Author K.D. Wilson tells us about his life and the next installment for his critically acclaimed book series “The Slurpee Chronicles”.
The Slurpee Chronicles tells the story of La’Darious a.k.a “Slurpee”, a young man struggling with his sexuality in the urban community. The series touches on subjects of the underground world of gay men as well as love and acceptance. Since wrapping up the first installment, Wilson is planning on creating the second book very soon.
Wilson first started writing the series after making a blog post the night before his birthday, asking his readers for their opinion on whether or not he should write a book. After posting the first excerpt on his Facebook page and from the encouragement of his followers, he started writing the his first of many books to come. Being a natural born story-teller, and having been a fan of the late E. Lynn Harris and gay urban literature, writing this series was something that “came naturally” to him said Wilson.
My mother always told me I was telling stories [laughs] . It just came natural and I just took that and ran with it with this book. It was so easy for me to write. It makes you feel like you’re in the person’s face, like you’re living as that person in that moment at that time. It [the book] captivates you, it sucks you in, it makes you want more.
Wilson was always aware of his attraction to men but didn’t start exploring it until his teen years. Growing up gay in Dallas, Texas also made it difficult for Wilson as he was trying to find a balance between his masculinity and his homosexuality.
Being gay in the inner city is frowned upon. You had to do these “manly things” and for anybody to stray away from that you’re a total outsider. I had to balance that while being gay and maintaining my masculinity.
Wilson is also a United States Navy Veteran. Having served his country for nine years, he has lived in Japan, Italy, Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally wanting to go to college, Wilson was forced to join by his mother after going to visit his sister at a ROTC recruitment event.
My two older sisters were in the military, one happen to be a recruiter for the Navy. We went to her job one day to go visit her and then my mom said “go take the test” and I was like “girl, what are you talkin’ about?”. I wanted to go to college and be with my friends but I quickly learned I’m glad I did go to the Navy because I grew up a lot faster I’m in a totally different space than they are.
You can expect the next book to come out very soon.