Join Bill at the White Oak Author Fest

Crest Hill Library

20670 Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Bill will present at the East Wisconsin Festival of Books

Saturday, November 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Held at UW-Waukesha

A day filled with authors speaking, discussions, presentations and BOOKS!

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50 People attended the Beloit Book Launch!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

3:30 p.m.

Kathie Giorgio, author & writing coach will introduce Bill!

Beloit Public Library

605 Eclipse Blvd. Beloit, WI 53511

Reading – Discussion – Book Sales – Book Signing


Chicago Event!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019,

@ 7:00 p.m.

The Book Cellar

Local Author Night

with 3 other authors: Zachary Lindner, Melanie Weiss, and G.P. Gottlieb

4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625


30 People Attended the Lockport/Southwest Suburban Book Launch!

Lockport & Chicago Southwest Area

Saturday, August 24, 2019

1:00 p.m.

SOS Children’s Village

17545 Village Lane, Lockport, IL 60441

Reading – Book Sales – Signing – Questions & Answers

Mini-Writing Workshop for Kids! Adults welcome, too!


Southeastern Wisconsin Book Festival

November 2, 2019

Bill will be on an author panel Saturday & also available to share his book

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha,

1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188-2799

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Madison, Wisconsin

A Room of One’s Own Book Store


315 W. Gorham St., Madison, WI 53703

Bill will do a reading, answer questions and sign books. Join him!



Book Signing – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Breadloaf Bookstore


727 Geneva St, Lake Geneva WI 53147

A Small, But Mighty Bookstore!


2019 Lake Geneva Beachside Authorfest was a wonderful event!

Mark your calendars for the second Saturday in July, 2020. 10:00 – 4:00

Outside, Lake Geneva Library

918 W. Main Stree, Lake Geneva, WI


Belong to a book club?

Have some friends who might be interested in meeting Bill and discussing Face Your Fears?

Contact him regarding an in-person visit in your home, local coffee shop, library or school OR hold a Skype meeting.


The Michigan Book Tour T.B.A.

Lake Odessa, Lansing & Grand Rapids –



The Beloit Public Library 2018 BOOK LAUNCH for Face Your Fears was incredible – 63 people attended!

It was held Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m. Bill read condensed excerpts from Face Your Fears and answered questions. Snacks from Beloit’s own Northwoods Premium and The Blender Cafe were devoured. Thirty books were sold and more were signed. Here are several photos:


AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop Summer Friday Night Free For All!

A Great Experience! 

Friday, August 18th, 2017, Bill Mathis read an excerpt from his novel, Face Your Fears, at Café de Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave., in Waukesha as part of AllWriters’ Summer Friday Night Free For All.  Click HERE for more details.

Face Your Fears...

(Published July, 2018 – check the tab titled Face Your Fears for more info and to purchase.)

What is normal? Who defines it? Can a person with cerebral palsy live a normal life? Even if he’s a quadriplegic? And gay? Could someone fall in love with him? If so, who?

Nate’s a spastic quadriplegic with good head control, a big mouth and use of his right hand with which he can control a joy stick. He must be fed, bathed and toileted. His affluent parents decide he will not be pitied, nor spoiled. Meanwhile, Jude grows up on a hardscrabble dairy farm in Keokuk County, Iowa. The 6th of 10 children, he’s as comfortable changing diapers, baking a cake, fixing bikes or farm equipment and milking cows as he is playing sports. Yet, something is always nagging at the back of his mind: why is he the only short, blond, blue-eyed one of the bunch; and why does Dad avoid him and only call him boy, never son?

Both experience the deaths of teenage loves; both must find their way as gay teens and men, one of them in a wheelchair. Both must find a profession—Jude becomes a physical therapist, Nate an art therapist. Both must navigate relationships, eventually theirs.

Humorous, sometimes tragic, Face Your Fears challenges the traditional concepts of being normal. It treats disability as merely different. With accommodations, Nate is simply another boy, a teen ager, an adult, a human, and not exceptionally inspirational. This is not a typical gay romance novel. Instead it brings together the themes of acceptance, family, love, normalcy, disability and LGBTQ+. It confirms everyone has fears. How we face them determines self-acceptance and growth in each of our lives and our own recognition that being different is truly being normal.