Gerry Wilson is a native Mississippian who grew up in the red clay hills of the north—Faulkner country. As a child, she spent many hours watching life unfold through the plate-glass windows of her father’s NAPA store. Her yen for storytelling began there.
Gerry has completed two books: most recently Spirit Lamp, a work of literary historical fiction, and Whatever House (upmarket women’s fiction). She also writes short fiction. She has studied fiction writing with Ron Hansen, Dorothy Allison, Connie May Fowler, Jane Hamilton, and Ann Hood. The first chapter of Spirit Lamp won the “Best Of” award in Jane Hamilton’s novel workshop at Writers in Paradise, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida (2011).
Her story, “Book of Lies,” currently appears in Prime Number Issue 37. Other recent publishing credits include “Pieces” in Prime Number Magazine, Editors’ Selections: Volume 2 (“Pieces” originally appeared in Prime Number Issue 19, April 2012), ”Something Borrowed” in Good Housekeeping, October 2011 (previously published as “Wives” in Halfway Down the Stairs), and other journals. The first chapter of Spirit Lamp was published in the Writers in Paradise conference anthology Sabal 2011: Best of the Conference Workshops.
She has been awarded writing residencies at Ragdale (Lake Forest, Illinois) and Hambidge, a writers’ and artists’ retreat in the mountains of north Georgia.
Gerry and her husband are “raising” a beautiful but testy Siamese cat, Oliver. She’s the mother of four sons, grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters and three handsome grandsons, and honorary grandmother to her husband’s three grandsons, including toddler twins. She is active in the community and in her church. Juggling life and writing is a challenge she welcomes!