Interview with Trevor Wilson

Trevor WilsonName: Trevor Wilson

Date of birth: 23 December 1926

Place of birth: Roxburgh

Now living in: Rotorua

What is your favourite food?

Baked potato

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?


What was your most embarrassing moment?

Spilling cream down the front of my shirt at a teenage party.

How do you relax?

Gardening, playing bowls, fishing, running, crossword puzzles, reading.

Who inspired you when you were little?

My school teachers.

What were you like at school?

Reasonably good.

What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?

Favourites: writing stories, reading, sports.

Least liked: music.

What was the book you most loved as a child?

Bevis: the story of a boy by Richard Jefferies.

Which person from the past would you most like to meet?

My great, great grandfather.

Who is your favourite author/children’s author?

Adult author: Cecilia Holland

Children’s author: Roald Dahl

Why did you want to be a writer?

I have never wanted to be a writer. It has just happened.

Do you have a special place where you write your books?

For many years I wrote at the kitchen table from 5 am – 7 am. Now I have a small office but still write from 5 am – 7 am.

What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?

Best: having one’s latest story accepted.

Worst: being rejected again… and again.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?

A painter.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Keep trying and write every day. Don’t wait for inspiration.

Read a short story online by Trevor Wilson
Read some books by Trevor Wilson

This interview is from 2002.

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