Interview with Bruce J. Wilson

Tell us about yourself, where did you grow up?
I grew up in Miami, Florida where I developed a wild imagination and a love for boating. I spent a lot of time on Biscayne Bay, camping on the barrier islands, and also out on the edge of the everglades. When I was a senior in highschool, my family moved to the Space Coast of central Florida where I graduated from Satellite High. In that summer I joined the Navy to “see the world”. I did see a lot of it, including Viet Nam, but mostly from 19,000 feet up. It truly was an adventure, as advertised. It just wasn't the life for me.
When I left the Navy I returned to the Space Coast of Florida and took a job in manufacturing. After a couple of years I went to work in the space program, during the Apollo missions, over in Guam. My fiance quit her job in Florida to come to Guam, but the day before she was supposed to fly, I quit my job in Guam and flew home to Florida. Since we were both unemployed, we decided to get married. It was great fun, for a while, until we ran out of money, then we both went back to work in manufacturing. Thats how we made our living for the next forty years. The married part continues to be great fun.
We have two children. Our daughter has given us four wonderful grandchildren. Our son passed away within a week of his twenty first birthday; an automobile accident. So we are well aquainted with both joy and pain, not to mention hard work and struggle, along with much of the world.
When did you begin your writing career, and what got you started writing?
I've always had a powerful imagination and I've always been a pretty good liar, er, uh, story teller, I should say. It's a trait you develop as part of the “third child syndrome”, along with a reclusive nature. I got interested in reading as a teenager, and books like, “The Yearling”, by Marjorie Rawlings, “Old Yeller”, by Fred Gipson, and classics like, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “Great Expectations” by the great Charles Dickins, all reverberated in me. I just loved the way these authors painted pictures and new realities in my mind, using words on a page. I'm an artist, and this art struck a lasting chord with me.
Skipping ahead many years, our first child was on the way and something, I don't remember what, reminded me of a story I'd been told as a teenager in Miami. It was the story of a little known pirate who had sailed with the infamous Blackbeard after escaping the depravations of slavery. I was recently inspired in reading “Salem's Lot” by Stephen King and I determined to write a novel of the pirate story. I went down to W. T. Grant at the Melbourne shopping center. I bought a little Royal portable typewriter and started banging away. I learned that the craft was not so easy as it seemed and a thousand pages later, having no clue how the story should end, it became the first novel I never finished. Besides, we had a baby girl by then, and jobs. Life was good.
Now that I am retired my writing career begins, if it can be called a career. I've written and published two novels, “Kingdom of Light” and “The Sign of Jonah”. I'm working on a third, it's that pirate story I never finished telling, and I have begun two more, to be completed next year.
Tell us about the books you've published.
Writing is an art and, like any art, it's a learned process. Although the creative part of it may require a certain natural talent, the adage that "practice makes perfect," is still the rule. The digital world has made self-publishing easy and, in some ways, that's a good thing but for many writers, it can be a dangerous thing. There is a tendency to publish your work before you are ready. For most art forms that's not a problem, but the literary world is less forgiving than other fine arts. It's a bit like acting, one bad performance can end a show and a career. So it was for my first published novel, "The Sign of Jonah," a fictional story of the Biblical prophet, first from the view of the Captain of the ship he tried to escape on and then from the view of the Pagan High Priest of Nineveh. The book simply was not ready for prime-time, but someday I hope to revise it and have a proper edit. The unfortunate sales of that book negatively affected the sales of my next novel, "Kingdom of Light." Just as well, actually, because, once again, it was a work not ready for prime time. Both of those works are no longer available either in print or in digital form. My third work, "Triangle: A Memoir of Black Caesar," is my interpretation of a story I was told as a teenager about a little-known pirate, an escaped slave named Henry, but whom the infamous Blackbeard comes to call, "Caesar," and for good reason. Triangle is currently available from all major e-book outlets. My latest novel, "The Oubliette," is set for release on April first and is currently available for pre-order also from all the major outlets. An interpretation of the many mysterious verses in the Bible that refer to the Nephilim and other forms of angelic progeny, "The Oubliette" is a darkly, compelling tale of the unseen forces that have, from the beginning, doggedly shaped our world by their influence on the minds of men. It is the powerful tale of a NYC fireman's confrontation with an imprisoned angel, one too powerful for death, but too wicked to be free, whose rebellion has been especially offensive to God. His name is Azazel and he is one of the Urshu, a type of Spoken Being, created in flesh and blood, who established close ties to Earth-bound mortals.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a story of magic.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are so many good books out there that it's difficult to narrow down to just five. I guess it's best, to begin with, the classics, and I want to say that I'm not as familiar with books in languages other than English, as I probably should be, but I will list the Bible as number one, even though it's, technically, a compilation. I'm a huge fan of history and historical fiction so moving to the history genre, I choose "The Arcanum," by Janet Gleason. In biography, I recommend, "The Gulag Archipelago," by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Now, with only two slots left for all of the fiction category, (you see the problem here, right?), I have to narrow it down to the two books that most influenced me to want to become an author. First I would list, "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, and that followed by "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck. It's really not a fair question, you know.
Published 2018-03-25.
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Books by This Author

Triangle: A Memoir of Black Caesar
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 199,700. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
"Triangle" is a story of royal intrigue and merciless power, of corporate greed and a life of lawless freedom in the colonial Caribbean. It is a story of treachery, treasure and triumph in the golden age of pirates, slaves, Royal monopolies and brutal competition for a prize known as, "The New World"