More About the Author
You can review the my formal bio and learn more about my writing at http://www.jcraigwilliams.com.
That bio is admittedly boring unless you want to know my qualifications. Here's the real skinny. Why do I write? First, I love to write, and have been writing practically every day for nearly 25 years. In the beginning, according to those who apparently knew, I used to be a terrible writer, even though part of my undergraduate degree was in journalism (the others were radio, TV and film, a.k.a. 'Communication Arts').
My first job, writing a newspaper, speeches and press releases in Richmond, Virginia for an AT&T subsidiary was consequently difficult. My boss, a white-haired woman in her 60's, terrorized me as a writer, constantly correcting my grammar and story construction. I took more writing classes. I learned to write better, but apparently never good enough to satisfy my boss. Looking back on it, I'm not sure I ever could have.
When I went to law school in Iowa, they taught legal writing. It was a completely different style. Issue, Rule, Analysis and Conclusion. Rote, but then again not. Thankfully, the Iowa Writer's Workshop allowed law students to expand their skills and practice fictional writing. I learned a lot from that program.
Indeed, some would say fictional writing is not far off from legal writing.
Perhaps you could have predicted that my writing experience at my first legal job in California would be surprisingly similar to the experience I had with my newspaper writing. I couldn't have guessed that my former boss had a twin in the legal industry. Once again my writing was deemed insufficient. I took more writing classes. And more and more. Somewhere along the line, I think I finally got it. Now that you're reading my book, How to Get Sued, you're the true judge of whether I've finally got it.
My first post on my blog (http://www.mayitpleasethecourt.com), How To Get Sued, ultimately became the title of my book, which also got its push from an email from Kelli Christensen, my editor at Kaplan Publishing. With her guidance, the book was written and will hopefully soon be in your hands. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, especially the quotes that lead into each of the vignettes.
Quotes had always fascinated me. As a kid, I pulled the Reader's Digest from the mailbox and read each of the quips and quotes at the end of the article before I would even look at the stories themselves. Adding a Quote of the Day seemed a perfect fit for the book, and gave me the opportunity to extend the daily post into a witty saying that hopefully expands the way you think about each vignette I wrote.
When I'm not writing, blogging or practicing law, I surf the internet and play with computer toys, gizmos and gadgets and listen to music. To gain some perspective on life, get out of the office and away from a computer, I snow ski in the winter, scuba dive year round, surf really poorly and love to ride my Harley. Plus, an occasional cigar goes up in smoke as a glass of scotch goes down. Oh yeah, I exercise and watch what I eat, too.
I also try to keep track of my three grown children. One graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with his wife and now practices law in Phoenix, the second is married and now working in his field with a Masters in History from UC Riverside. The third (my baby girl - OK- not so much anymore, but that's my nickname for her) is working on her Masters in Environmental Science at Humboldt State University. They make Dad proud.
Before she died just recently, my Mom in Cape Cod got phone call from me where we reminisced about summers on the Cape when my father's old secretary threw her cottage keys at him to get him out of the pulpit for a week, but mostly out of her hair. You want to know where the attitude in my blog comes from? My Mom would tell you it's my Dad, and his pointed sermons. I may have listened more closely than I thought.