About Me

William Hrdina started writing in college in 1998 (at the ripe old age of 24).  Since then,  he’s completed 33 novels and over 150 short stories (and counting).  His work is available in good ‘ol fashioned paper copies, ebook or audiobook  formats.  If you like, for a fee (and expenses) he’ll follow you around and read one of his books to you personally.

A midwestern guy from Chicago, William earned philosophy and religion degrees from Indiana University along with minors in cognitive science, sociology, theater and film.  With his highly practical degrees in hand, William went into the workforce, writing at night and after work.  After a varied career at the University of Chicago, William moved with his wife and animal children to the Northwest in October of 2012.

Over his prolific 20+ year career, William Hrdina has written novels, screenplays, radio dramas, audiobooks and short stories in the genres of Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, Satire, Humor, Religion, Adventure, Suspense, Horror,  Murder Mystery and even a Western(ish).  His short audio stories have been played on NPR stations around the country.  Occasionally, he can be found hocking his books on Phish lot and at music festivals along with his trusty hotdog cart.

He continues to write every day.


About My Chicago Childhood.  Hotdogs and Other Tales

Books and hotdogs.

I’d written 33 novels, worked in ICUs, ran medical simulation labs and oversaw the design and construction of a middle school.  But, at 47, I’d reached a crossroads.

All I’d ever wanted to do, really, was to work for myself, sell some books, and make a living.

It was a joke at first, “I’ll open a hotdog cart.”

And then, one day, it stopped being a joke.  I wanted to do it.  I kinda had to.

People love hotdogs. I love hotdogs.  Specifically, Vienna Beef hotdogs.  But you can’t get Vienna hotdogs here in the Pacific Northwest.  So I figured why not combine the thing I miss most about Chicago with selling books?  Steady income, bringing the glory of Vienna hotdogs and Polish to my new home and steady exposure to the public for my books…what could be more American than that?

The chips we have were my favorites as a kid: Fritos, Cheetos, Lays Potato Chips, & Doritos.  We have Coke, Orange and Grape Crush because I lived for them as a kid.  

Every dog comes with a double-stuff Oreo, because Oreos are awesome.

Completed Novels

Short Stories

Novel Word Count