I taught for many years, including junior high school & 6 colleges. I am married with 2 grown children. I've been writing for pay since age 11 & was a winner of a "Writer's Digest" screenwriting competition for a script based on my 1st novel in 2007.
University of Iowa; Western Illinois University; University of Chicago; Berkeley, Northern Illinois University. Homes in Chicago, Austin area and the IA/IL Quad Cities. Professor at 6 colleges or universities. Teacher and English Department Chairperson in Silvis, Illinois. 4 terms as President of the Silvis Education Association, gaining recognition for the teachers' group that had been in existence, but unrecognized, for 17 years prior. Married. Named one of the Ten Most Creative Teachers in America (TAB Scholastic Books) for a unit entitled "It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's SUPER-LEMON: Ad Campaigns in the Classroom." Film and book critic for Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) for 15 years. Currently, film critic for www.TheMovieBlog.com. Also blog at www.WeeklyWilson.com and www.QuadCities.com. THE COLOR OF EVIL series in e-book format was named one of the Best Indie Books of the Year 2018 by "Shelf Unbound" magazine in its April/May, 2018 issue. IWPA (llinois Women's Press Association) Silver Feather Award in 2012 & 2014 (Chicago chapter). Member: ITWA (International Thriller Writers Association); MWC (Midwest Writing Center, Writer of the Year 2010). Yahoo Content Producer of the Year 2008. Member MWA (Midwest Writers' Association) and CWA (Chicago Writers' Association) and former member of HWA and Chicago Indie Critics' Circle. Have been writing for pay since age 11 for 5 newspapers, 18 blogs and 5 small publishers.
College
University of Iowa (MS + 30)
English, Journalism & Education (Ferner/Hearst Journalism Scholarship)
College
Western Illinois University
English & Education, with a Journalism Minor
College
University of California at Berkeley
English (15 hours, summer school)
College
Northern Illinois University
Workshop courses for Performance Learning Systems, Inc, to write for them as an educational writer (1985)
College
University of Chicago, Gleacher Center
Non-credit courses in Novel Writing (Patrick Somerville, "24," "The Bridge," "The Left-Overs") and Short Story Writing with Dr. Barbara Croft
High School
Independence (Iowa) High School
Birth Date
July 23
Nickname
Einnoc Narocroc
Birth City
Independence, Iowa
Current City
Chicago (IL); Quad Cities (IL) & Austin (TX)
Hometown
Independence, Iowa
Height
5' 3"
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Norweigan/Dutch/Irish
Eye Color
Blue
Zodiac Sign
Leo
Married To
Craig K. Wilson
Children
Scott & Stacey (engineer & flight attendant studying to become a pilot; former employee of Taylor Swift's 13 Management with a Music Business degree).
Play 4 musical instruments (2 of them well). 3 homes. Like cats. Have 40 published books. Maintain 4 separate book series. Covered presidential politics for Yahoo in 04, 08 and 12. Has taught courses at 6 IA/IL colleges or universities, including a course on horror movies and on Alfred Hitchcock. Taught 7th & 8th graders, 5 of whom ended up on Death Row in Illinois. Founded 3 separate businesses, serving as CEO of each. Play trivia (and piano, oboe, drums and accordion). Sang for 3 and 1/2 years with Old Gold Singers on campus at the University of Iowa. Interview with the screenwriters of "A Quiet Place" on WeeklyWilson.com on March 10th, 2018, was an IMDB Recommended Reading. Best Business of the Year (Bettendorf, IA) in 1993. Presented a Point of Light Bi-State Literacy Award from then-sitting First Lady Barbara Bush in person in 1993 for our Reading Scholarship Program for poor kids that was the most active scholarship program in a 1400 member franchise chain. Founded Sylvan Learning Center #3301 and founded operated a Prometric Testing Center (1995-2003). Quad Cities' Learning, Inc., dba Quad City Press founded in 2003 and publisher of 40 works since 2003.
My Favorite Quote
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” (Julius Caesar; Act 4, Scene 3).
I taught for many years, including junior high school & 6 colleges. I am married with 2 grown children. I've been writing for pay since age 11 & was a winner of a "Writer's Digest" screenwriting competition for a script based on my 1st novel in 2007.