Rebecca Zornow is a Wisconsin native. A voracious reader and writer all her life, she graduated from Lawrence University in 2010 and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
My mother took me to checkout books at my local library when I was a child. I brought home brown grocery bags full of books accompanied by receipts as long as I could stretch my arms. In the evenings, my dad read aloud Calvin and Hobbes to my siblings and me, making up funny voices and vocal special effects. Books have always filled my days. Sometimes the entire day, from reading at the breakfast table to reading by flashlight in bed.
I studied English Literature at Lawrence University (and made my major a double with Art History) where I read stacks of books and was challenged to make sense of how books reflected or changed the world around us.
After college, I joined the Peace Corps. Stationed at a remote primary school in Swaziland (where remote meant having to walk an hour through the African bush to get a warm bottle of Fanta Orange), I started a library, giving access to 250 students in seven grades to those wonderful friends, books.
Reading was everywhere, all the time, but writing crept up on me before descending like a swarm of bees. I kept journals throughout my teenage years and, though even the sight of those doodled-on covers make me squirm with embarrassment, they were an essential daily practice in writing. Blogging during my Peace Corps journey built my confidence and taught me to carefully think about what my words meant. My sister, Nicole, has long been my sounding board for my creative writing and I am so excited to share my stories and thoughts now with you.
I’ve been married to Oliver for nine years and have three children, Lydia, Madeline, and Pierce. I run the Caneille Regional Development Fund which brings education to a rural community in Haiti and also write for Appleton Monthly Magazine. I love traveling, art, long walks, museums, organizing, my local library, and good food. Enjoy the blog!
Some Favorite Books and Series:
Bad Machinery by John Allison
Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel
Someday my Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaladon
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman
Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Gunnerkrig Court by Thomas Sidell
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingells Wilder
Rebecca is currently working on a science fiction novel about human trafficking set in space. She is finished with draft one and is officially in editing mode. The book will be finished by the end of 2018 and she will seek out an agent for the book in 2019.
You can find Rebecca’s writing in print in Appleton Monthly Magazine as well as online via the links below.
The Manors – Part 1 An urban fantasy short story about a girl and a….house.
The Manors – Part 2 The last installment of The Manors.
The Midnight Waddler A short, humorous story about a family and their nighttime woes.
Prepper in Demand – Part 1 What happens when a neighborhood blackout leaves some families less prepared than others?
Preppers Exposed – Part 2 A secret stash of food in the middle of a community crisis can only stay secret for so long.
Preppers Without – Part 3 They were prepared for any emergency. Except for themselves.
Two Years in the Kingdom Blog The blog my husband and I kept during our two-year Peace Corps service in Swaziland. Tales of primary school students and African animals abound.
Lydia and Madeline Blog A blog my family kept during a long, heart wrenching hospital stay surrounding the birth of my twins, Lydia and Madeline.
These volunteers find joy and friendship amid the arts A Post Crescent article about my experiences volunteering for the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass and Fox Valley Sinfonia.
North Carolina Trail Story (pg 9) A story about my mom and siblings backpacking on the Appalachian Trail.
News from the Nations (pg 13, under Rachel Zarnow) A piece comparing Native American life and Swaziland and how I helped bridge the gap in a small way.