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General Information

Name:  Robert Dean Wilson  

Pen Name: C.C. Wills

Genre: Fiction History Mystery

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954 in Urbana, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Urbana, Illinois but grew up in Champaign, Illinois. I worked for 35 yrs for Kraft Foods in Champaign, recently retired and now residing in Danville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

I have now written 6 books total. My first three I call ''THE TREASURE TRILOGY'' and include - ''Treasure in the Shawnee Hills'' which came out in June 2011. It's sequel is ''Shawnee: The Adventure Continues'' which came out in July of 2012 and the third book is ''A Cherokee Wish'' which came out in August of 2013. All three of these books involve treasure hunting and take place in southern Illinois within the Shawnee National Forest. Places mentioned are Garden of the Gods, Shawneetown, Harrisburg, Crenshaw Mansion (old slave house) and others. I am a self-published author working through FriesenPress but have recently established my own publishing company - Grape Creek Publishing. My new book ''Memories'' is the first book published by GCP in both Hardback and Paperback versions. The eBook was put out by Smashwords along with versions of my first 3 books.On November 20th of 2014 I published my 5th and 6th books under my Grape Creek Publishing Company. The 5th book is called ''A Collection of Short Stories by C.C. Wills'' and contains 8 short stories all previously published in eBook versions on Smashwords. The 8 short stories are as follows: '''1) Bite of the Grizzly 2) The Haunted 3) 24 Hours Till Grace 4) Shawnee Wildcat Gold 5) Mama's Fried Chicken 6) Murder in Pounds Hollow 7) Through the Eye and Beyond & 8) The Lottery Ticket'''. This book also contains as an added extra an excerpt from my 2nd book ''Shawnee: The Adventure Continues''. These shorts are written in various forms of fiction genre containing horror, Christian faith healing, adventure, murder and science fiction. My 6th book is called ''Solitude...Portraits of the Lonely'' and is a fiction murder mystery. The book is based on a true story of senior abuse but has within the storyline a fictional murder so I call the story a fictional murder mystery. I wanted to bring the reality of senior abuse to everyone's attention - to realize that it is a reality and very much a part of our society today! More books are in the works!

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Titles At Your Library

Treasure in the Shawnee Hills
ISBN: 1770675779

FriesenPress. 2011

'Treasure in the Shawnee Hills' opens in pre-Civil War Southern Illinois as five riders on horseback come into an Ohio River port to take a gold cache out of the local bank. The five make it out of town with the gold, but the posse is right behind them. Are they able to elude the posse or are they caught and the coins returned? The answer lies up in the Shawnee Hills! Nearly 150 years later, while on a hunting trip with his brother in the Shawnee Hills, a man discovers a gold coin in the midst of a terrible ice storm. Were there more coins to be discovered like the one he found? If so, where did they come from and where could they be? 'Treasure in the Shawnee Hills' takes us on a twisting journey that involves ancestry/genealogy and a connection between 150 years of American history.

Shawnee: The Adventure Continues
ISBN: 1770977112

FriesenPress. 2012

This story is a continuation of Dean's adventures into the unknown. He finds himself once again in the hands of danger while pursuing yet another treasure. Contacted by an unknown relative from southern Illinois, he is drawn back into the same area where he found the gold 10 years earlier, this time in search of a family treasure. Is there really more treasure or could there be something else on his relative's mind? We will learn some of Dean's ancestral history, his roots into the Cherokee bloodline! What lies in store for Dean and his buddy Jack as they enter again into the Shawnee Hills?

A Cherokee Wish
ISBN: 1460224493

FriesenPress. 2013

The saga continues as this third and final addition to the trilogy will show. Dean once again is in pursuit of treasure but what he finds will surprise you. Along the way he will meet yet another family member in spirit form. Who is the distant relative who becomes a part of Dean's life? What happens to the gold Dean was after? Will he survive yet another ordeal at the hands of his distant cousin, J.R.?

ISBN: 0985795719

C.C. Wills. 2014

In the rest of the book are things that happened to me mostly. Each chapter is different, a new experience. Some of what you read will be funny, some happy and joy filled, and some sad. I think there might be a little bit of something in here for everyone. The last chapter is about my uncle's family and the part they played in local / national history. Hope you enjoy one or more of our "Memories".

A Collection of Short Stories by C.C. Wills
ISBN: 0985795743

C.C. Wills. 2014

This is a collection of 8 short stories that fall into several different fiction genres from gruesome horror, ghostly horror, Christian healing, adventure/mystery, murder mystery and science fiction. Should be something in here for most any fiction reader!

Solitude...Portraits of the Lonely
ISBN: 0985795735

C.C. Wills. 2014

This story is about one family's struggles with Senior Abuse. The family is disrupted by an unwanted step-granddaughter who comes to stay with her granddad creating turmoil with the rest of the family. Then trouble prevails when her husband is murdered and the only suspect is her granddad's middle son. Is he found guilt of the crime? Read and find out!

Grandpa Tell Us a Story and Other Short Stories
ISBN: 098579576X

C.C. Wills. 2017

This book contain 14 short stories in all - 8 from the "Grandpa Tell Us A Story" series and then 6 more as individuals. The stories in the "Grandpa" series are titled as such: Story #1 - How Did You Meet Grandma, Story #2 - Have You Ever Been Scared, Story #3 - Have You Ever Shot Anyone, Story #4 - Have You Ever Been Lost, Story #5 - Have You Ever Been To A Drive-in, Story #6 - Were You Ever Sick As A Child, Story #7 - Any Special Moments In The Woods, Story #8 - No Questions For Grandpa This Time. Grandpa answers each one of these questions with a story. The Titles of the remaining 6 stories are: On The Ridge, A New Beginning, The Homestead, Hunting A Spooked Tom, A Walk In The Snow and His First Love.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Contact author at P.O.Box 1635 Danville, IL 61834 e-mail For a list of speaking engagements, go to the ''Book. == Editing ==