Boys of Blur Trifecta: Interview with N.D. Wilson

Happy Trifecta Tuesday! Today Watch.Connect.Read., Nerdy Book Club, and sharpread are celebrating N.D. Wilson’s Boys of Blur.

Check out the trailer with Mr. Schu.


Now head over to Nerdy Book Club to read Nathan David Wilson’s Nerdy essay.

nerdy monster

My turn! Below you will find my 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, interview with Mr. Wilson. Enjoy!

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

  • 1 question with 5 sentences
  • 1 question with 4 sentences
  • 1 question with 3 sentences
  • 1 question with 2 sentences
  • 1 question with 1 sentence

1. Can you tell us a little bit about Boys of Blur?

Boys of Blur was first inspired (many years ago) by an old rumor in the football world that the Florida boys around Lake Okeechobee were the fastest in the country because they grew up chasing rabbits during the sugarcane harvest. I started working on a story idea then, but it didn’t really go anywhere until I was invited to Florida by the Barbara Bush Foundation for an event promoting literacy. Once I tasted the air and texture of that place, I had to go back and seriously dive into creating the story that eventually became Boys of Blur. The tale is inspired by the earthy roughness of that place, by the heroic code of football blended with the struggles and adventures of Beowulf, and by the overwhelming sense of fantasticalotherness that I felt when I was walking between gator-filled canals and burning fields of sugarcane.


2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

As a writer, my duty is to daydream. My job is to wonder what if, and then push the consequences of that wondering into the concrete corners of a narrative. A cook feeds bellies and bodies, but I get to feed imaginations and souls. I spend my days chewing phrases and words and rhythms and I am frequently more productive asleep than awake. It is my joy and my privilege to widen eyes.

3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer? 

Writing. For hours. Daily.

 4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick? 

I would love to witness the first wizard duel in all of literature, so take me to ancient Egypt and let me watch Moses square off with the magicians in Pharoah’s court. And then bring me back here immediately, because I prefer this world to any other, and this now to every elsewhen

5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?

Don’t fear failure, opinions, or your own inabilities–we human’s must be bad at something before we can be good.



2 thoughts on “Boys of Blur Trifecta: Interview with N.D. Wilson

  1. Nathan, I LOVE your comments on the favorite/worst things about writing and your advice to young writers, Wonderful stufff. Thank you, Nathan and Colby 🙂 Now scooting over to part 2 with John ———–>


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