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Interview with Bill O. Farmer

Bill O. Farmer is a well known personality on ScribeSlice. He's always willing to help out and has recently taken on the role of writing the weekly ScribeSlice newsletters.

First, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Am married with three kids, two boys one girl. When I was 12/13 years, there was this columnist for "Daily Nation" (Kenyan Newspaper), Wahome Mutahi (RIP) who would keep my brother roaring with laughter. So one day as my brother is having a fit,I decided within myself I would become a WRITER someday.

Am african, through and through. Never gone a kilometer out of Uganda, just yards into Kenya. To learn english, a catholic nun whipped that into me when I was seven years. Today I speak english better than my mothertongue. The rest is history.

I read stuff way up beyond my years, fat books, from childhood, sometimes with an encyclopedia for the hard words. Along the way I caught the film bug. I once answered a questionaire for the Writers Bureau(Creative Writing School) on enrollment and declared with utmost confidence I could tell a good movie in the first ten minutes. I panicked and changed that to thirty minutes, but the truth is, you can tell a good movie in the first ten minutes. I flunked out of the Writers Bureau, learning nothing. Ooops!

What do you enjoy about writing?

I think its like going to the edge of a cliff and flinging yourself out into the open. Setting yourself free. Enjoying one's imagination with such clarity.

If you could offer just one piece of writing advice, what would it be?

If you want to become a writer, Write!

Who is your favorite writer and why?

James Hardley Chase! Why? The guy was french with a tongue twister for a frenchname and all or most of his books I read had an American setting. He never lived in the U.S. except for a short visit. James sure taught me one thing, research!

What are your writing goals?

Writing the most gripping stories ever to keep you on the edge of your seats plus motivational books to keep others on their feet. Am planning on buying video cameras to boost my script abilities. Its an art thing, nothing fancy.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Bill O. Farmer is my pen name. Bill = William , O = Odongo (my surname), Farmer = George. Writing has been a lonely thing till ScribeSlice. Suddenly am powering like a rocket for outer space. I am an electrician by profession and studying Computer Networks. I shouldn't have been what I am by profession today but hey, when something is meant for you, no amount of failure can stop you.


Harley Bailey

25th September 2011


It's always nice to get to know more about our fellow writers. I always just assumed that Bill's from the US. Yay ignorant assumptions!

Just a question. Why does Bill = William and Farmer = George? Are these cultural references?


Daniel Sintos

25th September 2011


Nice to know the real you, Bill. I have a greater respect for you now than I did before. It's good to count you as a friend.


John Tucker

25th September 2011


George William Odongo are my real names.

The 'Farmer' bit I got from those keyrings with names bearing their meanings.

George is a farmer they say so am like okay. I till paper don't I? LOL Sowing words. ha ha

Bill is for William just as Jimmy is for James!

I know I punched you folks in the gut with those names. I always knew it. It was a matter of time before Harley would come around to me with the interview.

You are all my friends and I had nothing to hide. That pen name was in use long before I stumbled upon Scribeslice. I am 34years old.

Happy writing.


Bill O. farmer

25th September 2011


34 huh? For some reason I had you chalked up in my mind as being older than that. As Daniel aptly put it- "Yay ignorant assumptions".

I'm 27 years old. Compared to most here I'm still wet behind the ears.


Harley Bailey

25th September 2011


Thats cool, man. 27 and with a bunch of older folks behind you. you don't look 27!


Bill O. farmer

25th September 2011


I'd be interested to know how old you thought I was before!


Harley Bailey

25th September 2011


couldn't put a fix, one of two things though, you work out in a gym don't you?


Bill O. farmer

25th September 2011


wow Bill, nice of you coming out from hiding. i always believe in you. i do believe that you are soooo brave that one day you will give us your face. now i feel bad that i give away my age, it would be nice what people think.
Harley, no matter what you say, your maturity level somewhere after 35.Bill i thought little older too. And John is right on the money.


Nina Orlovskaya

25th September 2011


ha ha ha ha Nina now you want the face.


Bill O. farmer

25th September 2011


Huh. I wasn't aware about the meanings behind those names, Bill/George. And good play on the word 'farmer' and 'tilling words'. :P

It's great to get to know you. :)


Daniel Sintos

25th September 2011


You'll give us your face, wouldn't you..?Of course when you will know that we all love you...


Nina Orlovskaya

25th September 2011


@Bill... yes lifting weights is my other interest in life :)

@Nina... thanks :) You look a lot younger than you actually are!


Harley Bailey

26th September 2011


@Nina, by and by you will see me. I know beyond repair you all love me. ha ha ha
@Harley, you profile pic hardley shows much, but I can tell you do weights. Your facial features reveal something and your neck seems alot more thicker plus you seem to be broad shouldered. That makes you a little more mature than 27. Now the Scribeslice thing staggers your age alot more. Its a big project and am coming to terms with it so fast. You planned well.

@Sintos find out what Daniel means and you might be suprised. The meaning of the name Daniel is 'God is my judge' Wonderful!


Bill O. farmer

26th September 2011


Bill, I'm aware of meaning of a lot of Latin and Hebrew names. It's just I was surprised to find out that William and Bill are actually connected.


Daniel Sintos

25th September 2011


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