Interview with Steven Patrick Wilson

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators. They focussed on three boys investigating mysteries in 1950's Hollywood. Excellent escapism for a nine year old.
How do you approach cover design?
Images that catch the eye of someone looking for the genre I write. For example, a German WW2 iron cross immediately represents the war in Europe
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Farewell to the King by Pierre Schoendoerffer. An ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary position of power.
Prince of Thieves (The Town) by Chuck Hogan. A flawed anti-hero who battles with conflicting values.
Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan. An ordinary guy, ex- military special forces, comes good after he is betrayed.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Great story narrated by way of a letter to the visiting Chinese Premier.
1984 by George Orwell. A cautionary tale of totalitarianism. Excellent descriptions of characters and settings.
What do you read for pleasure?
Action adventure that's realistic and features people who I can relate to rather than chisel jawed heros who never run out of ammo.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad
When did you first start writing?
2011
What's the story behind your latest book?
An horrific murder that occurred in 1955. A child's half naked body was discovered in a disused military bunker complex.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was Finding Elliot, a historical/ghost story of the ghosts of a WW2 bomber save a couple of local kids. It won the local short story competition in 2011.
Published 2013-10-14.
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Books by This Author

The Garrison
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,110. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A tiny island lies in a remote part of the Pacific, undisturbed for seventy years…. until a reality TV show stumbles ashore and discovers its deadly hidden secret. Willow, the youngest contestant, must draw on her unique knowledge and skills to survive, prevent the slaughter of her co-contestants and to stop a weapon of mass destruction being unleashed.
Aftermath
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies
This is a collection of short stories that focus not on war but its aftermath. Each is set on Australian soil but with powerful and enduring links to distant lands. Physically and mentally broken soldiers struggle to find their way after returning from the the Great War; a powderkeg of long held grudges ignites at a reunion of elderly former POWs; and, a flight crew search for a long lost friend.
The Misfortune Teller
Price: Free! Words: 4,060. Language: Australian English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
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The circus has come to town. Teenage friends Katie, Josh and Luke reckon they're too old for the circus but free tickets are free tickets and it is the school holidays. When Josh visits the Fortune Teller events take grim turn for the worse and it's up to Katie and Luke to rescue him. But first they'll have to evade a small army of murderous circus performers.
Details
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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It was Probationary Constable Alex McMahon's first day on the job. "Speeding tickets and break and enters," said her instructors at the academy, hosing down the rookies' enthusiasm. "Nothing like TV or the movies," they said. Yet here she was, bomb threats, terrorists and her gun drawn, safety catch set to fire.
The Tin of Secrets
Price: Free! Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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Old Arthur is a cleaner at Sydney’s Central Railway Station. One of those invisible people who carries out the thankless jobs that make our lives easier. He keeps to himself and no one can remember the last time he had a sickie. In fact no one knows much about Arthur at all and that’s just the way he likes it. But that’s about to change when his dark past finally catches up with him.
Visitors
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Geoff Rankin, a returned serviceman, just wants to get away for a quiet weekend up in the tablelands. When he encounters what appear to be visitors from another planet, he deals with them the only way he knows…violently.
Served Cold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Ali brought his family to Australia to escape the horrors of the Iraq civil war. He’d worked hard to pay his own way in his new homeland. What he didn’t expect was to have his family kidnapped. What the police didn’t expect was a bizarre ransom demand to be played out on national television. And what the television networks didn’t expect were to be pawns in a twisted game of revenge.
The Return
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,940. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
March 1945. Tom Mueller, a POW in Nazi Germany, finally makes a "home run" after four long years in captivity. His London debrief retells his amazing odyssey of capture, escape and heartbreaking recapture. He astounds everyone when he agrees to lead a covert team back into Germany to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Tom’s return to Nazi Germany in its dying days reveals a hidden agenda.