Bill Winke writes from Centreville, Michigan, in the south-central part of the state, for 20- to 25-different magazines each year, including "Petersen's Hunting," Harris Publications, Vulcan Publications,"Outdoor Life," "American Hunter," and Game and Fish magazines.
Question: How long have you been writing?
Answer: I have been writing since 1991.
Question: What were you doing prior to 1991?
Answer: I was a mechanical engineer.
Question: Why did you decide to leave being a mechanical engineer and go into outdoor writing?
Answer: I ask myself that quite a lot. For one thing, I wanted to be self-employed. Being an engineer, you're basically working in an office, wearing a suit, going in every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a predictable life but not exciting. I was young enough to be looking for more excitement. The whole self-employment aspect appealed to me.
Answer: I loved to hunt. Hunting was my life, and writing for an outdoor magazine could be my excuse to hunt more.
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