Q? What is your philosophy of writing? WMJ: Simply good honest believable stories. Reality encapsulated in a fictional scenario. Q? What's the name and genre of your first book? WMJ: The title is Fiend's Gold and the genre is Mystery Adventure.
Everywhere you go – keep your eyes open and you’ll see a tale on every street. If you’ve read any of my books you will have noticed I don’t like to go into great detailed descriptions. The reason for this is I believe anyone who reads a book must have some imagination or they’d be watching TV.
Bill is the reluctant hero with the Midas touch. He is tall, powerfully built and quick to action. He is basically lazy and would prefer to stay at home, but Gran and Newf always manage to fire up his dynamo.
At present I live in Canada in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I have lived in several countries, in Africa, Europe and the Far East. The interesting things I have seen and heard and been part of do affect my writing as I can recall the actions.
Before writing any Bill Reyner story I actually go there, the very places where the action takes place. Sometimes I change the names, as they say, “to protect the innocent.” There is nothing like the ambience of reality to encourage imaginary actions.
Canadian Author of Bill Reyner Mystery Adventure Series
Some people ask me, “Why Bill Reyner?” I suppose that’s a good question, as I don’t really have an answer. I like Bill, but I think I like poor old Newf more. Bill’s a little bit of a bully and a show-off, whereas Newf merrily winds his way through life absorbing Bill’s derogatory remarks. Bill has a knack of finding trouble – he’s the magnet and disasters are the iron filings. If there’s any problem in any neighbourhood Bill will surely stumble into it. I particularly enjoyed writing Lions and Christians. For some reason that story just flowed, I could see every detail through my mind’s eye.
What should happen to Wilson? Is poor Bill up to it? Can the Canadian Air Force do anything? And the Major ... don't get me started.
In Damp Graves Bill was up against a man of high intellect but nonetheless managed to confuse him into making mistakes, even so Newf was the hero and actually did all the rescuing.
I think the Dutchman is my second favourite. The story is loosely based on the London gold robbery. In the Dutchman my bad guys were smarter. I visited the area and the church in question. I had a ball along that wonderful Norfolk coast. Bill fell head over heels in love with a girl from a local post office. In real life I met her, she was magnificently beautiful, but one early morning when I went to buy my breakfast, (yes from the post office.) I saw her kissing another woman. Well, I just had to introduce her to Bill, not that the real girl would ever know.
I’m so excited ... I've just finished the tenth story in the Bill Reyner Mystery series, The Agency.
William’s first adventure. From university-dropout to millionaire via a crooked and dangerous path. Bill attempts to solve a two-hundred-year-old mystery after inheriting a fortune from his uncle. On a remote island in the Canadian Georgian Bay, Bill incurs murder and mayhem. The suspense is maintained to the last minute when Bill unravels several puzzles.
An evil empire operated in the name of religion. William shakes the trees and bodies begin falling. As a summer project William discovers a sect that is almost too horrible to contemplate.
Look out rich people of the world, the cuckoos may already be in your nest. William’s nose for gold leads him into Scotland and lots of trouble. Taking a holiday in the Highlands and at the same time trying to find a lost person Bill discovers a horror that has existed for centuries.
What price second-hand bodies and parts thereof? Maintaining his Midas touch, William remains one step behind the mastermind, but his friend Newf is one step ahead. While looking for a missing girl Bill discovers a human spare part market and becomes the quarry.
Lions and Christians
A hunting lodge at a northern Canadian lake, but what do they hunt? William finds it easy to get in, but not so easy to get out alive. As a favour Bill spends a few days at a northern hunting lodge and through an accident becomes involved in an armed insurrection.
William buys a hotel and gives up gold hunting only to discover he has bought the ghosts of gold fever, which is infectious and dangerous. The hotel is the key to stolen bullion and the thieves want it all back.
An ancient cemetery, a Spanish galleon, and a gold heist in London England all tied together in an exciting mystery centred in Norfolk. A clever plan to convert stolen gold into legal tender is foiled by Bill and company.
What does an old bookshop, a lost submarine, and a motorcycle gang have in common? Exactly — Bill Reyner.
A mysterious Institute operating in total secret and in a very remote area of Canada attracts Bill’s attention. Like the proverbial bulldog, once he gets his teeth into something he will not let go. As Bill tussles with the problem dead bodies begin to turn up and many awkward questions need answering.
Bill decides to settle down and become a proper private investigator but with a few differences; his main income is through solving reward and cold cases. As he put it, ‘Dead men seldom turn nasty or violent.’ Hold that thought.