I’m Not Dead – an interview with the author, William A Thau

Natashia Thewes

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

As an attorney in a 700 lawyer firm, I represented many high profile clients, including the Dallas Cowboys. I also represented the first Savings and Loan crook sentenced to Federal prison, and spent days being interviewed by Federal prosecutors and the FBI.

How did you get into writing?

I was head of fifty lawyers who represented banks and savings and loans in 1990, all of whom (everyone) went into receivership – almost 200. A counselor suggested I write a book about it to help me out of my depression. I wrote Non-Recourse, a thriller novel.

What are your top 3 books of all time?

Paradise by Judith McNaught, The Sandler Inquiry and The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet.

Where did you get the inspiration for your current book?

It just came to me – implausible as it may initially seem, it’s based entirely on real fact.

How long did it take you to write this book?

One and a half years.

Have you got any writing rituals?


How important is marketing and social media for you?

I don’t know. I’ve tried a number of publicists and self-promotions with little success.

Do you read your book reviews?

Yes. There aren’t many.

What advice would you have for other writers?

Write for your own pleasure, not with the expectation of becoming a best-selling author.

What are you reading now?


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