Now residents of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Shepards enjoy visits from their daughters and granddaughters, fine and moderate weather, ocean swims at Assateague, Chesapeake Bay crabs, and the company of Rajah and Rani, their two rescued cats.
Prize winning mystery writer William S. Shepard is the creator of a new genre, the diplomatic mystery, whose plots are set in American Embassies overseas. That mirrors Shepard’s own career in the Foreign Service of the United States, during which he served in Singapore, Saigon, Budapest, Athens and Bordeaux, in addition to five Washington tours of duty.
His diplomatic mystery books explore this rich, insider background into the world of high stakes diplomacy and government. His main character is a young career diplomat, Robbie Cutler. The first four books in the series are available as Ebooks. Shepard evokes his last Foreign Service post, Consul General in Bordeaux, in Vintage Murder, the first of the series of four “diplomatic mysteries.” The second, Murder On The Danube, mines his knowledge of Hungary and the 1956 Revolution. In Murder In Dordogne Robbie Cutler and his bride Sylvie are just married, but their honeymoon in the scenic southwest of France is interrupted by murders.
The most recent of the series, The Saladin Affair, has just been released as an Ebook. Robbie Cutler has been transferred to work for the Secretary of State. Like the author once did, Cutler arranges trips on Air Force Two – now enlivened by serial Al Qaeda attempts to assassinate the Secretary of State, as they travel to Dublin, London, Paris, Vienna, Riga and Moscow!
What inspires you to write?
I greatly enjoy telling stories. It seems to be a family talent. My Uncle Irvin and Aunt Leona were foster parents in New Hampshire. The worst punishment for a misbehaving youngster was to be sent to bed – with no story hour!
Tell us about your writing process.
I set a goal. usually one chapter per week for a new book. Then I read through the entire first draft, and several family members help with comments. The next draft often opens new possibilities. The final cut puts it all together, and that requires most careful editing!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They have minds of their own!
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s hard work – keep at it! If you don’t lke your draft, put it in a desk drawer for six months, then take a fresh look.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I liked to personal control in self-publishing. New additions, and the occasional correction, ae easily handled. Besides, this is what Edgar Allen Poe did!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
mystery, historical fiction, American history
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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