Bill grew up in Esperance, Western Australia and joined the Royal Australian Air Force at 19 as an aviation firefighter before discharging and becoming a police officer. He now works as a firefighter. Bill developed a love of reading and writing from an early age as there was no television reception in the town, and enjoys the solitude that comes from being a writer. Bill lives near Donnybrook, Western Australia, with his wife Rhonda, where he divides his time between working, writing, flying and his grandchildren.
His first novel, Blood in the Dust, is a historical thriller set in 19th Century Victoria. It won the 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and world rights were sold by the Bravo Blue Agency to Bonnier Zaffre, who will be publishing it in September 2019.