Author William Joel is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served at the end of the Vietnam war. The Air Force found he had a talent for languages, so they sent him to language school. He served as a linguist for a military intelligence section and spent several years at the National Security Agency (NSA) with a top-secret clearance. On leaving the Air Force, Mr. William joined the state police. He was recruited as a hostage/crisis negotiator and trained by FBI hostage negotiators in criminal and abnormal psychology, criminal profiling, and the techniques used to “talk down” a hostage taker or someone barricaded with the intent to commit suicide. It turned out that he had a natural talent for it and never lost anyone.
William Joel retired from hostage negotiation after getting an advanced degree in psychology and began his second career as a mental health therapist. He worked with sex offenders, administered psychological testing for social security disability, and worked at a drug and alcohol rehab facility. He is currently a trauma therapist. He uses EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) and hypnotherapy to help his patients with their PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) symptoms and depression and anxiety.
Author William Joel wrote his first novel in the mid-nineties. Still, he found that he needed to learn more about how to express his creative imagination eloquently with descriptive and believable character depiction, dialogue, storyline, and background. He loves the idea of providing readers with entertainment and an escape into a different realm of their imagination with his writing. He continues to enjoy reading immensely; his favorites are mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.
Originally from Vermont, he transplanted West to Arizona. Maybe someday he’ll return to the East Coast area. Mr. William enjoys a close and loving family relationship with his wife, children, grandchildren, and siblings. He published two novels through Amazon, “Codename Poltergeist: Some call him a ghost” and “Heads or Tails You’re Gone.”