"We were living lives of passion,
Never wanting to go slow.
Never worryin' about tomorrow,
Never knowing which way to go.
We were dancing on the other side of the wind."
~ William John Rostron
"I may be wrong, but I won't be wrong always."
- Ten Years After
"Life is what happens to you while you are busy making plans."
- John Lennon
"The Journey is the Destination"
Born and raised in Cambria Heights, Queens, NY, Bill now splits his time between his home on Long Island and traveling the country in his Tiffin Allegro motorhome.
When not writing, he is busy completing a bucket list of travel adventures. In the past 16 years, he and his wife Marilyn have traveled 120,000 miles. These travels have taken them to the 48 contiguous states, 133 national parks, all 30 major league baseball stadiums, 154 cities and towns, two Canadian provinces, and a variety of unusual experiences and locations. Many of these destinations color Band in the Wind, as well as its sequels, Sound of Redemption and Brotherhood of Forever.
In the past, he has published over two dozen non-fiction articles in newspapers and magazines. These writings included four full-page op-eds in New York Newsday. He was also presented an award by Nelson DeMille for his historical fiction short story, The Last Artifact.
Three of his short pieces, based on the characters in the Band in the Wind - Cambria Trilogy series, were accepted into the Visible Ink Anthology in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Of all of the work included in this annual literary collection, a dozen are chosen each year for reading and presentation on stage in New York City.
In 2018, the piece "Pretty Flamingo" was given this honor. As an encore, "In the Garden of Eden" was performed in 2019. In 2020, "Ava's Bubble" was read by Tony and Emmy nominee Victor Garber.
In his previous career, the author is proud to have instructed students from the ages of 9 to 90. Throughout his life, he taught elementary school, middle school, high school, college, adult education, and teacher training.
Bill is currently working on the fourth book in his Band in the Wind series and an anthology of short stories, entitled A Flamingo Under the Carousel.
You can contact Bill at Rostron1@aol.com