I am a farm wife, writer, teacher, runner, mother, and grandmother. Although I grew up along the I-5 corridor in Washington State, I have spent the past 40 years amid the rolling hills of the Palouse. These hills are home to some of the most productive dry land farms in the United States. My husband, Bruce, and I own and operate a family farm along the Washington-Idaho border. We are in the process of transitioning the operation to the 5th generation now living on the home place.
As a teacher, I had the unique opportunity to work at a variety of levels from preschool to high school, most of it in the same rural district. During my career I earned my master’s in elementary education, an endorsement in English and Language Arts, and in 2004 my National Board Certification in English and Language Arts, Adolescence and Young Adult. While teaching high school, I attended the Northwest Inland Writing Project’s summer institute and worked with their teachers teaching teachers in-service program.
Since retiring several years ago, I divide my time between writing and the farm business. I write primarily about rural and farm life for children and adults. Two years ago, my children’s story, Maynard Finds a Home, about a magpie who loved to sing, was put to music by the Spokane Youth Symphony and preformed as a dramatic reading with the accompanying score. What a joy to hear the musical interpretation of my words!
Besides country life and writing, I also enjoy running, biking, snow skiing, fishing, gardening, cooking, and doing cross stitch. I live in Spokane, Washington with my husband and our geriatric dog, Buddy. At 12 years old, Buddy still entertains us with his antics and various old man noises.
Carol Gwin Nelson