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A Movie Studio Logo

I wrote recently that I spent a very enjoyable day travelling through the Surrey Hills, exploring the stunning scenery. However, one thing I didn’t expect to come across was evidence of a world-famous movie logo in a quiet English cemetery.

During the post WW2 years when I was a young lad growing up in East Belfast, the main source of entertainment for many people was the local cinema. No television was available then, and with my mother being profoundly deaf, listening to the radio was not an option. Only the written word and movies (‘the pictures’ was the term used) provided satisfactory leisure alternatives for the two of us, while my father was usually away working in England.

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How I Wrote My First Book

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Colourpoint Creative Ltd is the largest Northern Ireland publisher and one of Ireland’s leading publishers, specialising in a range of subjects from Northern Ireland, Irish and general interest books covering historical, social, political, biographical and topical interests, to the long standing field of transport history and heritage.

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William Long

My name is William Long, but I’m known to my friends as Bill, and I live and work in Northern Ireland, the better part of the year.

I’m from a sales and marketing background, having at one time my own business designing and producing branded goods for a wide range of high profile clients, including Coca-Cola, the Ryder Cup, the Five Nations Rugby Championship etc. After retiring from business, I devoted some of my time for a few years to working in a men’s hostel for the homeless.

Now I concentrate on writing, with my current project being a series of sci-fi/fantasy adventure stories aimed at the young adult market – and older kids!

The first in the Timecrack Adventures series Timecrack, followed by Copanatec, have been well received and are also available from most online booksellers, worldwide, including Amazon. 

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Readers' Reviews

  • 'A rollercoaster Sci-fi adventure that flings the reader headlong into other worlds that are all the more unnerving because they blend the fantastic with the familiar. You catch yourself thinking –somewhere in our past or our future this might actually be happening. A novel that awakens the young-adventurer in all of us.'
    Karen MaitlandKaren MaitlandBestselling author of ‘The Gallows Curse'
  • William Long's Timecrack is a good old fashioned science fiction romp in the true spirit of the father of the genre, H.G. Wells. This dizzying Boy's-Own escapade through the wormholes of time and space will have you gripped right to the last with its fantastical vistas of new exotic worlds and ancient civilisations.
    M. McCulloughNight editor Daily Mirror
  • This is one of those books you can't put down - each chapter keeps you wanting more!
    PadstaAmazon 5 Star Review
  • Gripping book great for teens and adults it kept me turning the pages.
    Linda McConnellAmazon 5 Star Review
  • My son really enjoyed Timecrack. I suggest checking it out!
    Xavier SzebratAmazon 5 Star Review
  • Really pleasant to read and very absorbing. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
    Paloma FraileAmazon 5 Star Review
  • Timecrack is about the exciting adventures of 2 teenage boys in another dimension called Amasia. There is danger in this new world and behind it all is the all-consuming need for the boys to find their missing parents. The map helps to orientate you to where everything is happening. It is a real page turner, I couldn't put it down.
    Vi LongAmazon 5 Star Review
  • I met my old friend, the Holywood author, Bill Long, recently for a glass of our favourite single malt whiskey Writer’s Tears’. He is hard at work completing the third part of his Timecrack trilogy and I managed to pick up a copy of the first book from him. I have not read sci-fi since I was a young man and must say the first 60 pages have proved intriguing. In fact, I’m unable to put the book down at night and this has caused the wife much grumpiness because of the bedside light.
    Maurice Neill (Grumpy)Journalist/Bangor Spectator


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An Unexpected Diagnosis is the title and lead story of the author’s personal encounter with cancer. Although faced with a life-changing situation, he tells it with some humour.

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‘Bill’s perspective on a cancer diagnosis is truly insightful … a detailed account of emotions and events at a truly vulnerable time …’
Brian Duggan FRCS

‘… a fascinating read from the patient’s point of view.’
Dr R Clements

‘… I feel you have shown just how one feels when confronted with a serious illness …’
Dr O Hunter

‘This new collection of Irish short stories will invoke a wide range of emotions in the reader. Some are hilarious, others quite unnerving and thought-provoking.’
Jill Todd Editor GJT Services