Bill Belleville is an Florida-based author and documentary filmmaker specializing in nature, conservation, and "sense of place." His genre is creative non-fiction, and his latest title is "The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys", released on Sept. 30, 2014. "Peace" is a collection of Bill's real-life stories---narrative essays---in which he describes his experiences hiking, paddling, snorkeling and diving in a wide variety of locales in Florida and the larger bio-region of the Antilles. All of the destinations have some relationship to water---if they are not rivers, springs, swamps, and oceans, they are places where water has historically played a major role in shaping the landscape of that place. While some of the stories may seem adventurous, Bill doesn't play up that element. Instead, he records the experience in exacting and vibrant detail, and reaches inside to honestly examine his own feelings about the place. Within this context, Bill often tries to understand how culture(s) have been shaped by the energy of that landscape over time.
Bill's previous book, "Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams" won a National Outdoor Book Award for the category of Natural History Literature. (Former winers include Robert Michael Pyle, Farley Mowat, David Attenborough, and Roderick Nash.)
Additionally, his book "Losing it all to Sprawl" was named one of the "Best Books of the Year" by the Library Journal.
In addition to his own seven books, Bill's also contributed essays and articles to several national anthologies including "Salon's Wanderlust: Real Life Tales of Adventure and Romance"; "The Best Travel Writing of 2006: True Stories From Around the World"; "Adrenaline 2000: The Year's Best Stories of Adventure and Survival"; "Naked: Writers Uncover the Way we Live on Earth"; "Discovery Travel Adventures: Scuba Diving"; "Discovery Travel Adventures: American Safari"; the Introduction for the updated reprint of the environmental classic "From Eden to Sahara" by John Kunkel Small"; and a chapter/essay for "William Bartram: Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South".
An excerpt from "River of Lakes" also appears in the anthology "The Wild Heart of Florida." Although Bill considers himself a nature writer, others have also placed him in the category of "eco-adventure" because he integrates nature and the related culture into his narratives. New York Times Bestselling author Carl Hiaasen has said: "Bill Belleville writes gorgeously and straight from the heart."
Bill's also scripted several films for Equinox Documentaries, Inc., including the PBS documentary "In Marjorie's Wake" and the Emmy-winning "Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?" and has traveled widely overseas for the Discovery Channel. For more complete information, see his Authors' Guild website: www.BillBelleville.com