Stiletto: An exotic dancer struggles to make a living after encountering a murder-in-progress on the job.
Cast: The world is increasingly run by robots, which grow increasingly human.
Analog: An ex-Air Force pilot subsists after a weapon disables all modern technology.
Weakness: Sergeant Ruocco hanged himself.
My Beloved’s Eyes: We leave pieces of ourselves with our loved ones- sometimes literally.
Reformatory: A juvenile delinquent and her roommate mature in the aftermath of a devastating assault.
Capricorn: A man wrecks his life and chases fairy tales, while dealing with his young daughter’s impending illness.
Behav: Future terrorists recruit a past terrorist.
Death Echoes: A detective communes with the dead to close their unsolved cases.
Traveled Time: A man examines his life and choices, with the advent of time travel.
Genetic Memory: A dog confronts his owner after gaining the ability to speak and reason.
Darling, Wendy, M.A.: A girl saves her brothers from their abusive father by masquerading as a gang leader. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Eponine: Following her near-death in the streets of Paris, a young woman witnesses the birth of feminism and the industrialization of Europe. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Dorothy: Her fantasy was undoubtedly much happier than the reality of her injuries. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Cinderella Shoes: A man discovers a new side of himself after acquiring women’s clothing.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Well, I write in many genres. Cinderella Shoes, particularly, has a variety of written styles and themes. Mainly, I love sci-fi, because it lets me look at the world around me critically, analyze it, guess what might happen if things continue this way, or if things change. But I write in so many genres, that the one cohesive thing that makes my writing different is just that- my written voice. I favor strong dialogue, introspective monologues, cultural quirks and references, tied up with moments of pulp-horror violence, or military precision. As my wife says, “People get to know YOU when they read your writing.” I, uh, hope that’s a good thing.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
This ties in with my answer to #1. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t feel you have to publish soon, or publish every little thing you write. It takes a LOT of work-hours to develop skill, and there’s nothing wrong with waiting until you have a handle on your own work-style, time commitments, and abilities, before you devote yourself to a complex project.
Write when you aren’t inspired. Write when you’re on a deadline. Write when the deadline is months away. Write when you’d rather be taking your wife to a movie, or playing a video game. Inspiration is lovely, but if you chase that unicorn, you’ll have a difficult time developing the work ethic and skill to see your story through to completion.
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels. Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for e-reader, and will soon be available in paperback. Nexus, The Necromancer’s Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years, as well as several short story collections.
Nic’s work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic’s books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit nicolaswilson.com. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
These stories are all my early writing. For about five years, I wrote a story every week, from concept to revisions, just to practice my writing. I have over 100 short stories from this period, even weeding it down to my “best”, that are working their way into collections. This ties into my answer to question #3, because I would advise other aspiring writers to do the same. I was spurred by a desire to practice, and to get better, before I attempted writing full novels.