About the Writer

J.T. Wilder, educator and writer, sits for an interview for the blog, Write It Out.

It’s a pleasure to talk to you today, Mr. Wilder. I look forward to learning more about you and your writing.

Thanks, Jeff. I’m glad you could make it.

Of course! So, tell us a little about yourself.

I’d rather not.

What do you mean?

I mean, I’d rather not tell you about myself.

Okay, well, this is what you brought me in for, right?

Yes. I invited you here because I’d rather not talk about myself. The fact that I’m reticent is why you’re here. 

I see. Alright then, J.T. – let’s start with the initials. What do they stand for?

My first and middle name, which I’d rather not share.

Sure. Of course… So, I understand you don’t write for a living. What do you do to sustain yourself when you’re not writing?

I teach.

Wonderful! That must be exhilarating! What do you teach?

I’d rather not talk about work.

Uh-huh. You do realize that in order for this to work, you have to give me a little more than that.

No. You just need to ask follow up questions.

With respect, I did. You dodged.

…Fine. I teach people how to think; that’s what I teach.

Ah, right. Good one. Maybe a new topic. Why start a blog?

I’m a writer.

J.T., look – I understand you’re uncomfortable. If you want to end this, that’s not a problem. I have other things to do. So, can you give me what we’re both looking for, or should we move on.

Sorry… Go on.

Why start a blog?

I had a teacher in high school tell me I had a gift. There was something about my stories that moved her – said she’d be looking for my book. Now, as a teacher, I know she was probably shoveling shit to keep me writing. Worked, I guess.

You know, this was a mistake. I appreciate your coming down here. I left a check for you on the table next to the door. You can grab it on the way out. It’s for the whole hour.

Yeah. Okay. Good luck with the blog then.

Thanks and thanks again for coming.