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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Danville writer favors Shawnee region for his novels

  • Gold nuggets and coins are the treasure found in CC Wills' three books of fiction titled "The Treasure Trilogy." The Danville writer's real name is Robert Wilson. He and his publisher believed that his name is too common and could be confused with other published writers. So he became CC Wills.
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  • Gold nuggets and coins are the treasure found in CC Wills' three books of fiction titled "The Treasure Trilogy."
    The Danville writer's real name is Robert Wilson. He and his publisher believed that his name is too common and could be confused with other published writers. So he became CC Wills.
    "It is the initials of my two daughter's first names and a shortened version of my last name," he said.
    Wilson has just published the third book of the trilogy. It is titled, "A Cherokee Wish." It is fiction based in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois. Some of the story is historical and some of it present day.
    Wilson admired his father’s storytelling ability and set out to see if he could spin a yarn as well as his Dad. "My dad didn't write but he could keep his audience interested. I am hoping to do that too," he said.
    CC Wills proves in the first chapter of his third book that he knows how to set up a story.
    "My mom always encouraged me to read. I, however, had trouble with my eyes and headaches and didn't really follow the advice. My grandmother used to tell me to go read a book when I was a pestering child. They both had an influence on my adult reading behavior. I think my grandmother had a longing to write also."
    Having time to write was an issue until Wilson retired.
    "I started developing the plot and characters of my trilogy in 2008. I wrote it after I retired in 2010. It took only a few months to write the first one. The second one was completed in a few month also,” he said.
    "My wife likes my third book best of the three. I have two others in the planning stages. The trilogy is complete. The fourth book is a collection of family memories.
    The fifth book is about elder abuse.”
    The publisher has made the book available in paperback and hard cover editions.
    There is a Kindle version and a Nook Version.
    "I grew to love the Shawnee Forest when my father took me deer hunting there as a child. My wife and I camped there when we were young. I love nature. Coming from Champaign I really appreciated the hills down here," he said.
    He likes to build his characters through their actions and words.
    "You get to know them by the way they treat other people. The main character is mostly me. That character's buddy is a fictional creation," he said.
    "I agree that the more you write, the better you get at it. I have had no training since high school."
    Page 2 of 2 - CC Wills will be at the Harrisburg Library for book signings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 5 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6.
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