William Byron Hillman
Born in Chicago Illinois, William Byron Hillman is the author of the bestsellers Veronique and Murray, the Rollie Kemp Mysteries and 16 published novels. His father was an accountant for mobster Al Capone, so he walked away from a fractured, dysfunctional family with ties to major crime and moved to Hollywood. In the early stages of his writing career, he befriended CIA and FBI agents, and that friendship opened a world of unbelievable stories and unusual characters for his war chest. Bill built a career as an actor and writer for film and television. His career includes a two-year stint on TV soap opera "Days of our Lives," TV shows like Bewitched and major studio films Ice Station Zebra. Bill has sold over 30 screenplays and produced, directed and wrote numerous movies. When time permits, he enjoys taking assignments for script consultation and doctoring. As a motivational speaker, Bill is constantly invited to visit major college campuses nationwide. His gift of gab has delivered humorous product introductions to the public via infomercials and TV commercials. Bill has a global following and appreciates all of his readers, fans, colleagues, and friends.
New releases: WITHIN AN INCH OF THE MOON & revised LET’S SUE ‘EM
Bill lives in South Carolina with his wife and 16 paws where he is putting the finishing touches on his next novel.
Author Web Site: http://www.williamhillman.com
Author's Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/williamhillman
Author's Blog: http://williambyronhillman.blogspot.co
As a writer/director/filmmaker some of his motion picture titles include:
Quigley; The Adventures of Ragtime; Double Exposure; The Man From Clover Grove; The Photographer, and Ragin Cajun
Bill is a current member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and the music guilds BMI and ASCAP. Bill attended Oklahoma Military Academy and UCLA.
Ghosts and Phantoms Book One - A Rollie Kemp Mystery
Hollywood was the perfect place to sort out the dysfunctional life of Rollie Kemp. He ran from a New York crime family instead of joining it. His wannabe wiseguy father stole from the hand that fed him, and they murdered him. His ex-wife wouldn't let go, his law career went up in smoke, and his attempt to join the LA PD was destroyed by a drunk driver. His explosive temper briefly delayed his acting career and made his few personal matters worse. The multifarious partnership with Drake Fargo was iffy at best. Fargo was the consummate Private Detective – the go-to guy all the studios and celebrities hired for every reason imaginable. Rollie didn’t know which end of a gun to use and yet their constant chiding never seemed to interrupt their momentum. What neither expected was to become embroiled in the middle of a police investigation. The murdered actress was Rollie’s cousin, daughter to crime boss Anthony Pataglia – his uncle. The cops find out Rollie and Fargo was at the party where the murder took place and so do the mob. The roof blows off when the mob sends a team to find out who was at the party, who killed the girl and orders them to take them all out. If Rollie is in the way or one of them so be it.
Veronique and Murray
When well heeled, Veronique meets bank teller Murray the farthest thing on her mind is falling in love. Her visa is expiring, her late father had enemies now looking for her, and she needed an instant relief from pending deportation. The only attraction Veronique has with Murray is his citizenship and willingness to be rented for a year. She doesn’t want love; he doesn't know how to love anyone, she has a sultry cat, Ava, he has Harold, an energized dog, she’s rich, and he has fifty-two dollars saved. It is the perfect temporary union until things go wrong. She has only one rule, “don’t touch me.” He gets drunk and breaks the rules. She sends him a thousand miles away believing everything is in order until it’s not. Feelings get hurt; promises ignored, the law steps in, and then the entirety of their cordial understanding falls apart.
Ghosts and Phantoms Book Two - A Rollie Kemp Mystery
Finally they were dead. Run off the road and set on fire. Retribution had its rewards until learning they miraculously survived. This time elimination of both would have to be verified. Rollie and Drake had no idea how deep evil went or how far their adversary would go to prove his point. Use of Rollie’s ex-wife was only part of a long list to destroy him. HE planned to lure them into a web and crush them. His blueprint was in cement. He considered Rollie and Drake responsible for all his problems. They were both guilty of trying to stop the greatest and most-profitable scheme he’d ever come up with, and no one would live long enough to stop him.
Zebras Rock and Me
The art of waiting for an acting job in a big budget motion picture pays off when a young actor meets the director after a ten-hour wait. What a little patience can lead to in creating a new career in the film industry. Amazing doors can open working with major stars and new opportunities create excitement never thought possible.
APRIL - A Rollie Kemp Novel
Rollie didn’t know terrorists connected to his case had killed a man. A missing woman named April was missing, and Rollie was hired to bring her home. The case turned into a degenerate powder keg, but it should have quickly resolved itself. April wasn’t the woman he expected to locate. The man who hired him gave a contrasting description, and it didn’t coincide with the woman he managed to rescue. Being kidnapped by terrorists and forced to help them, April knew much more than anyone suspected. After Rollie was shot at, and run off the road he fell into the middle of a budding terrorist act. Deadly force was the only way to stop the explosive consequences.
Tired of being locked out of the house or punished for his innocence, Bill doesn’t take “You can’t do that” seriously. He marries his high school sweetheart, Dianne, and soon realizes she’s a perfect match. She’s compassionate, tough, and yet has agoraphobia lurking in the shadows. Together they pave a rocky road into a smooth highway mixing a budding yet complex entertainment career with a thirty-year search for her birth parents. Deep down they feed each other the right ingredients to avoid bitterness, failure, and loneliness. Refusing to quit or acknowledge either one is broken they raise three children and reunite with a second family they never thought they'd find. Ultimately they discover the joy inside and out which makes it possible to shed painful memories from the past and create happy new ones for their future.
Bad Rap - A Rollie Kemp Novel
His little sister, Rachel, called it a Bad Rap. The court found Buck Wardell guilty of murder, a crime he didn’t commit. She had $76.42 to hire Rollie and promised to pay the balance when she graduated from college. Rachel was 15 years old. What started, as a “look into” case became a money-laundering scheme that reached way beyond the simplicity first thought. As the case began to unfold, Rollie realized the people looking for him were the same group he was chasing. The crime wave involved; a major mistake by a key FBI agent, importing drugs, kidnapping, human trafficking and dirty cops. In the confusion lies were told, false identities created, and murder no one expected. Sending the wrong man to prison was a big mistake.
Hoax - A Rollie Kemp Mystery
“They” kidnapped his theatrical agents niece, and Rollie knew who “they” were. Unbeknown to the FBI, mob bosses and wannabe wise guys had the girl. The note passed on said they would only negotiate with Rollie Kemp if the agent wanted to see her niece alive. She didn’t have to ask Rollie; he volunteered. When given the address he knew right off who had the girl. What he didn’t know was if the kidnapping was a hoax just to get him back to New York or just a sick joke to get even. As a teenager who didn’t want to join the mob, Rollie left behind enemies who all vowed to get even. Rollie had a temper back then and still had it now. He often fought because he was a big kid, and they didn’t like him. Concerned the first stop would not be the only destination planned for his visit, he mentally made a list of all his childhood enemies. His invitation to visit carried a death-defying message and the challenge was to stay alive long enough to get the girl.
Quigley 1: Quigley's Human Adventure
Action Adventure Comedy based on Motion Picture Quigley
Based on the hit motion picture Quigley, this book reveals many unanswered questions. The canopy that covers the planet with secrecy, intrigue and the unknown is finally lifted. For the first time we see the inner workings of heaven and get the inside scoop of the joy, happiness and laughter from angels behavior both canine and human. Quigley, a heroic canine angel, is a white Pomeranian. He earned his wings on his very first mission so God, putting his sense of humor aside, sends Quigley to earth to save the heart and soul of a man (Archie) who is destined for disaster. For the first time, Quigley is asked to travel as the dog he is but with all the DNA, thoughts and emotions of Archie. Unfortunately for Quigley, these goals must be accomplished as a dog. Quigley’s Human Adventure is loaded with amusement, cliffhangers, and excitement disclosing a serious misunderstanding of human behavior. Quigley has much to do and little time for success.
Quigley 2: Quigley's Christmas Adventure
Action Adventure Comedy based on Motion Picture Quigley
An autistic staffed toy company is in trouble. Slackers Mitch, Vinnie and Moe are hired to shut them down. Heaven’s bell rings. Two dogs, Quigley and Knuckles, are dispatched to earth along with wingless angel Thurmond, to save a town, a toy company and stop the gargantuan mess planned by the slackers.
Let's Sue 'Em
Doug has done it again. This time his out-of-control ego has jeopardized his family, wife, brother, agent, lawyer and a list too long to digest. He has a problem that needs immediate attention. Hiring the feisty female lawyer may solve one issue, but the loose threads that have been hanging around for seven years are outside the capable attorney’s hands. Should he come clean with his wife or create another lie even a speeding train can’t get away fast enough to save him?
Within An Inch of the Moon
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Fiction
Noah Tyler was a year from completing college, marrying Aubrey and settling down. Life changed when he got shot in the head and his entire family is murdered. Aubrey took her magnificent beauty to lure men into professional sexual encounters. Lester used the army as a convenience to steal what he wanted whenever he chose until his Humvee traveled over a bomb. Losing his leg created a war of turmoil and fury searching payment for the loss of his limb. Sophia bullied as a child and convinced her childhood weight and looks would remain through life, focused on a nursing career to forget further humiliation. When the four meet albeit through unorthodox situations, everything changes. Noah wakes from a deep coma and discovers the voice he’s been hearing belongs to Sophia, his nurse. It takes time for him to realize she has been mentally damaged and not worthy of such a handsome man’s affections, but Noah has unexpected issues and the biggest one is a lack of memory. Unable to escape or find safe ground, the four travel rough waters. Wading through deprivation, crime, and a world of ugliness brings false hope to some and ways to triumphantly beat the devil at his own game for the rest.