Taking Walks Where the Wild Things Are

(Warning: the following info is on my author page. But in case you haven’t gone back to that page, thought I’d share.)

 Author bio, Bronwyn Wilson

Missionary to the coffee-deprived; seeker of humor in everyday life; slave to two cats; passionate gardener, writer, traveler, shoe-shopper, lover of walks where the wild things are, like egrets and great blue herons.

 

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. feels like wandering inside a beautiful painting. My favorite spot in the world.

A visit to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. feels like wandering inside a beautiful painting. My favorite spot in the world.

 How my life calling as a writer began:

I wrote my first novel in the fourth grade, an edge-of-your seat story titled, When Baby Goes A Strollering. I stole the title from a magazine advertisement. My story opens with 10-year-old cub scouts hiking past a house and suddenly noticing flames spewing from the windows. With no concern of their cub scout uniforms getting singed, the twins sprint into the burning home and rescue a baby girl. My paperback novel had a cover made of construction paper with magazine cut-out illustrations. I never sent it to a publisher or showed it to anyone other than my mom, (and so the world missed out on this, my first literary work).

While still in the fourth grade, I knew I would pursue a writing life the day my classmate Janine Kallenberger said to me with an air of confidence, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a great author!” I couldn’t let her comment go without a response, so I said, “Me too.”

Before I deciding on my life calling as a writer, I wanted to be a cowgirl. At six-years-old, I wore this cowgirl outfit with sheer joy.

Before deciding on my life calling as a writer, I wanted to be a cowgirl. At six-years-old, I wore this cowgirl outfit with sheer, ecstatic joy.

The greatest influence in my life:

My mother, Beverley, instilled in me a joy for words. She encouraged my writing and reading. She prepped me for my weekly spelling tests. When I think back, I see her in my mind…she faced the bathroom mirror while winding her hair in black, brush rollers. During the curler-setting process, she called out my spelling words. “Electricity,” she said. I stood at the open bathroom door and sputtered, “E-l-e (pause)-(um)-k?-t-r-i-c-i-t-y.” Mom would say, “Nope, try again.” And I did until I got it right.

 

My mom, 17, posing in her prom dress. I'm sure she's thinking of her handsome date, whoever that was.

My mom, 17, posing in her beautiful prom dress. I’m sure she’s thinking of her handsome date, whoever that was.

Place I recommend for sponsoring a child who lives in poverty:

Compassion International

 

When you sponsor a child who lives in poverty in a foreign country, they send you letters that brighten your day.

When you sponsor a child who lives in poverty in a foreign country, they send you letters that brighten your day.

 

Favorite places in the world:

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.; Merced River in Yosemite National Park (drifting the rapids atop an air mattress); Tuscany; Maui; The Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland; Every library everywhere; Wild Iris Coffee House in Prescott, Arizona, and the San Juan Islands in Washington state.

The Wild Iris Coffee House in Prescott, Arizona makes a mean Mexican coffee with chocolate and hot chili pepper.

The Wild Iris Coffee House in Prescott, Arizona makes a mean Mexican coffee with chocolate and hot chili pepper.

Favorite places in Phoenix:

The Desert Botanical Garden; Phoenix Zoo; The Arizona Biltmore resort; Liberty Market (which is a restaurant in a 1930s grocery store with too-die-for pancakes on the menu).

Giraffes are so gentle and they smile.

Giraffes are so gentle…and they smile.

Favorite books:

Doing Life Differently by Luci Swindoll; The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom; just about every book Anne Lamott has written.

Anne Lamott writes poignant stories with insight and humor. She makes me laugh out loud.

Anne Lamott writes poignant stories with insight and humor. She makes me laugh out loud.

Favorite blog:

Mine, of course!

Favorite coffee:

Allegro Italian roast (at Whole Foods).

Best coffee I ever had:

At the Sooke Harbour House in Sooke, B.C. and all coffee anywhere in Italy.

Chapter in a book that changed my life:

Romans 12 in the Bible.

The person I can always count on to listen to me, who has my back, who gives me his time and loves me~even the times when he doesn’t feel like it:

Machine-Man, also known as my husband Jerry.

Three men whose sense of humor I adore:

My son (who must remain nameless) and my nephew Don. I’m smiling just thinking of these two and their entertaining humor. And Machine-Man’s funny notes, which I never know where they will appear or when−sometimes they show up in the refrigerator.

My reason for writing a blog:

Cheap therapy 🙂

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