Agent: currently unrepresented
660 W. 24th Place
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Home page: www.hartwilliams.com
Hart Williams grew up in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, and Santa Fe, New Mexico (with a brief, brutish sojourn in Kansas).
He attended Texas Christian University on a National Merit Scholarship. After college, he moved to Hollywood, California (after marrying his college sweetheart), where he set out to become "a writer" in May of 1976.
Williams was writing for the Los Angeles Times at 22, and a regular book critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner at 23. At the tender age of 23, he found himself the x-rated film critic and an editor at HUSTLER Magazine (but that's a story in its own right) as well.
He spent a decade-and-a-half in Hollywood writing and freelancing for various newspapers and magazines (From Los Angeles Magazine to OUI to the Los Angeles Free Press). In addition, he wrote screenplays, brochures, and worked as a typesetter on and off for nearly 20 years: everything from NASA proposals for the Space Station to Spanish supermarket flyers. (ˇPapas fritas! ˇUvas!)
He spent thirty plus as a freelance book critic, writing for, among others, The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Portland Oregonian, the Los Angeles Times and the Santa Fe Sun. He founded the Eugene (Oregon) Register-Guard's Book page in 1994, and began the Orange County Register's use of freelancers in 1988.
In 2000, he was the only person attending the Democratic National Convention as both a delegate, and as an IMC reporter (writing daily reports for the LA Free Press).
This of course doesn't include the obligatory blizzard of strange professions (cab driver, steel mill crane operator, etc. etc.). Suffice it to say that Williams is an experienced individual and never required a stint at a pension in Vienna to have enough raw material to write from.
He is completing a novel about cowboys or farmers (he is not quite sure which). A writer professionally since 1976, Williams marked his 25th anniversary as a writer in 2001. It has definitely been an odyssey.
He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Jayne, her father (who will turn 100 in 2007) and their astonishingly cute, tailless cat.
Interests: Polyglot; catholic. Builds computers, works on V-8 engines; paints, draws, sculpts and carves stone; geology, astronomy, history, thousands of Rock & Roll albums (lp's and CD's) specializing in "progressive rock." An inveterately curious individual with a
Published writer: Yes