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LocalLit author spotlight: Bill Herring of Romeoville

Next week's short story is by Bill Herring of Romeoville.
Next week's short story is by Bill Herring of Romeoville.

LocalLit is a new short story newsletter that connects local authors with local readers. The newsletter kicked off in April. Each week a new short story by a local author is sent directly to subscribers email.

Next week's short story is by Bill Herring of Romeoville. Recently Herring took a few minutes to speak via email with Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.

Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.

Herring: My writing background started in school fictional stories and history papers with my point of view, [and later] as a chief engineer for high-rise buildings writing plenty of monthly engineering reports sometimes using a bit of flare for the dramatic on issues that needed immediate attention. A little humor in memos to the staff seemed to go easier to accept.

Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?

Herring: I have kept a couple of spiral notebooks consisting mostly of of poems to my grandchildren, heart warming adventures about my grandson Will and Papa Bill, letters to friends in story form, some stories about days gone by and some fictional things.

Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.

Herring: The one line I will summarize for my story would be, "What a difference one man can make to so many lives."

Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now?

Herring: I haven't written a book but some of my stories were used by a friend who had his book published. May I say the inscription he wrote: "To Bill, the best story teller I have ever known."

Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?

Herring: As for finding more about me, first of all there isn't to much about me to learn. I would say though friends and family would be the only way. Have to put [Microsoft] Word on this laptop.


Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story by a local author to the newsletter's subscribers or – starting in 2019 – a review of a book written by a local author.

Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words. Featured authors will be spotlighted in publications before the newsletter runs so readers have time to sign up.

To submit and for more information, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or To sign up for the newsletter and read Herring's' story, visit

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