Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Meet William Tasch, Author of The Soon To Be Released "Outlaw Salvation"
When I was asked to write a guest post, I thought to myself, what would anyone want to know about me? Would they want to know how I came up with a story for a book? Would they want to know about my home life? Maybe they would just want to know what my life is like. I really couldn’t come up with a direct answer of what anyone would want to know about me, so I decided I’d give a little bit of it all.
Well, the first thing I would say is that given the opportunity to serve in the United States army for twenty years gave me plenty of world travel. I have lived in European countries for ten years of my life. I lived in Saudi Arabia for a year, lived on the East coast, the West coast, lived in the North, South and the Midwest. I even got the chance to work at the Pentagon and survived three grueling years as a Drill Sergeant. I have finally come to rest and have lived in Southern California for the past eight years with my family. We are still debating if California will be where we settle down to retire. We get restless being in one place too long compliments of the army.
I have always liked to write, but had never thought about publishing a book until a little later in life. About twenty or so years ago, I was reading a good book, or so I thought. Anyway, the ending of that book was very disappointing. I couldn’t believe how the author ruined that story for me. I ranted for several days and finally my wife had enough and said “Write your own book then.” Hmm, could I write a book? Sure, I thought. That sounded easy. Ha, little did I know what was involved, so I set out to create a masterpiece. A best seller, number one on the New York Times best selling list. Ever hear the line that starts out with “A funny thing happened on the way to the…” Or how about the one I hear at work all the time “Yeah, about that…” Long story short is I wrote five books. All were hand written on long yellow lined paper. I still think that in the future, I will re-write two of those stories, but I ended up shredding them all. As time went on, I would start a story off and on. Finally one day I was searching about publishing and ran across an article that said if you keep trying to perfect your work, you will never finish it. Words to live by, I finally sat down and hammered through a whole story without trying to re-write it a hundred times.
A lot of people ask me how to write a book, or where did I get the idea for this book? That’s a good question. It’s probably different for almost every single author. Who knows what inspires them? I got the idea for this book from several things. I currently work in corrections and deal with inmates. I’ve also been afforded the opportunity to work in specialty assignments. One of those assignments is called Classification. That’s where you interview inmates and decide where they can be housed. It also has you deal with gangs. Given this specialty job, you need to know about gangs and so we get to go to a lot of gang conferences. Outlaw Motorcycle gangs gave me quite the fascination after interviewing some who came into custody. I decided I’d like to write a story about one. I also like the stories to be real, but I don’t believe you need foul language to make a good story. I hear enough of it at work. I wanted the story to be something everyone could read, a story with action, romance, comedy and a positive message. Outlaw Salvation is that story.
Well, I guess I didn’t answer one question that is asked of me quite often when people find out I wrote a book. How do you do that, they ask? The best I can describe the way I write a story is to start with a beginning, but also have a real good idea or the actual ending in mind. The story seems to develop the more I write, but I always tell them this. I know where it starts, and I can see the ending. It’s like driving a car straight toward the ending, but there is a detour and you have to take a left. The rest of the time, you are pulling the steering wheel back to the right to get back to the ending. Well, that’s my analogy and I’m sticking with that.