Interview with Gerard Charles Wilson

What are you working on next?
I am working on my family history series of four books. See my website for more information.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My passion is my writing. Most often I rise thinking about how to proceed in my project.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, studying, researching, family visits, walks.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It starts with a title I want to read - a title I have come across in my research or browsing. Then I check to see if it available in ebook format.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first sustained story was an account of my third year at boarding school. I was fifteen years.
What is your writing process?
I arise early between 5 and 6 am, have breakfast, and then sit at my computer, taking up where I had left off the day before. Generally, my head is spinning by 12 noon.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a million comics by time I was year four of primary school. The first book I completed and loved was Five on a Secret Trail. I came across the word 'tousled' for the first time. George's hair was tousled.
How do you approach cover design?
With great difficulty. My sense of graphic design is woeful. I need to consult people who have an understanding of design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Brideshead Revisited, Great Expectations, Emma, Persuasion, Our Mutual Friend.
What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies, history, philosophy.
Published 2015-06-18.
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Books by This Author

Tony Abbott and the Times of Revolution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,350. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Biography
An account of conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a student politician fearlessly battling the far left at Sydney University. It's about the revolutionary times of the 1960s and 1970s and the author's reflections of those times. Tony Abbott is a vehicle through which he expresses his scathing critique of student radicalism. A paradigm case of far-left manipulation and subversion.
The Witch Hunters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,450. Language: Australian English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy
THE WITCH HUNTER satirises the way the media, big firm lawyers and sundry activists deal with clerical sexual abuse. It is a tale of outrageous hypocrisy that will sometimes make you laugh, sometimes cringe, and sometimes leave you appalled, but will always be ‘glittering’ in its satire, as one reviewer put it. Running through the satire is an odd unexpected romance that disturbs the plans.
The Castle of Heavenly Bliss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 284,830. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Gerda Vrouwendijk in disguise as teacher Edith Bicknell shows a keen interest in pupil Estella Winterbine, an interest only old-school Miss Barker and the local priest see. Despite Miss Barker's and Fr van Engelen's efforts to head off possible danger, Estella feeling first love goes missing. With Gerda's motivations still a mystery, SAS officer Geoff Shawcross sets off in pursuit across the world
In This Vale of Tears
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 191,960. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Religious
Two young women enter a convent to dedicate themselves to the service of others. They submit to the rigours of religious formation, but it is not the demands of their training that disturb their ambitions. There is conflict and dissonant attitudes around them. They find themselves struggling with an evil spirit that seems to infect the convent community. Background is the 1960s social upheaval
Prison Hulk to Redemption: Part One of a Family History 1788-1900
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 143,060. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The author undertakes a journey with his ancestors through Australia's colonial history - a history that hardly has its equal. He traces the cultural continuities of Australian society and shows where his ancestors fitted in. An important part of the story is the indispensable role the convicts played in establishing the Australian nation. Nine convict ancestors are found in the direct line.