This week I’m dedicating Fridays 5 to William F Nolan, who shed his mortal coil on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
1.) When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A.) When I sold my first story to Playboy. At that point, I knew I was a professional. That was in 1956.
2.) What is the hardest part of writing?
A.) Sitting down in front of a sheet of blank paper (or a blank screen nowadays) and filling it with good words is the hardest part.
3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?
A.) Seeing my name in professional print gave me a tremendous lift, and seeing my name in print still gives me much of the same feeling today.
4.) In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about?
A.) I love cartooning and sports car racing, and the work of Max Brand.
5.) If you could ask any author, living or dead, one question, what would it be?
A.) Bradbury said that he wanted to be buried on Mars in a Campbell soup can in the “Bradbury Abyss”. I’d ask Ray Bradbury if he found his way home to Mars.
William writes stories in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. He is best known for coauthoring the novel Logan’s Run, with George Clayton Johnson. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1976 horror film Burnt Offerings which starred Karen Black and Bette Davis.
Among his many awards, he was voted a Living Legend in Dark Fantasy by the International Horror Guild in 2002. During 2006, he was bestowed the honorary title of Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Horror Writers Association.