Longtime Daily Record editor, reporter and columnist William Westhoven will discuss the process of turning nonfiction into fiction during an informative seminar for budding novelists, historians, storytellers and fiction-lovers on Monday, May 7, at the main branch of the Parsippany Library.
“Researching and Adapting Real History into Fiction” begins 7 p.m. at the main branch, 449 Halsey Road. Admission is free of charge and no advance registration is necessary. For more information, call 973-887-5150 or visit www.parsippanylibrary.org.
Westhoven recently published his first novel, “One-Hit Willie,” which imagines the life and career of a fictional rock musician as it intersects with 50 years of meticulously researched music history. His character’s globe-trotting journey includes a “gig” at Parsippany’s legendary former rock music venue, the Joint on the Woods.
The discussion will include research techniques, legal disclaimers, combining subject sources, developing fictional characters based on real people, “fact-checking your fiction” and more.
Westhoven, a lifelong Parsippany resident, is currently working on his second novel, inspired by the rise and fall of the notorious consumer-electronics retailer Crazy Eddie. Prior to his 23-year career in journalism, Westhoven spent seven years working for Eddie Antar, leaving the company as a store manager in 1987. Antar later became known as the orchestrator of one of the most infamous financial-fraud scandals in American history, generating national headlines decades before Enron and Bernie Madoff. His exploits have continued to generate headlines, including a recent front-page story in the Star-Ledger.
Westhoven also is the author of a nonfiction book, “Eric Clapton: Career of a Rock Legend” (Zinn Publishing/Barclay House Books, 1996). As the theater critic and columnist for the Daily Record in Parsippany, Westhoven won seven first-place awards from the New Jersey Press Association for Critical Writing.
For additional information, visit www.onehitwillie.com. Copies of “One-Hit Willie” will be available for purchase at the discounted price of $10.