Interview With Author William Gallion
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in Chicago in poverty, I was abandoned by both of my parents and raised by my aunts and uncle. Through that experience I was victim to and witnessed a lot of violence in my life and I found myself wanting to focus on love and healing instead of repeating the cycles I was used to after struggling with depression and anxiety for years. I have only written one book at the moment but, I’ve been writing for 8 years now
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is Thoughts and Feelings of a Madman. This title was inspired by the actions I took before writing the book. I quit my job, cut off all of the people around me, and went into total self-isolation. I felt like a Mad Man for giving up a well paying job and a bunch of friends and family and being alone in my apartment for 100+ days with no savings, no back up plan, no one to call, with only my thoughts feelings.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing is very free flowing and doesn’t follow a structure. I write this way because I think this way. I clean it up a bit after but I love when what I write reflects my thought process. It’s like taking the reader on the journey with me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love this question. Edgar Allen poe, Maya Angelou, Rupi Kaur, Rudy Francisco, and more.
What are you working on now?
It will be an auto biography of my life. It will focus on how watching my parents and other adults in my life abuse drugs and battle mental illness, as well as living in gang war zones for most of my life, as well as living with a neurological disorder has shaped and molded the way I see the world and how it created a lot of codependency, insecurity, and struggles with addiction myself
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Right now I am working on building a brand website but you can follow me on tiktok at shands795
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just do it. Don’t worry about the reception, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get your art out there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Learn to Love yourself now as you continue to grow and become better. No one is perfect and no one should stride to be. The be the best person you can be for you and that make look different everyday but don’t give up.
What are you reading now?
I am reconnecting with my inner child so I have been rereading the Percy Jackson series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I will just continue to produce, support, and embrace what I love and focus on sharing that with the world
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, The King Within by Robert Moore and David Gillette, The Titans Curse by Rick Riordan, The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald