Although Eric Wilson was born in California, and grew up in Oregon, his most enduring memories revolve around the time he lived in Europe where his parents served as missionaries, smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. He found life to be an adventure with all the different exotic cultures and people he came into contact with.
During Junior high and High School, Eric found himself back in the states. After graduation, he took time to travel in Eastern Europe and China, before returning to attend Life Pacific College in California.
During his junior year of college, a childhood friend began attending, and within months they were married. Twenty years and two daughters later, Eric and his family live in Nashville, TN where he and his wife still enjoy going on dates.
From an early age, Eric knew he wanted to be a writer. He is passionate about telling stories about real characters who struggle with life’s questions and are thrown into some very suspenseful situations. He also likes exploring earth’s ongoing tension between heaven and hell.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Eric a few questions.
Kristen: What is your favorite thing about writing books?
Eric: On the creative end, I love seeing the characters and story come to life, then hearing how readers filter those things in specific ways. On the publishing end, I love seeing the cover for the first time. It gives the new baby a face.
Kristen: How about your least favorite thing about writing?
Eric: I get tired of sitting for thousands of hours a year alone at my desk. It’s a marathon of the heart and mind.Kristen: Do you have an all time favorite character that you created?
Eric: Oh, don’t ask me to choose from among my “children.” I love Sgt. Turney. And Gina Lazarescu. I want to do more stories with Cal Nichols someday. My favorite, though, would have to be Aramis Black.Kristen: I’ve noticed lately that quite a few really good Christian authors were either missionary kids, or were/are missionaries themselves. How do you think being a MK influenced you as a writer?
Eric: Missionaries learn to adapt to other cultures and speak in ways that can be understood outside their own home. I think these are helpful for a novelist.
Kristen: In your new book, One Step Away, The Vreeland family is given material wealth as a test by Satan to see if they will abandon their faith in God. Most people consider financial success a blessing. Do you think they are misleading themselves?
Eric: Wealthis a distinctly American trait of spiritual blessing. All around the world, Christians serve the Lord in poverty, famine, and hardship. They will receive their reward in heaven. In America, many Christians receive their rewards here on earth. I don’t think money or wealth are wrong to have and enjoy, but I do think we are wrong to measure spiritual success by it. Hugh Hefner is a pretty wealthy guy, last I heard.
Kristen: Just for fun, would you tell us something really crazy you have done, or something about yourself that would really surprise your readers?
Eric: I used to live in the Himalayas, when I was a boy. I’ve seen the Taj Mahal, Petra, the Great Wall, and some of the other wonders of the world. And yet, I’ve never gone overseas with more than a few hundred dollars in my bank account. The walk of faith is exciting and often unnerving. Believe me, I’d love to be independently wealthy so I could focus my energy on other things. Maybe God knows I need a fire lit under me to motivate my writing. Maybe someday I’ll learn. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ll have to wait for a reward on the other side and serve and love Him with all my heart down here.
Eric has written eleven published novels through Waterbrook press, Thomas Nelson, and most recently through Bay Forrest Books.
DARK TO MORTAL EYES (’04)
EXPIRATION DATE (’05)
THE BEST OF EVIL (’06)
A SHRED OF TRUTH (’07)
FACING THE GIANTS (’07)
FIELD OF BLOOD (’08)
HAUNT OF JACKALS (’09)
VALLEY OF BONES (’10)
ONE STEP AWAY (’11)
TWO SECONDS LATE (’12)