Wendy Picard Gorham
Wendy was born in Oregon, but didn't have much time to get comfortable in the Pacific Northwest because at two weeks old her dad got a job with California State Parks. The two moved around from park to park every few years for all her childhood and adolescent years--changing schools and friends and churches--as her father, Greg, rose in the ranks of the park service. She hated being uprooted, but looking back now realizes how that experience exposed her to such an amazing array of places and people that she would have never known in a more traditional lifestyle. Their Parks assignments ranged from the forests of Northern California, to the Mojave desert, to the mountains of San Diego County. Each place lives large in her mind to this day.
At age fifteen, when most young girls were polishing their nails or eating Doritos and Pepsi, Wendy decided she was going to be an English teacher. It was simple--she loved words.
This choice took her to San Diego State for her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English. Now, more than twenty years later, not much has changed...she still walks around with her nose in a book and tries her best to get her students to do the same.
Wendy currently makes her home in Southern California with her two beautiful daughters. She spends her days teaching her favorite topic--literature--to her favorite age group of students...high school juniors and seniors. When she isn't shaping young minds, she is letting her own run wild in the pages of whatever novel or short story she is crafting at the moment.
“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
“There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.”