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William R. (Bill) Trotter (July 15, 1943 - February 28, 2018) was an American
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Writings

Trotter's work covered a variety of genres and markets. His first published work was "Sibelius and the Tides of Taste" for ''
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'' in 1965. Lawyer Rob Newsom III invited him to write ''Deadly Kin,'' a
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book, which was published in 1989. A research project Trotter started while at
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about the
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eventually became the history book ''A Frozen Hell,'' published in 1991. It was awarded the Arts and Letters Prize of the Finlandia Foundation. A trilogy of books on the
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in
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was published in 1991 and 1992. ''Winter Fire,'' his first novel, was published in 1993. A horror
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, "Siren of Swanquarter", published in
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magazine, was nominated for a
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in 1994. His biography of conductor
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was published in 1995. He wrote two guides for the
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series of computer games in 1999. A pair of
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s set in North Carolina during the Civil War, ''Sands of Pride'' and ''Fires of Pride,'' were published in 2002 and 2003, and his most recent novel, ''Warrener's Beastie,'' was published in 2006. He has also written "The Desktop General" column for ''
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'' magazine since 1988. Trotter also has spent time in Filmography as an Assistant Director for '' Ghost Recon 2'' in 2004 and as the musical consultant for one episode of ''
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'' in 1976. Trotter was also a classical music expert and collector, owning one of the largest collections of vinyl and CD recordings in the Southeast. He wrote on classical music for the ''
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'', the ''High Point Enterprise'', and the ''
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'', among others, and served as program annotator for Greensboro's prestigious Eastern Music Festival. He was an acknowledged expert on the works of
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, the subject of his novel ''Winter Fire'', and
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, whose Trotter-penned biography has gone as yet unpublished but has made the rounds of the Leopold Stokowski Society for many years.


Biography

Trotter was born in
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Charlotte, North Carolina
. At the age of fourteen he wrote his first novel, ''Glorious October'' (unpublished) about the Hungarian revolution of 1956. He married his second wife, pianist Elizabeth Lustig, in 1983. They had one son together and one son each from previous marriages. Trotter and Lustig published ''The Northstate Reader'' monthly tabloid from 1981 to 1984. Trotter died on February 28, 2018, in
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, of pancreatic cancer.


Works


Novels

*''Winter Fire'' (
1993 1993 was designated as: * International Year for the World's Indigenous People The year 1993 in the Kwajalein Atoll Kwajalein Atoll (; Marshallese: ) is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands The Marshall Islands, officiall ...
) *''Sands of Pride'' (
2002 2002 was designated as the International Year of Ecotourism and the International Year of Mountains. Events January * January 1 ** The Treaty on Open Skies, Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially enters ...
) *''Fires of Pride'' (
2003 2003 was designated the International Year of the Fresh Water Fresh water or freshwater is any naturally occurring liquid or frozen water containing low concentrations of dissolved salts and other total dissolved solids Total dissolved ...
) *''Warrener's Beastie'' (
2006 2006 was designated as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification and the International Asperger syndrome, Asperger's Year. Events January * January 1 – Russia cuts the shipment of natural gas to Ukraine over a Russia–U ...
)


History

*''Deadly Kin: A True Story of a Mass Family Murder'' (
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) *''Silk Flags and Cold Steel'' (1988) *''Bushwhackers!: The Mountains'' (
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) *''Ironclads and Columbiads: The Coast'' (1991) *''Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939/40'' (1991) **Republished in 2002 as ''The Winter War: The Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940'' *''Priest of Music: The Life of Dimitri Mitropoulos'' (1995)


Computer guides

*''Word Processing'' by Anderson and Trotter (
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) *''Ascendancy: The Official Strategy Guide'' (
1995 1995 was designated as: * United Nations Year for Tolerance * World Year of Peoples’ Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War This was the first year that the Internet The Internet (or internet) is the global syste ...
) *''Close Combat: Inside Moves'' (
1996 1996 was designated as: * International Year for the Eradication of Poverty Events January * January 3 Events Pre-1600 * 69 – The Roman legions on the Rhine refuse to declare their allegiance to Galba Galba (; born Servius Sulpi ...
) *''Close Combat - A Bridge Too Far: Inside Moves'' (
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)


Novelettes and short stories

*"The Running Back from Yuggoth" - ''Fantasy Book'' June 1985 *"Bagman" - ''Night Cry'' Fall 1985 *"A Pinch of Snuff" - ''
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'' Fall/Win 1990 *"The Boss of the Seventh Level" - ''Deathrealm'' Spr 1992 *"A Graveside chat with Diedra Cox" - ''Deathrealm'' Win 1993 *"The Siren of Swanquarter" - ''Deathrealm'' Win 1993 *"Big Game" - ''Deathrealm'' Fall 1996 *"The Bleeding of Hauptmann Gehlen" - ''The Darkest Thirst'', Anon, Design Image Group 1998


References

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