N. D. Wilson

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N. D. Wilson
BornNathan David Wilson
1978 (age 40–41)
Moscow, Idaho, U.S.
GenreYoung adult fiction, Children's literature, Apologetics
Notable works100 Cupboards Trilogy
Leepike Ridge
Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl
SpouseHeather Wilson

Nathan David Wilson (born 1978) is an American author of young adult fiction.[1]


Wilson is the son of Calvinist minister Douglas Wilson and author Nancy Wilson. In sixth grade, Wilson decided that he wanted to become a writer, but he did not do any lengthy fiction writing until some years later.[2] Wilson graduated from New Saint Andrews College in 1999. He studied theology through Liberty University from 1999 to 2000, and he received a master's degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in 2001.[3]

During his graduate studies, Wilson began to work seriously toward writing children's fantasy. Of his first (unpublished) novel, "The Seventh Sneeze," he would later joke, "The title was the best thing about it." Wilson abandoned that project and launched a second attempt, which would ultimately become his 100 Cupboards series.[2]

Wilson began teaching at New Saint Andrews College as an adjunct professor in 2001. In 2005, he was named a Fellow of Literature at the college.[3] The same year, Wilson announced in Books & Culture magazine that he had made a near-duplicate of the Shroud of Turin image by exposing dark linen to the sun for ten days under a sheet of glass on which a positive mask had been painted,[4][5] and in doing so, "caused some uproar in the Shroud of Turin world."[6]

Along with writing and teaching, Wilson currently serves as the managing editor for Credenda/Agenda magazine.[3]

Wilson is married. He and his wife Heather [3] have five children.[7]

In 2017, Wilson underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.[8]


Much of Wilson's fictional writing is characterized by its creative allusions to classic literature. Leepike Ridge uses themes from The Odyssey, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and King Solomon's Mines, while the 100 Cupboards series was influenced by the King Arthur stories, both as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth and by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene, and fairy tales from Robert Kirk and Sir Walter Scott.[9] The Ashtown Burials series includes many historical and mythological characters (including Gilgamesh), and the first book in that series, The Dragon's Tooth, refigures elements from the opening chapters of Treasure Island. Boys of Blur, meanwhile, mirrors Beowulf—despite being set in the Florida Everglades.


Wilson's 100 Cupboards trilogy, published by Yearling, is the story of Henry York, a boy who finds his way to other worlds through the cupboards in the attic of his uncle's Kansas house. Feature film rights to the trilogy have been acquired by Beloved Pictures.[10]

The first volume in another Wilson series, The Ashtown Burials, was released in August 2011. The Dragon's Tooth is the story of orphaned siblings Cyrus, Antigone, and Daniel, who become involved in a secret society of explorers after their late parents' motel burns down. The second and third books in the series, "The Drowned Vault" and "Empire of Bones," continue their story, describing Cyrus, Antigone, and Daniel's struggle against two sets of villains—invincible transmortals on one hand and a demented genetic engineer on the other. The series will comprise five novels.[11]


A "bookumentary" film adaptation of Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, narrated by Wilson, was released on DVD in 2011.[12]

In 2010 Wilson was named screenwriter for a film adaptation of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce, originally slated for release in 2013.[13] The adaptation remains in development.[14]

N.D. Wilson also wrote and filmed a movie called The River Thief. The movie was released to theaters in 2016, starring Joel Courtney.

Other writings[edit]

Wilson's short fiction and prose have been published in Credenda/Agenda, the Chattahoochee Review, the Esquire napkin project,[15] Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.

Critical reception[edit]

Wilson's writings have received mostly positive reviews. Kirkus Reviews said of The 100 Cupboards, "Wilson’s writing is fantastical, but works with clever sentences and turns of phrase that render it more than just another rote fantasy."[16]


100 Cupboards series[edit]

  • Wilson, ND (2007), 100 Cupboards, 100 Cupboards, Random House, ISBN 978-0-375-83881-1.
  • ——— (2009), Dandelion Fire, 100 Cupboards, Random House, ISBN 978-0-375-83883-5.
  • ——— (2011), The Chestnut King, 100 Cupboards, Random House, ISBN 978-0-375-83886-6.
  • ——— (2017), The Door Before, 100 Cupboards, Random House, ISBN 978-044-9-81677-6.

Ashtown Burials series[edit]

Outlaws of Time series[edit]

Other children's fiction[edit]

Christian apologetics[edit]


Picture books[edit]



  1. ^ "N. D. Wilson". WorldCat. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b "100 Cupboards' Writer Discusses Secret Doors and Hints at the End of the Series", Washington Post, 2009
  3. ^ a b c d N. D. Wilson (faculty bio), New Saint Andrews
  4. ^ "CT library", Books & Culture, 2005.
  5. ^ Shadow shroud.
  6. ^ Spokesman review.
  7. ^ "Bio - NDW". ndwilson.com. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  8. ^ Ong, Czarina Nicole (21 April 2017). "Christian Author Diagnosed With Brain Tumor Still Praises God as 'Good' and 'Faithful'". Christian Post. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  9. ^ ND Wilson (World Wide Web log).
  10. ^ McNary, David ‘Dave’ (24 June 2010). "Beloved opens 'Cupboards'". Variety.
  11. ^ Dragon’s tooth, World cat.
  12. ^ Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, archived from the original on 2011-04-26.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (22 June 2010). "Producers wed for 'Divorce' fantasy". Variety.
  14. ^ IMDb.
  15. ^ "Fiction", Esquire.
  16. ^ "The 100 Cupboards", Kirkus Reviews, 26 December 2007

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