Elizabeth Egerton Wilder (aka Betty) is a senior-aged writer who finally realized her heart dream of publishing a novel on her seventy-second birthday. Married fifty-seven years (yes, to the same man), her stories are colored by family tales, life experience and tons of research. Mother of three and grandmother to four, she had dabbled in the writing craft to fine-tune her dream. While raising her family, she taught kindergarten, worked in myriad offices, earned a BA in Art and Education, worked as a watercolorist and photographer along the coast of Maine, became a needle-arts designer for a national producer of kits, worked as a colorist, and was a shop owner. All these skills, combined with her innate love of nature, led to her novel, The Spruce Gum Box. This was followed by Granite Hearts, and Beneath Mackerel Skies, all of which are northern Maine historical fiction novels set it the mid 1800’s. Now, at seventy-eight she is working on a memoir of a young girl in the 1940’s. Next on her list is another historical fiction novel focused on a women’s rights activist in Boston, early 1900’s. She hopes not to run out of time before ideas.
She lives in a lovely and very active senior community in Southeast Pennsylvania with her husband of fifty-seven years and their recue cat, Miss Kitty.