Mark Wilson


Mark Wilson was born at the end of WW2, in Caernarvon, North Wales. He has lived in Montreal, Canada where he was at times a taxi driver. Travelled in Europe and overland to India. He currently lives in Bristol, England where he was an English teacher for 17 years, before devoting his time to writing, research, and forms of relaxation.

The two books: "The Stoning of Albert", and "The Present" were written between 1970 - 1975. A book of poems (True Life Adventure) completes this early trilogy. Mark Wilson says that his poetry is his true autobiography, while his novels are pure fiction.

The ‘darkly inventive’ plot of “Alberta” was inspired by his life in the teaching profession; and “The Stoning of Albert” by his days as a young man. His most recent work is titled “Every Now, And Again” and is due out in 2017.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My sister read to me first, and it was about a chair that had wings which would grow out of the legs and take children on adventures. I just liked it a lot and wanted to hear more about it, and imagine it. The first one I read myself was about King Arthur, and I read it round and round and round about five times i.e. if I finished it I would immediately start it again. I think, again, the impact was that it made me imagine things, like the Green Knight, sword fights, ancient times, magic incidents, The Holy Grail, The Sword in the Stone, and maybe behind these was an atmosphere of romance and valour which just felt good and exciting to my young mind. I still like these things now, but differently. Interest in The King Arthur Legends eventually - like fifty years later - led me into books like "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley; and I also read a former pupil's very good dissertation about views of Guinevere through the years. Then last year I suddenly thought about how people are always saying that Arthur is the "once and future king", and I thought "Well what would that mean? He just comes back as he was? I mean, it's not like Arthur was that great about Guinevere, for example. She only had happiness from sneaking around with Lancelot, and it didn't turn out so well in the end. That's the truth of it. There was a lot of misery around. Attitudes to women basically sucked. Camelot suddenly seemed to me, realistically, not quite so idyllic as it has been made out to be. This idea led me to begin a poem called "The Eyes Of The Beholder" and it all unfolded from there, prompted by some reactions as I went along from that same former pupil!
Describe your desk
Well, my desk is basically my (our) bedroom, like an exploded desk, but kept quite tidy. Just my laptop, pen and paper are right with me when i write, but other things I might need, like research materials, notebooks, and a dictionary are close by; sometimes they are on the bed (desktop) for a while, but mainly in bookcases, or temporarily on the floor. It all circulates. Because it's my bedroom, there is also TV, a stereo, and a lot of music, plus candles and incense, and a good window with a view of the sky. This room is mostly where I live, it's like a bed-sit, although there are several more rooms. For some work though, like copying my typed film script (The Covenant Men) onto my laptop, I often sit on the couch in the living room.
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The Eyes Of The Beholder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Through fifteen hundred years, people await the return of King Arthur. What exactly are they hoping for? Camelot? Where Queen Guinevere was a trophy wife for whom he had no time, left to dally with Sir Lancelot? Who would treat a friend like that? King Arthur is back with a whole new plan.There's only one person who's not convinced, Guinevere!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 143,540. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two teachers, working side by side, go through hell, to find each other!
You Are An English Teacher!
Price: Free! Words: 35,190. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Language experience approach
A Guide To The True Basics - for Parents, Pupils, Pedagogues, Politicians...Presidents and probably even Prime Ministers. A trip through the learning of English as a mother tongue from minute one onwards. The resurrection of common sense, intuition, and the syllabus that’s always been here.
True Life Adventure!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,880. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Subtitled: Part One: My Gap Year 1966-1978 This is a collection of my early poems. These poems could be characterized by the title of the first poem: "It furthers one to cross the great water..." (taken from the fortune telling book The I Ching, which I was using a lot at the time).
The Present
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,570. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The story of the president's epoch making space flight to The Planet of the Sky God.
The Stoning Of Albert
Price: Free! Words: 52,860. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Albert, Bev, Ronnie, Mary Lou. Montreal, around 1968. No longer teenagers, becoming adults, how did they embrace life and make the changes? Contains Love, soul-searching, travel, and a strong supporting cast. If you were there, of course you won't remember this. If you weren't, the sixties were nothing like you've heard about! Unavailable 'til now!

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