Wilson is a 1999 graduate of New Saint Andrews College, and holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College. The son of Calvinist minister Douglas Wilson and author Nancy Wilson, Wilson is professor of classical rhetoric at New Saint Andrews College and serves as the managing editor for Credenda/Agenda magazine. He and his wife have five children.
Wilson has authored several books in a variety of genres: two parodies of the Left Behind series...Right Behind (ISBN 978-1885767875) and Supergeddon (ISBN 978-1591280132); four novels for young readers...Leepike Ridge (ISBN 978-0375838736) and The 100 Cupboards trilogy, 100 Cupboards (ISBN 978-0375838811), Dandelion Fire (ISBN 978-0375838835), and The Chestnut King (ISBN 978-0375938850); two children's books...The Dragon and the Garden (ISBN 978-1591280446) and In the Time of Noah (ISBN 978-1591280453); and a nonfiction book...Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl (ISBN 978-0849920073).
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. Wilson's mythical milieu includes significant Arthurian influence, both from Geoffrey of Monmouth (Wilson has a character by that name) and Spencer's Faerie Queene. Wilson is also admittedly influenced by Scottish fairy tales from Robert Kirk and Sir Walter Scott. Feature film rights to the trilogy have been acquired by Beloved Pictures.
The first volume in another Wilson series, The Ashtown Burials, has an expected publication date of 2010. Three Smiths is the story of siblings Cyrus, Antigone, and Daniel, who become involved in a secret society after their parents' hotel burns down.
Wilson has been tapped to write the screenplay for a film adaptation of C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce, slated for release in 2011.
Wilson's short fiction and prose have been published in Credenda/Agenda, the Chattahoochee Review, the Esquire napkin project, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.
In 2005, 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, and in doing so, "caused some uproar in the Shroud of Turin world."