Nancy Jo Wilson
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Short Biography- 78 words
Nancy Jo Wilson was published in her local paper and won various writing contests in high school, including a scholarship from the state of TN. Her first novel, Escape the Amoz, placed second in the science fiction category of the 2009 Do It Write! competition. She blogs about faith and homeschooling on her website, six5mom.com. Nancy’s articles have appeared in Practical Homeschooling and MauMag magazine. A Jacksonville, FL native, she now resides in Thomaston, GA with her family.
Long Biography- 508 words
Nancy Jo Wilson wrote her first short story in second grade and continued writing throughout her childhood. She, also, performed in children’s theater and as a lay reader during elementary and middle school. In high school, she wrote for the teen section of the local newspaper and received a writing scholarship from the state of Tennessee. Along with writing, she participated in drama and the National Forensic League, a speech and debate organization. By the end of her junior year, she’d earned a Double Ruby, the highest accolade from the National Forensics League, and competed in its national competition. In her church, she taught during Youth Sunday and on mission trips.
After high school, Nancy moved on to the college of her dreams—Florida State University. The dean who spoke at the college orientation encouraged students to major in what challenged them, not what came easily. So, she pursued science, majoring in Biology Education, as well as Theater electives. She came to regret the decision in later years, because her first love was always the written word.
Nancy has filled many roles within the body of Christ. Her main passions are teaching and encouraging others in their faith.
Ministries:: • Teacher • Cleaning Team • Small group leader • Women’s Conference Speaker • Children’s Ministry Leader • Women’s Ministry Director • Social Media Director
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Nancy as a friend and also fellow ministry partner. She has a heart and passion for women and it becomes evident with her relationships with them, but also in her public speaking. She is genuine in her communication and engages the audience with applicable truths from God’s Word. I always leave feeling inspired and encouraged to grow deeper in my walk with Christ."
Alisha Herring Refuge Church, Nixa, MO
After taking a break for motherhood and homeschooling, Nancy returned to writing in her mid-thirties. Through mystery shopping reviews and online writing challenges, she sharpened her skills. Many times, she earned the distinction of editor’s choice on Faithwriters.com. She published a few articles, but mainly focused on her blog, six5mom.com. She wrote her first book Escape the Amoz, for her oldest son and published it through Kindle Direct. Lost in the System, her current novel will hit stores this fall. While her novels land in the science fiction/fantasy category, she writes crossover stories a wide range of reader's enjoy.
"Science fiction is not my go-to genre when choosing a new book: I prefer a good crime mystery. Yet I was intrigued by the summary of Lost in the System. I’m so glad I opted to read it!"
Judy Karge, Author
"I am not one who enjoys sci-fi, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book (Escape the Amoz)."
Mrs. G, Amazon Review
Articles and Awards: • “Why You Need a Homeschool Mission Statement?” Practical Homeschooling, September/October 2012. • “Homeschool 101,” MauMag, April/May 2012. • “The Art of the Staycation,” MauMag, January/February 2013. • “King of Hearts” Third Place winner, 2016 Ozarks Chapter of the ACW short story contest. • Escape the Amoz Second Place winner for science fiction in the 2009 Do It Write! competition.
Now, she balances ministry, writing, and homeschooling. A Jacksonville, FL native, Nancy currently resides in Thomaston, GA with her husband, younger son, dog, and three cats.
What others say about me!
Engaging and Sound Speaker
Nancy Wilson is an engaging and sound speaker. She is a diligent student of God’s word and loves to share that truth with others. She brings enthusiasm and energy to her teaching, and I heartily recommend her to any group.
Rev. Robert Wilson
Trinity Baptist Church Thomaston, GA
Entertaining and Engaging
Entertaining and engaging, clear and concise, Nancy is a consummate communicator. She offers the listener relevant information easily digested and integrated, ready to apply. Radiating the warmth of a friend while communicating with the skill of a professor, she leaves her audience emotionally and intellectually satisfied and never disappoints.
The Chapel Ormond Beach, FL
Compassion and Heart
Nancy Wilson’s compassion and heart for encouragement shines through in all her speaking and teaching engagements. She imparts to her audience’s knowledge they can apply to their lives and an understanding that they are not alone in their challenges.
Kathleen Holland, PhD