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About Nick Wilgus
I sold my first short story to The Horror Show Magazine at the age of seventeen and I've been writing ever since. Across different genres, from murder mysteries to horror and romantic comedies involving gay dads and their kids, I return over and over to the theme of being othered, of being different, of not fitting in. You will find my books populated by hookers, losers, runaways, kids with special needs, sinners big and small, and even a murderer or two. An award-winning movie was based on my first novel, MINDFULNESS AND MURDER, and I was nominated for a Lambda Award for BILAL'S BREAD.
A former newspaper editor and author of more than a dozen novels and two screenplays, I currently live in a small Mississippi town not far from where Elvis grew up. A single dad, I live with my two sons and our rescued stray, Boggs, who is the most Buddhist dog ever and has never once barked at anyone or anything.
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Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot. No wonder Noah becomes Wiley’s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley’s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire.
Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making.
When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears, but, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.
Father Ananda, an urban monk and former police officer, is summoned from his Bangkok temple to investigate. His search for an explanation is threatened by the escalating polarization within the community around the destruction of the coastal mangroves by fishing trawlers.
As always, Jak, the former temple boy, now a novice, accompanies Father Ananda on his intrepid investigations in this third episode of the Father Ananda mystery series.
When his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn't come back, seven-year-old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged Uncle Henry and Henry's live-in boyfriend, Sam. As this unlikely trio begins to build a new life together, they encounter both support and hostility in the small Mississippi town where they live. Seems like just about everybody has an opinion on the matter -- and they're not shy about expressing it.
While this blossoming little family finds its feet, outside forces—and ghosts from the past—threaten to tear it apart. Henry, still trying to deal with the tragic death of his parents, finds himself hard-pressed to open his heart to this needy child.
Just as a little shine begins to return to their lives, Ishmael's mother returns and their world is thrown into chaos.
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"Having never read any of Nick Wilgus’ previous works, I was overwhelmed with the realness his writing brings through. Days after reading the story, I find myself still reflecting on the message within. While it is set in rural Mississippi, it could be set pretty much anywhere and you will still find people like the characters in the story who aren’t perfect – we all have our flaws, our beliefs, and our differences from others…yet, we can all learn to love one another. If you only read one book this year, this should be the book you read! Highly recommend!" - Joyfully Jay Reviews
"I can’t have enough of Wilgus’ works." - Scattered Thoughts and Rouge Words
Then a tornado blows through the small Mississippi town where Wiley's mother lives, wrecking his mother's house and leaving their lives in disarray. And Jackson's secret drug addiction comes to light, devastating Wiley and Noah. With so many stones in the road, Wiley and Jackson find their dream of becoming a real family falling apart. Though Wiley relies on humor to cope, he'll need something more to keep his happily ever after from slipping away.
Telling the truth might set you free, but only if you’re willing to pay the price.
Growing up gay in rural Michigan at the height of the Cold War has taught Cyrus Hood how to keep quiet—about a lot of things. With his mother gone, he fights to keep his family together and care for his little brother, Charlie, whose developmental problems are another secret Cyrus cannot risk revealing. Add to that an alcoholic and paranoid father, and Cyrus’s life is rapidly falling to pieces even as he’s realizing his feelings for his best friend, Oliver. When things reach their lowest point, it might be Oliver who helps Cyrus find not only his voice but his place in the world and shows him that, when all else fails, love will raise you up.
Difficulties quickly set in. Tony is a sweet boy but very damaged by abuse and neglect. And Tony’s mother, in prison, is unwilling to relinquish her parental rights. No sooner do they get the go ahead to foster Tony when another child they had considered becomes available -- the daughter Jackson always wanted.
With two children on their hands, life is complicated -- wonderfully so. But just as things begin to settle down, Tony, his immune system compromised, falls ill with pneumonia ... and Wiley and Jackson find their little family faced with crisis once again.
As Father Ananda ponders these questions on his alms round the following morning, he is attacked by two Russian men demanding he turn over “the camera.” No camera was found on the body of the murder victim, but Ananda realizes it must contain photographs on the memory card that someone—either in the Russian mafia or the Russian Embassy—desperately wants to keep secret. But, pictures of what? Wrongdoing by the Russian attache´? Or something a bit closer to home for Ananda and his fellow monks?
One thing is clear: The sooner Ananda identifies the curious corpse found at his monastery, the sooner he can catch a killer—a killer that is still very much on the loose.
High school juniors Billy Gunn and Rory Wilder return from a weekend camping trip to find a mysterious plague has wiped out their small town of Port Moss, Mississippi. The question of why is only the beginning—especially when the dead refuse to stay dead.
Figuring out what happened is job one for Billy and Rory. But complications quickly set in. Not only do the dead rise, but a freak storm threatens torrential downpours as winter looms. And enormous ships appear in the sky, bringing with them alien visitors with technology never seen before.
Left without electricity and modern conveniences, Billy and Rory must figure out a way to navigate horrific zombies, advanced alien life forms, and apocalyptic storms, as well as deal with their growing love for each other in a world gone mad.