.

Author William N. Gilmore is available for speaking engagements online or in person. Contact him today to secure a date and time.


PROJECT: Caution in the Wind, Book 4: The Hunters
The fourth installment of the Caution in the Wind Series.

PROJECT: Drawing Dead
A Poker themed, murder mystery. Poker Champions are turning up dead just after their big wins with the last two cards they won the tournaments with on their bloody chest.

PROJECT: Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Others (Second Edition)
Poems and Prose from thoughts that arose.

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