SUNDAY 19th MAY 2013
I would like to wish a warm welcome to the fabulous James Wilcox, author to Miracle Child.
James P. Wilcox is the author of Miracle Child, two novels – Sex, Lies, and the Classroom and The M-16 Agenda – and Musings of a Particular Bear: A Poetry Collection. James, a former newspaper photographer and writer, is currently a high school teacher in the Kansas City area, where he lives with his wife and three children.
He wasn’t expected to make it through the night.
This is Nathanial’s story of his five month journey to survive, and how he touched the hearts of everyone who cared for him. This is the story of how one family managed to overcome tragedy and despair, to find a renewed faith in each other and in God.
A miracle child?
Now let’s get cosy and meet James Wilcox …
Hi James and welcome! It’s great to have you here.
Thanks so much for having me.
Where did the inspiration behind Miracle Child come from?
Miracle Child is the true story of my son’s five month journey in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. My son was a 24 week preemie (he was due on St. Patrick’s Day, but was born on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving) and Miracle Child chronicles the anger, frustration, and fear, as well as the love, hopes and faith my wife and I experience during those five months. It is the story of immense love and the battle for life.
Miracle Child is about me and my family and is the most personal book I have written to date. Obviously, Miracle Child covers an extremely stressful time in my life, a time when I wasn’t always at my best, and at times it was difficult to share my thoughts and feelings, but I think it is an important story to share. All of my other books are fiction, and much less personal.
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?
Rabbit, Run by John Updike started it all. I had dreamed of being an author for years, but it wasn’t until I finished reading Rabbit, Run that I finally decided it was time to try my hand at writing a novel. I don’t claim to be the next John Updike, but his quirky story of an “average guy” struggling to find his place in the world resonated with me, as did his beautiful use of simple language to tell his story. Rabbit, Run really illustrated that the key to a good book is strong characters and a compelling story, not necessarily “flowery prose” and a “masterful” use of language.
As the father of three young children, a husband, a high school Social Studies teacher, Scout leader, and every other “title” I carry, I don’t really have writing time to organise. I simply write when I can carve out time to write. I wish I had more structure and more organization, but I simply don’t know from one day to the next whether I am going to have time to write each day or not. When I do find some time, I try to scratch out as many sentences as I can. Believe it or not, this is why I am usually working on more than one book at a time. I simply don’t have time for writers block. I find that if I am working on more than one book at a time, if I am stuck on one story, I usually am not on one of the others.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?
I can write just about anywhere. I write in the car, sitting on the bleachers at baseball or basketball practice, sitting in a camp chair at soccer, anywhere I have a few free moments to write. Ideally, I would prefer sitting at my desk with the laptop, by myself, but that doesn’t happen very often.
One thing that not many people know about me is the fact that I have always wanted to be a musician. As much as I love being a writer and a teacher, I was wanted to play the guitar and be in a band. Growing up, I never had the opportunity to pursue this dream, but now that my oldest son is taking guitar lessons, I am trying to learn to play with him.
Thank you for being here today James.
~Where to find James Wilcox~
- Cuppa and a Catch up – An Author Interview with … John Mulhall (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with … Lori Verni-Fogarsi (missuswolf.wordpress.com)
- Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with … Nora Garcia (missuswolf.wordpress.com)