Ava Wilson

Author Bio


 After living and working for 38 years in Alaska, husband Dan and I moved to Central Oregon in 2005.  While in the north,  I began writing short stories, and a travel article was published in Trailer Life Magazine. Following Dan's retirement from the Anchorage School District, we owned a rare book business in Alaska. and travelled across the U.S. in search of rare tomes (pre-internet years!)  Almost every Alaskan summer was spent in our cabin on a lagoon, near a small village on the Kenai Peninsula while commercially fishing.  Much of my inspiration to write sprang from the  adventures I had during those years in Alaska. In addition,  memoirs and recollections by family members about journeys during the 1800's to the western frontier, fueled my desire to write about women during those turbulent times.  My first novel The Driftwood Diaries was published in 2010Under a Klondike Sky followed  in June, 2012, and High Desert Angel in March 2014. I'm presently working on a  collection of short stories.  One of these stories, The One-Eyed Goose,  placed second in Central Oregon's Literary Harvest 2011 competition; another short story, Weekly Rats, won first place in 2012. I enjoy being a member of  Central Oregon Writer's Guild, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and Women Writing the West.  We  now live in Terrebonne, Oregon with our yellow lab, Sophie, and have become stubborn high desert gardeners.  Our family has expanded from three awesome daughters and husbands, to include five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren..