William Simon is the owner and lead investigator for a licensed firm that handles computer forensics and electronic evidence exclusively. This work has led to a few… interesting experiences.
He also writes. Boy, can he write! Under the name Will Graham. I can’t imagine many professions that would yield more interesting plots than his. So, I had to ask. Then I had to share. Here’s what Will was willing to give up about his writing and the main character of his novel Street Heat.
What William Simon does: I am a licensed electronic forensics analyst and I write mystery/thrillers.
Why he does it: I have wanted to write since I was seven years old. I cannot NOT write! Sometimes it comes in sprints, other times it's more like a slow stroll, but I have to write.
What motivates him: I enjoy telling a good story, something to (hopefully) engage the reader and make them think.
One of the nicest things he’s been told about his novel Street Heat: "I really liked the fact it was set before cell phones and CSI and all that, and your detective had to actually detect!" And that came a best-selling author who has known me for years, yes, that was a supreme compliment.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing? If I was not a writer, I would most like have followed family tradition and gone into Federal Law Enforcement.
What comes next? Working on two projects at the moment: one is a thriller set in 1959 Las Vegas, when it was a very different city from what we know today. The other is about an art thief with a hidden agenda.
What’s the name of your main character in Street Heat? Peterson Chace is a former SFPD Major Crimes Detective the turned best-selling mystery author.
What Peterson Chace does that I wish I could do. Write best-selling novels! (grin) Actually, Chace is much braver than I would be in confronting a homicidal murderer.
Something Peterson Chace would never do. Chace would never 'help' the evidence along for a conviction, nor would he twist the truth. For him, there is Right and there is Wrong and there is absolutely no middle ground.
What Peterson Chace would say about William Simon? Chace would probably shake his head and say, "He's got one hell of a movie collection!"
What Peterson Chace would say I do that embarrasses him/her. "Will has a tendency to make me sound much more heroic than I am. I don't like the word 'hero', but Will seems to think I am."
William, thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and Peterson Chace with us today! I’m looking forward to William Simon’s next release. Tell you what else I’m looking forward to: interviewing him about the bad guys in his novels. Anyone in his business has got to have an amazing repertoire of bad guys!
Here’s where you can find William Simon: