New York Times Bestselling author Eric Wilson, who wrote the novelizations for popular films Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and most recently October Baby, knew at a young age that he wanted to be a writer—his love of storytelling, perhaps, stoked by real life adventures.
By age ten, Eric had traveled to twenty-three countries. Before entering high school, he helped his parents take Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. After high school, he made his way to Eastern Europe and China, before heading to California for college.
Eric, his wife, and their two daughters live near Nashville.
What sparked your writing journey? What keeps that fire burning?
My love of reading, absolutely. It all started with the Chronicles of Narnia. Fiction allows us to see the world through the eyes of others, visit places we’ve never been, and experience new things.
Has God ever provided an unexpected “detour” in your life that turned out to be positive?
Too many times to count. For me, two big things were my parents’ divorce and the bankruptcy of my personal business. God works all things together for good, if we’ll let Him, and He has brought redemption and healing even through those negative things in my life.
How does your faith play into your work?
My faith is the foundation of my entire way of thinking, living, loving, and believing. My faith has been tested, and I’ve found that God is real and good and here. Because of that, I tend to write about characters whose faith is being tested.
Let’s talk about October Baby (B&H Publishing, September 2012). Please tell us about it.
This is the coming-of-age story of a nineteen-year-old girl who finds out she was adopted after surviving an abortion attempt. Why did her mother want to terminate the pregnancy? Why did she survive? She goes on a search to find answers, and finds them in some unexpected ways.
It’s a powerful story of the beauty of each life. Rather than being a jugdmental story against abortion, it’s a story of forgiveness and wholeness for those who have been wounded by this issue. It’ll make you laugh and make you cry, guaranteed.
You’re also the author of a continuing series (By the Numbers), with two books already released. Please tell us a little about the series and your upcoming novel, Three Fatal Blows.
This series is centered around modern characters in everyday life circumstances, who then have their worlds turned upside down. It’s suburban suspense—it could happen next-door.
One Step Away deals with a family who get an unexpected $6,000,000, only to find out that there are some deadly strings attached (and it’s a twist on the story of Job).
Two Seconds Late is the story of a young woman who, while dating a state representative, becomes entangled in a plot to implant tracking devices in children and the elderly (and it’s a twist on the story of Esther).
Three Fatal Blows is the story of a police detective whose own daughter is threatened by the man who killed his niece ten years earlier. When the law fails to put the man behind bars, the detective wonders how far he should go to mete out justice (and it’s a twist on the biblical Avenger of Blood, who took a life for a life).
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
Coffee. No question. My wife and I even ran our own espresso booth for four years. I appreciate good food, but don’t go out very often. When I do, I love seafood. But even then, I’m going to end my meal with dessert and, you guessed it, a good cup of coffee.
This website features musicians as well as writers. Do you have musical, as well as literary, talent?
My wife plays music by ear, writes songs, and sings with such a sincere and effortless voice. As for me, well, let’s say that I tried learning two or three instruments as a kid but never got past practicing Mary Had A Little Lamb.
If you were a song, what kind of song would you be?
A modern rock song with very honest, searching, yet hopeful lyrics. Imagine one of David’s most soul-searching psalms mixed with drums and heavy guitar.
In the story that is your life, are you the tall, dark stranger; the romantic lead; the mythical warrior; the mad scientist; or the child in an adult’s body?
For my wife, I’m the romantic lead. For my kids, the mythical warrior, and when I’m in the writing zone, I’m more like the mad scientist.
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
My first love was Goodnie, my little puppy from the pound. Loved the dog so much. But he was killed by a car, and that was truly my first test with God. I prayed that Goodnie would come back to life, fully believing it would happen. Now, we have a dachsund/beagle named Tinkerbell (my daughters named her), and a kitty named Smudgie. They are great pets. I go running and exploring with our dog. She loves to get oudoors.
Thanks, Eric! It’s a pleasure to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
Thanks for letting me be a part of what you’re doing. Keep up the great work.
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