Author Interview with John Wilson

Author Interview with John Wilson

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Today we have an author interview with John Wilson, author of the new release Failed Hope. John talks about his new book, his most memorable response from a reader, and what his next project is.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

John: With Desperate Glory: The Story of WWI and Bitter Ashes: The story of WWII, Failed Hope: The Story of the Lost Peace completes an accessible illustrated history of 1914 to 1945 for middle school kids.

Caitlyn:  Tell us a little about the overarching theme of your work, and why you felt compelled to explore it.

John: We cannot understand the world we live in if we do not understand how it came about. Failed Hope completes a history of the first half of the twentieth century and outlines many of the events and themes that helped form our world.

Caitlyn: How did you research your book?

John: I have an extensive home library of history books, many of which deal with the twentieth century. These  provided the broad basis for my research. Details and anecdotes were searched online.

Caitlyn: Describe the most memorable response you’ve received from a reader.

John: After a school presentation on Flames of the Tiger, my novel set in the closing days of WWII, a grade ten student slouched up to me and held out a couple of violent Manga comic books. “This is what I read,” he said. Unsure of how to respond, I waited. He continued, “but I read Flames of the Tiger. I never knew a book could be that interesting. I’m going to try another one.” He then slouched off leaving me both thrilled and humbled.

Caitlyn: What is your new project?

John: I am currently working on Lost Cause, a novel set partly during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939.

John Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of numerous books for young people. He has written other Stories of Canada titles, including Righting Wrongs and Discovering the Arctic, both of which were shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for children’s non-fiction. He lives in Lantzville, British Columbia.