Good evening everyone I’m pleased to finally share an extract from Wilson Indeed! as part of the Zooloo blog tour.
Before I share my extract here is a little about the book.
Wilson Armitage was just five years old when he started speaking French. Unusual, because at primary school Wilson was still on the foothills of the ABCs. An ascent of Mont Blanc should have been unthinkable, given that he’d never had a French lesson in his life.
His astonished parents looked to Foreign Language Syndrome as an explanation – a rare phenomenon resulting from a head injury. Playground rough and tumble perhaps? Unfortunately, that wouldn’t explain the other incidents.
The fact is, no rational explanation could ever account for Wilson’s talents, because Wilson was able to acquire expertise and knowledge during his night life. He was a Number Eleven, one of a small number of remarkable people who learn through their dreams.
When he meets Daisy Meadowcroft in a dream and then arranges to meet her the next day, in Starbucks, in Manchester, in real life, his cover is blown. Enthralled by their shared gift, an ability to bridge the gap between dreams and reality, they strike up a close friendship and encourage each other to seek a rational explanation for their unique talents.
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Over the course of twelve years, from speaking French at the age of five, Wilson visited The Market Square at least once a week, sometimes for three or four nights in a row.
In the early years, he was drawn to L’École and behind a desk in Class 6a, wearing a blazer with a flaming orange sun embroidered on the pocket, he was introduced to number of languages in which he quickly became adept. It was as though in the course of a dream, Wilson could soak up the steady drip drip of foreign words and then in day light hours, trace the leak back to a full reservoir of vocabulary and grammar. Having dreamed a little, it seemed Wilson knew where to find the lot. In the same way, Wilson mastered a wide variety of other subjects on L ’É cole timetable. By clutching a twig of information during the night, he found it was connected to an entire tree of knowledge when he woke the next day.
Now you’d think living a schizophrenic double life, with all that information crammed inside your head, not to mention the paranoia, self doubt and self identity issues, would drive you crazy.
And why bother going to college when you can learn more at night school?
Well, one reason Wilson was able to maintain an even keel, was because the knowledge acquired during his dreams wasn’t actually stored in his memory; only the links to it. It was as though once Wilson had been given the taster for a particular experience or topic, (the drip drip) the entire subject matter, the reservoir of knowledge was held on file in the equivalent of a data server, a ‘cloud computer’, somewhere beyond the realms of his consciousness. When not logged in to his cloud account, Wilson could concentrate on being himself, with no distractions. But when the need arose, as was the case with the rescue of Sally Bennett, he could tap a key to recall a first aid lesson and thereafter, access an entire Wikipedia of paramedic skills.
The second reason for the level headedness was the fact that although Wilson knew he was abnormal as a teenager, he had no intention of being seen as anything other than completely normal So the self questioning was always put to one side, ignored, avoided, left for on another day, when no doubt the psychiatrist would be called.There’s much to be explained and all will be revealed, but right now, we have to catch up with Wilson, as he is today, almost eighteen and just a few hours away from an unlikely rendezvous and a potentially ‘game changing’ event.
About The Author:
For twenty years Steve Walsh honed his skills in prose as an advertising copywriter; the ‘ideas’ man in a Manchester based marketing agency that carried his name. In the late 1990’s he stumbled into the world of the dotcom entrepreneur and his claim to fame is as the creator of the hotel booking service, laterooms.com and the first car insurance comparison site, easycover.com. So, the birth of Meerkats, a Welsh opera singer and being confused.com might be considered as down to him, for which he apologises. He now uses his vivid imagination and gentle Mancunian wit to write visionary novels with bold concepts. Wilson indeed, the first book in his trilogy The WiFi of Dreams takes the reader on a richly imagined, fact meets fiction adventure story to which we can relate and feel we can touch. A whimsical interrogation of the inexplicable and fundamental tenets of our lives – the role and meaning of dreams, the nature of the hereafter, hard and soft science, a love story – what more can you want? Butterfly Assassins, the second book in the trilogy, will be published in Summer 2021. In a recent survey, 85% of people said yes to the question: “Do you believe there are things out there that science can’t explain?”If you’re one of those 85%, you’ll love The WiFi of Dreams. Born and bred in the north west of England, Steve Walsh has three children and likes to fly fish in his spare time.