Meet W. E. Mueller
W. E. Mueller has written book reviews, essays and short stories since retiring as an advertising executive. Midnight Bob won First Place in the 2008 St. Louis Writers Guild short story contest, and Honorable Mention in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition . Working the Crossword won First Place in The Writer magazine’s 2008 short story contest. Hollywood and Vine first appeared in “Untamed Ink” Vol. II, Lindenwood University. Peaches and Cream won Honorable Mention in the 2006 St. Louis Writers Guild contest, and Honorable Mention in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Lulu Lappermann won Fourth Place in the 2007 Writers’ Society of Jefferson County competition. Bill's stories have appeared in Vols. III, IV and V of Echoes of the Ozarks, an anthology of the Ozarks Writers League. Mueller’s essays have appeared in Commonweal and Liguorian magazines. He is a graduate of St. John’s University (Minn.), and lives in Chesterfield, MO. with his wife Barbara and dog Rosie.
A peak at Bill's office...
High Hill Press asked its authors to show us where they work. When Bill sent the picture below I figured he moved all his living room furniture out for the day and put a desk in so he could show us a real dandy of a workplace. But, I got to thinking and decided that with Bill's orderly mind, I'm sure his office is just as neat and tidy. Bill's writing is as precise as his decorating, and his short story collection, Peaches and Cream, shows it. The plots are tied up, the mysteries are solved and the characters come alive on the page. As editor of High Hill Press, I get to read a lot of manuscripts. Very few come to us as polished as Bill's did. And once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The title comes from one of the stories about two kind-hearted strippers named Peaches and Cream. Just like Hollywood has learned, you can't go wrong with a kind-hearted soiled dove in your story. A copy of Bill's book can be found on Amazon.com, or you can order it from your local Barnes and Noble, or Borders bookstore. If you're in the St. Louis area, call Main Street Books in St. Charles and Vicki Erwin will send you one. 636-949-0105. http://www.mainstreetbooks.net/. For a great review of Peaches and Cream go to http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com/.