By Kristine Meggenberg
Special to The Sun
The oil bust during the eighties caused geologist and author Eric Wilder to pick-up a pen and renew his love for writing after 20 years.
Wilder began writing several short stories his freshman year in collage but 20 years passed before the writing bug returned. Since then Wilder has written 70 short stories and six novels. His latest novel is “Primal Creatures,” the third book in his French Quarter mystery series.
Wilder is currently a resident in Edmond, but grew up in Louisiana so there is a Cajun influence in his writing. The inspiration behind “Primal Creatures” was the impact Wilder felt by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
“I wanted to write something about the south Louisiana wetlands where an area as large as a football field disappears into the Gulf of Mexico every day,” Wilder said. “Primal Creatures takes the readers to a place they will likely never see in person. While the book is purely for entertainment and has no dire ecological message, it’s my hope the readers will think fondly and respond favorably if they ever have a chance to make a positive impact on the area.”
“Primal Creatures” is based 40 miles south of New Orleans, on Goose Island. It is about a heinous death that occurs on the island. A movie producer hires French Quarter’s favorite sleuth to find out who killed the victim. Main character, Wyatt Thomas, will have his own life threatened and a deadly hurricane will occur.
“Primal Creatures” took Wilder seven months to write.
“Sometimes it takes longer to find your muse than to actually write the book once inspiration strikes,” he said.
Wilder is a petroleum geologist in a two-man oil company. He and his business partner, a petroleum engineer and lawyer, are both published authors.
“On business trips, we often find ourselves discussing writing as much as oil and gas,” Wilder said. “We’ve also both written screenplays.”
Wilder is an entrepreneur and started his own publishing company called Gondwana Press LLC. Gondwana has published only one book by an author other than Wilder. “Lost on Route 66” is a collection of poems, essays and short stories about the fabled mother road, from a collection of 20 authors.
PRIMAL CREATURES is currently available on www.amazon.com, www.smashwords.com and www.barnesandnoble.com for $4.99. For more information on Wilder, visit www.ericwilder.com.