Charlotte Sullivan Wild is the author of the picture books LOVE, VIOLET, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Jan. 4, 2022), and THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU, illustrated by Mary Lundquist (Bloomsbury, 2019). She has previously worked as an educator, bookseller, volunteer radio host, and creator of children’s literature events. Originally from frosty Minnesota, she lives wherever her wife is stationed, most recently in San Antonio, Texas and now in Italy! She is represented by Minju Chang of BookStop Literary Agency. Learn more: www.charlotteswild.com
Charlotte Sullivan Wild is the author of the picture books LOVE, VIOLET, illustrated by Charlene Chua (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022), and THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU, illustrated by Mary Lundquist (Bloomsbury, 2019).
She has received grants for her work in children’s literature from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metro Regional Arts Council, and The Jerome Foundation, as well as a 2012 Loft Shabo Picture book Award and a Pushcart nomination. Her poetry and essays for adults have been published or honored by Fourth Genre, Rockford Review, Freshwater, Front Range Review, The Minneapolis StarTribune, and others.
She has served as the Regional Advisor for the Southwest Texas chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); founding host of the Picture Book Salon of San Antonio, Texas; and bookseller at The Twig Book Shop.
She taught children’s literature in the public schools and at the undergraduate level for nearly two decades. During 2011-2012, she served as the Visiting Scholar in Children’s Literature at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She earned her MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and MFA in fiction from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.
She has enjoyed volunteering in public and school libraries, and interviewing children’s authors for Write On! Radio (KFAI). She loves hiking and harmonizing with the Live Oak Singers, but her favorite thing of all is snuggling up for stories with her nieces and nephews. Originally from frosty Minneapolis, she now lives wherever her wife is stationed, most recently in San Antonio, Texas, and now in northern Italy! She is represented by Minju Chang of BookStop Literary Agency.
What’s New: Italy!
In 2019, we moved to northern Italy, where my wife is stationed. We are nestled in a rural three-road town, halfway between Venice and the sea, and the Dolomite Mountains. We live across from small family farms and vineyards, near an elementary school and music school. Our life is filled with the sounds of church bells, recess, early roosters, and the odd tractor (or motorcycle) roaring down the road. We love how our neighbors spend evenings together outside, sharing delicious, fresh food, watching soccer and chatting. During the Pandemic we added The Eggyatrixes to our family – four spirited chickens, each with their own personalities and opinions. We are smitten! I’m thankful for this unexpected adventure during a hard season.
What’s New: Living with ME/CFS Disability
Unfortunately, 2019 also brought a new chronic illness for me, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), formerly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It flattened me just days before the launch of my debut picture book The Amazing Idea of You (Lundquist, Bloomsbury). Only with the support of many did I get through those book events and our international move. But once we landed in Italy, it became clear I could no longer “push through” normal life.
I now spend most of my day resting. I need to walk or use energy as little as possible. That means almost no social interactions, which is not easy for this extrovert! For long stretches of the last few years I couldn’t write at all. But I’ve learned about my new limits and come to accept them (most days). That has helped me to stay more within my “energy envelope.” As a result, I’m writing again! (Even if it’s not as much as I’d like.) And I’m learning to engage with the world in new ways, something many have had to do during the Pandemic. Punishing as it is, ME has given me a new appreciation for life, beauty, relationships, and the joy of sharing stories with you. For awhile there, I thought I would never get to do that again.