Willcott has four degrees from the University of Texas, including a Ph.D. in foreign language education and a law degree.
He has been a regular contributor of commentaries and other material to North Country Public Radio.Some of them can be heard here. He is an award-winning retired columnist with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. In 2007 a radio play adaptation of his novella, A Franklin Manor Christmas, was performed before a live audience at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY.
He has lived in Baghdad, Amman, Tehran, London, Hong Kong, Zurich, Washington, D.C,.,New York and elsewhere. In September, 2017, he and his wife Ann sold the former monastery/tuberculosis sanatorium in Saranac Lake, New York, where they had been living for several years. They now live in New York City.