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 its suburbs. Later, Wilson 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 Advertising Sales Management Team.
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, and 28 TV and motion picture screenplays. 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. This book received high commendation from Harvard University and a number of Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs). The book features over 1100 African American inventors. He has also invented, patented, developed and successfully marketed The Flying Saucer Toy.
Wilson continues his free lance writing and has recently researched and developed an economic plan to revitalize the City of Detroit and the entire Metro Detroit Region. He lives with his wife, Jane, in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.