_MG_6558You wouldn’t guess from his books that W.A. Fulkerson is as young as he is.  He writes with maturity and the fluency of a writer many years his senior, but that fits the trend for Fulkerson’s life.  He graduated from the University of Southern California, with honors, at age twenty. He will tell you that he always planned on writing books and that his love of writing came from his love of reading- which came from his parents.  Some of his favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, John Donne, and William Shakespeare.

A conversation with Fulkerson and a little bit of prodding will reveal that he draws his inspiration from an incredible array of life experiences.  He has been wrestling and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for many years now, even serving as an assistant wrestling coach at USC for several years.  He has spent time in three continents, run a marathon, swam with sharks, rafted on white water, backpacked over snow-covered peaks, and all in all had quite an adventuresome life.  Fulkerson says that he recalls these experiences when he writes and he intertwines his emotional memory into his characters and descriptions.

Fulkerson has a passion for learning and is always on the hunt for new skills to master, but when asked what his purpose in it all might be, his passion is obvious: “There’s a verse in the Bible that I really like, that means a lot to me. It says that we should do everything with excellence, like we’re doing everything for God. I have a lot of interests and a lot of fields of study, but in whatever I set my hand to, I believe I should be doing it with excellence because God is my audience, and that’s the driving force.” He’s referring to a paraphrase of Colossians, chapter 3, verse 23.  Fulkerson will tell you that he writes because he believes that the world needs to hear stories in a new way, and he loves to tell them.

When asked if he has future novels planned out, he can’t suppress a smile.  It’s obvious that he will be writing deep and stirring fiction for many years to come.