Author Spotlight no.341 – Brian Wilson

Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and forty-first, is of short story author Brian Wilson. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.

brian_wilsonBrian Wilson is a New Zealand writer who has travelled around the world, and has drawn on these and New Zealand experiences to write his short stories.  His first book, ‘Moments in Time –a collection of short stories’, captures his experience of the killer earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was in a building across the road from a six-storey building which collapsed entombing the 113 occupants. This book also includes humorous and thought-provoking stories based in Australia, England, Scotland, Zambia, Thailand and Switzerland.

Bumpy RoadsIn April this year, Brian returned from China and Japan. China was the first communist country he has visited and this was not what he had expected. You can find out more about this in his new book of 35 short stories – ‘Bumpy Roads’.  This book was published September 2013, and guest writer, Rachel Coops, has written 5 of these stories.

Brian has qualifications in accountancy, management and psychology –an MA (honors). He has grown up in the city of Christchurch where he raised his own family and enjoyed recreational pursuits of writing, sport and music. In past years, he has also enjoyed tramping (hiking) in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

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And now from the author himself about ‘Bumpy Road’ his latest collection of short stories.

Moments in TimeThis book follows on from my first book, Moments in Time, 30 short stories written following the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquakes. It includes stories of post-earthquake Christchurch and the bumpy roads Christchurch people have to literally and figuratively travel down, as well as other humorous and thought-provoking stories based in other countries. Many have surprise twists.

The book also includes five stories from a guest author-Rachel Coop and you can be assured that her stories are worth reading; a young talent with a bright future.

I am a New Zealand writer who likes to travel. Countries I have visited include: Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Recently I returned from China and Japan and stories based in these countries feature in my new book, Bumpy Roads.

Recently I retired from a job as a tax specialist and investigator. This job required accounting and management qualifications. Frankly, while it was a great job, I never enjoyed studying accounting as I found the subject dry and boring. However, in the course of my employment I took a liking to psychology and completed a bachelor’s degree. Then, because I enjoyed psychology so much, I went on to complete an Honours Master’s Degree in Psychology (clinical) in 2006. My thesis was on bullying, cynical hostility and depression and I covered 355 participants in four high schools.  I have used my knowledge of human behaviour in my books and one of my stories in Bumpy Roads is about a school bully.

I commenced writing following the earthquakes in Christchurch. When the 7.1 Richter Scale earthquake hit at 4.35am on 4 September 2010, my wife and I were at the Airport checkout awaiting for our flight to the UK.  The airport was close to the epicentre, so the experience was very moving. When the 6.3 earthquake struck on 22 February 2011, levelling our city, I was across the road from a six-storey building that collapsed burying 113 people. That day 186 people died. These experiences couldn’t go unreported and were included in my first book ‘Moments in Time’.

Both Moments in Time and my new book are available in electronic format, soft and hard cover from most internet book retailers. These books are also available in a number of libraries world-wide. I found China to be an interesting country; the first communist country I have visited. I was most surprised to find it was not what I expected, but find out more in Bumpy Roads. This book also includes other countries including: England, France, Italy, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, some of those mischievous characters in’ Moments in Time’, return in ‘Bumpy Roads’. What will they get up to next?

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You can find more about Brian and his writing via…

And now more about his book…

‘Bumpy Roads’ – fasten your seatbelts and prepare to travel down the bumpy roads of life. 35 entertaining short stories based in eight countries; some with humour and others thought provoking. Hold on tight as you approach the surprise twists and remember that most accidents are caused by the nut behind the wheel!

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3 thoughts on “Author Spotlight no.341 – Brian Wilson

  1. Jane Risdon says:

    I love to travel too and am so impressed by your list of places visited. This is the way to expand your horizons as a human being and to learn about other cultures and ways of life. It should be compulsory. Loved this post, thanks for sharing and good luck with the building project. Thanks for sharing and thanks Morgen, as usual. 🙂

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