Bruce Wilson

Biography

Bruce Wilson is a writer, historian and educator living in Silver City, New Mexico. He is a graduate of California State University-Fullerton and Western New Mexico University where he currently teaches American History. He is a contributing author to the anthology Bug Tales by Paul Klebahn and Gabriella Jacobs and his story “Raven’s Nest” received an Honorable Mention in the Desert Exposure 2015 Annual Writing Contest. Recalling the stories his father used to tell, one tale in particular kept popping up in his thoughts, so Wilson traveled to Kentucky to do some research on his family heritage and discovered the actual events of the story. Last year, he returned to the home of his ancestors in Kentucky and walked the country roads and trudged through the rows of the tobacco fields. Unable to get the story out of his mind, he turned the event into a novel—Death in the Black Patch.

Smashwords Interview

What's the inspiration behind your newest book?
My father was a story-teller and one tale that fascinated me as a child was about a tragedy in our ancestry. The tale never changed, and my father never provided any details. Long after he died, I discovered the facts of the tale in a 1906 newspaper in Kentucky. Finally knowing these facts and putting them in context led to Death in the Black Patch.
What are you working on next?
I’m in the beginning stages of my second novel. I plan to move one of my characters from Death in the Black Patch to Bisbee Arizona and see what kind of mischief he can get into that town in 1907- 1908.
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Death in the Black Patch
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,400. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016 by Artemesia Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Biographical
In 1906 Kentucky, Wes Wilson’s tobacco crop is his life’s blood. Wes is determined that nothing—not the devious tobacco buyer; the ever-present Night Riders; or the cousin hiding a deadly secret—will stand in his way. The secrets and lies smother Wes the longer he takes to decide what to do with his crop. The conflict erupts and soon rages out of control with a result both surprising and tragic.

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