For those of you who don’t know me, when you see my name on the Pirate Slayers’ cover, W. Everett Prusso… you probably don’t think anything of it. But, for those of you who do know me, you’re probably wondering, “Whose Everett!” Well, Everett was my grandfather. Everett Eugene Prusso. Some of my fondest memories were when my sister, brother and cousins would get to sit at my grandfather’s feet and listen to the stories he would tell. Stories about ghosts and stories about old California.
At birth, my parents named me after my grandfathers… William, mother’s stepfather and Everett, father’s father. As a kid, I hated both names. Why couldn’t they have named be Bill. (It’s something I never understood… why name a kid William and then call him Bill. Why not just name him Bill to begin with. My sister was Donna and my brother was Scott…and neither had to deal with being called one thing when their name was something else…)
About eight or nine years ago I decided that if my name was William, I was going to see if I could get people to start calling me that. Today, must people out side my family know me as William.
So, why Everett on my book. Along with wanting to be called William, I decided I liked the name Everett after all. When I started to write, I wanted a way to dedicate my work to my grandfather. I hear his voice in my head as the narrator when I write, so in tribute to him, his name will be on all my books.