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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.


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.

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in ebooks, interview, novels, short stories, writing


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H.E. Bates Short Story Competition closes 4th Nov!

the short story writer's toolshedThe H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, run by one of my writing groups, Northampton Writers Group, closes tomorrow, Monday 4th November (midnight UK time).

This year we have Della Galton as our Head Judge (as Chair of the Group, I see and mark all the entries).

If you have a short story (up to 2,000 words) that you’re proud of, take a look at for details.


Posted by on November 3, 2013 in writing


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