About Allen Billy:
I served as a North Shore Rescue team member for twelve years and participated in over 700 search and rescue operations in mountain, wilderness, and urban environments under every sort of environmental condition. I shared a Canada 125 medal presented to the team for volunteer activities and community service. In addition to enjoying hiking, nature studies, geocaching, and metal detecting, I have rafted the length of the Fraser River and worked on fire suppression crews in central British Columbia.
I have 30 years of experience in post-secondary education, primarily in Allied Health and Biology education programs teaching a variety of Human Anatomy and Physiology and basic Biology courses. I served on the governance boards of the Canadian Association of Allied Health Programs and the North Shore Rescue Team Society. I have a doctorate in Zoology, the University of Texas at Austin and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees (Zoology) from the University of British Columbia.
What inspires you to write?
I like to share surprises and adventures with readers – simply so we can share life experiences.
Tell us about your writing process.
In writing my oral history book, I collected stories and conducted interviews with people over a period of twenty years. As the stories accumulated, certain themes and connections between stories emerged. This in turn helped to create a book outline which was then fleshed out and properly developed.
I suspect if I ever started another oral history book, I would try to be focused and deliberate by starting with an outline.
What advice would you give other writers?
I consider myself too new an author to pass on advice to other new writers. I do recall something I read many years ago that I told myself when dealing with writer's block … "Writers write." I can't remember who said this, but it has stuck with me for a long time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I contacted several traditional publishers, but had no success in finding a publisher. Reviewers indicated that the book would not have a wide appeal. I disagreed with that assessment and self-published my book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really don't know.
People enjoy reading, so there will always be a demand for reading material delivered through some medium (books, ebooks, hologram narrators).
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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