Made in America

Author Spotlight: Moses Wilson III

Name: Moses Wilson III

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Book: The Road to Knowledge

Genre: Fiction

  1. Describe your book. In my book, The Road to Knowledge, the road means life, and knowledge means wisdom, and wisdom is something that every child can achieve.
  2. What made you want to write your book? I wanted to teach and prepare my grandchildren for life.
  3. How long did it take you to write your book? It took me about nine months.
  4. How do you choose the names of your characters? When I did my research on the Gullah People, I came across many different names, out of which I randomly chose names that I felt had an African sound.
  5. What do you do when you have writer’s block? I stop writing and try to relax, pray or meditate. Then, when I feel spiritually connected to my creature, I will begin or start writing all over again.
  6. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? My favorite part of the story was when Tamba was on his own and had to draw strength from within. Out of this, his character and life skills came to be his parents’ teachers on life.
  7. If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why? 
    1. One character from your book:  Tamba because he is on the road to knowledge, a place where the highest form of knowledge is wisdom.
    2. One fictional character: Beast, from Beauty and the Beast, because his beauty comes from inside and I believe that it would show on the outside in him being loving and caring.
    3. One famous person: W.E.B. Du Bois because he was before Dr. King and did lots of research to help him lead black people to freedom, starting with the NAACP.
  8. Besides writing, what are your other interests? Bible study, watching sports, walking, working for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and feeding homeless people.
  9. Do you keep a journal? No.
  10. How did you celebrate the publishing of your book? The first thing I did was call my daughter, who told my son-in-law and grandchildren. I heard their excitement and felt joy, which will last me a lifetime.
  11. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters? The title characters would be Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. They are good actors who would compliment my work on African-American culture.
  12. What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing? Whenever I needed help, someone was always there to answer my question or help me understand and teach me how the publishing company works.
  13. Five favorite books of all time?  The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Dick Gregory’s Life Story, Any Poetry Books, Chief Joseph Story, African-American History.
  14. One sentence of advice for other writers?  Use the staff at Dorrance to learn all you can about publishing your book. They are true professionals.


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