Donald Claude Wilson was born on the lower west side in Detroit, Michigan. The last in a family of nine children, he was the vaunted seventh son. Wilson began a long history of creativity at only seven years old, drawing and writing his own comic strips on art paper. He went to school in the Detroit public school system, attending Northwestern High School and Wayne State University. He served in the US Army as a guided missile instructor and became a highly classified member of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
After leaving the army, Wilson developed and published the first City of Detroit magazine entitled, The Spirit of Detroit. The integrated magazine covered current politics, local issues, society, sports, entertainment and local news for and about Detroit and suburbs. Wilson later joined the advertising staff of the country’s number one evening newspaper, The Detroit News, where he worked for fifteen years as an advertising account executive and became the first African American to be promoted to the position of an Advertising Sales Manager.
Later, Wilson was appointed by the Mayor of Detroit to the post of Director of Public Information. At that time Detroit was in dire need for a change of its negative image in order to attract new businesses and tourists. Wilson immediately set about running a series of ads and promotions on local television, radio and in both major daily newspapers. The following year Detroit won the national award for a major US city improving its image. Wilson left the city and began a career as a real estate broker and free lance writer.
A prolific scribe, Donald Wilson has had several short stories and articles published in magazines. His first novel, The Strange and Mysterious Visitors, was self-published in hard cover in 1984. He has written five novels, several television series, several episodes for the ABC soap series, One Life To Live, thirty TV and motion picture screenplays and two television documentaries. His latest novel, The Winds Of Tomorrow, was self-published in 1995 with a second edition self-published in 2003. Wilson and his wife, Jane, just completed a non-fiction book entitled, The Pride of African American History, a book that features over 1100 African American inventors that was authenticated by the U.S. Patent Offices. He has also invented, patented, developed and successfully marketed The Flying Saucer Toy. In addition, Wilson has also invented The Magic Belt and The Galaxy Board Game...
It is because of his extensive background in newspaper advertising and City of Detroit politics that Donald Wilson feels he is qualified to write The Winds Of Tomorrow. The storyline in the novel features the newspaper profession and politics. Wilson has written this story as a 1-hour TV series, a 2-hour pilot and 17 one hour episodes and as a TV miniseries.