"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me." ~Erma Bombeck~
Born to blue-collar parents just before THE War.
High school and college educated, with some post grad credits in education
Forced retirement to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas in 2004, but it was worth it!
Sing, write, coach, direct, sew, knit and volunteer in my spare time ... and watch the 'critters' parade past our bay window. HAVE TO write!
Retirement and a desire for a warmer climate, and the opportunity to live closer to one of my daughters, prompted me to move to the Village in October 2010 from the Madison, Wisconsin area. Before living in Madison, I lived in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, with a couple of years spent in Ozark County, Missouri. My writing has been mostly non-fiction material such as articles for genealogy newsletters, a women’s labor history newsletter, and memories of my past life.
In the interest of broadening my horizons I’ve also taken courses in creative fiction writing and have attended writing seminars and workshops in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. In 2012 my story “The Cherry Tree” was one of those selected in the Short Story Competition sponsored by the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center. Recently I was honored to have a family history article published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (Volume 144, Number 3, July 2013). The article puts to rest the earlier date of death incorrectly connected to my Dutch ancestor, Adam Hendrickse Vrooman, and explores the most likely burial site of Adam and his wife, Anna Mebie Vrooman. [These are my 5thgreat-grandparents on Dad’s side of the family]. Information in the article provides source data for other descendants of this couple wishing to prove their lineage.
I'm involved in the Village Camera Club, enjoy art museums, classical, jazz, and blues music, and traveling in the states and abroad.
A guy who's always enjoyed folk music quite alot, but who's been enjoying more and more as I get older. I'm a writer, but not one who considers himself a pro; only a willing learner. I write poetry, short fiction, and longer fiction (in progress). My politics don't necessarily fit in well with the Village, but I'm of the mind that people can be friends regardless of their political, religious, or social viewpoints, provided they are not practicing bigots.
Madelyn F. Young
I’m a retired elementary teacher and school administrator, but I've always enjoyed writing stories. After moving to the Village in 2003, I became an active member of Village Writers’ Club. I owe much of what I’ve learned about the craft of writing to the helpful feedback I've received from my colleagues in our club’s critique groups.
My work has appeared in the on-line magazine Persimmon Tree, the print publication Storyteller, and I presented one of my memoir stories on the internationally syndicated public radio show Tales from the South.
My 2012 collection, Views from an Empty Nest: Award-Winning Tales Written after Fifty, includes twenty fiction short stories and eleven nonfiction memoirs.
Readers may also connect with me and read more about my book by visiting my blog: www.southernstorylady.wordpress.com
A retired university professor (Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff), Suzanne Bratcher, PhD has published numerous professional articles and two textbooks about teaching writing. She has also published short stories and poetry in a variety of journals and online magazines. Since leaving teaching, Suzanne has been writing romantic suspense for the Christian market. Her agent, Jim Hart, is pursuing publication for her three completed novels: The Copper Box, Kokopelli’s Song, and Guardians of the Canyon.
On her blog, TwitterBible, she and guest writers reflect on one scripture verse each week. To learn more about Suzanne and her writing, visit her webpage at www.suzannebratcher.com. You can find her on Facebook at authorsuzannebratcher. Follow her on Twitter @AuthorBratcher.