Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult
Troy Wilson was born and raised in Port Alberni, B.C. As a kid, his three favourite activities were reading, writing, and cartooning. "As long as I had a steady supply of food, books, comics, paper and pens I was as happy as a colt in clover." He has worked as a burger flipper, a private in the army, a gas jockey, a page at the Vancouver Island Regional Library headquarters, a daycare worker, a summer camp counsellor, an internet skills trainer, a radio dj/producer, a respite care worker and a market survey taker. He studied at Malaspina University College, but 'ran aground' when he transferred to UVIC. He has taken retail sales, food safety, and marine safety courses. He also completed the BEST Program (life/career direction) and the Applied Communication Program (video, publishing, and audio), both through Camosun College. Near the end of 2000, he put pen to paper again. By the end of 2001, he'd won third place in the Victoria School of Writing's Postcard Fiction Competition, published his first column in Victoria's Monday Magazine, and signed a contract with Orca Books for his first picture book for chidren, titled Perfect Man. Perfect Man is about a boy named Michael and a superhero who appears as a classroom teacher. "It is, in many ways, my own story," says Troy. "I was Michael. My Perfect man was comic books. I read the comics. I neglected my power. I learned the lesson. These days I still love comics, but I don't neglect my own super power, writing." Since Perfect Man, Troy has written several more Last Word pieces for Monday Magazine. His work has also aired on CBC Radio and appeared in the Times-Colonist. Illustrated by Dean Griffiths, Frosty is a Stupid Name (Orca 2005) is set in a trailer park.
DATE OF BIRTH: June 4, 1970
PLACE OF BIRTH: Port Alberni, BC
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Customer Sales and Service Agent (BC Ferries)
Perfect Man (Orca Books, 2004)
Frosty is a Stupid Name (Orca Books, 2005)
[BCBW 2004] "Kidlit"