Ten things most people probably don’t know about Shelly Brimley
- I wish that I’d been more ambitious when it came to sports growing up. I always really loved sports, but I felt insecure because the sister just above me was an amazing athlete. I had such an opportunity to learn from her, but I felt inferior, and I allowed it to sway me away from something I wanted to do.
- I get along well with most people, but I don’t deeply connect to very many.
- I love going to the movies, but I always secretly wonder if the person who sat in my seat before me had lice. I heard a news story about that several years ago and it has been forever implanted in my brain!
- I have the “I’m pretty sure I can do that” illness. I look at something that needs to be done, having absolutely no experience or knowledge of how to do it, and attempt it anyway. The disease must be hereditary because I got it from my Mom…who can, by the way, do anything. Tiling my bathrooms and kitchen, and reupholstering a recliner and a couch are just a couple of the ridiculous things I’ve blindly taken on.
- I love Neapolitan ice cream with Ritz crackers crushed up into it.
- I have an Ommaya reservoir in my head.
- I am fairly reserved, especially around people I don’t know or in large groups.
- I have an innate need to create things. It is one of the strongest driving forces within me. One of my favorite things to do is write little songs for each of my kids to help them learn how to spell their names.
- I have a soft spot for elderly people.
- I try to identify at least one good quality in every person I meet, and I am utterly moved by almost every act of kindness, be it great or small.
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About the Book Take Me to the Willow by Shelly Brimley
In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered.
When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized – to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never go back through and read again the pages he’s written, but someday, someone will, and they will see that along with the hurt, Will’s life had been one that knew true joy, absolute love, and undying friendship.
About the Author
Shelly Brimley was born in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived most of her life until moving to Mexico to study abroad. After graduation, Shelly did some volunteer work in Africa and completed her graduate degree while working in an adolescent drug treatment center. After acquiring her Master’s degree, she worked as a counselor at a residential shelter for children who had been smuggled and trafficked into the USA from different countries around the world.
She also taught English to adult refugees before resigning to raise her children. Shelly wanted to use her experience working with others as a source of inspiration in her writing, offering a voice for those who are not typically heard or considered.