Wilson has been gripped by fantastical worlds ever since stumbling upon his father’s copy of The Fellowship of the Ring. He writes fantasy and science fiction stories when not maintaining networks, troubleshooting servers, or fighting the good fight against computer illiteracy. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, two boys, and a possessive cat.
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
It was probably in junior high, about a man in a train who had his consciousness transported into an alien combat suit. Hijinks ensue, with him in the middle of a fight and then ‘waking up’ to discover he’s pretty much destroyed the passenger car.
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
Twenty years ago, I would’ve said Spiderman. Batman now has that mantle, not least of all because he has no powers. He has smarts, on the street and off, resources, and the refusal to ever quit or back down.
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
Moon Knight, hands down. You take a dash of Batman, the genius and money of Tony Stark, give them multiple personality disorder, and then bake it all for six hours at 350°. One Moon Knight, comin’ up.
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
Those damnable Reese’s Easter Eggs. I basically turn into a pre-diabetic every March.
- What would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
Only the fantasy world of “Ocean’s Eleven” could tempt me. And even then, I don’t enjoy the idea of the potentially harsh consequences of those ‘thrills’.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
Whatever Overwatch’s Reaper is wearing, I’ll go with that. Because that dude looks all kinds of awesome.
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
Hrm, that’s a good one. Does never having to drive myself through rush hour traffic again count?
- I think you’ve missed your opportunity in exchange for one of the basic perks! Anyway, we’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
I am decidedly a Hero, but I’m honest enough to admit that I might tend to think about it just long enough to straddle that fence.
Many thanks to Wilson for that, and for his contribution to the anthology. It is adapted from a story he shared with the editors (along with the other members of SFFWorld.com’s writing community) years ago, and we’re very happy to find that it was a perfect match for Pacific City:
HONOR’S JUST A WORD — meet a sneakthief with a difference, but be warned: he’s not the only person using magic on the streets, or in the circles of power high above them…
More interviews are on the way!