5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About…Samantha Wilde
We love to learn about the author behind our favorite books. Samantha Wilde, author of I’ll Take What She Has, shares a few fun facts from her life.
1. I don’t actually know how to cook. Growing up the daughter of a novelist, my mother preferred reading to cooking (still does!), and I can’t say I learned about food at her apron tails. I taught myself in my early twenties, bought a spice rack, and learned about kale. Still, it wasn’t until I met my husband, a real foodie and a gourmet cook, that I seriously tried to become a proficient cook. I cook six dinners out of seven most weeks (my husband often takes the weekends) and while I’m not a natural, I am slowly getting better.
2. At twelve years old I become a vegetarian. After a trip to New York City with my mother, I wrote in my journal that from then on I would always wear black and would never eat meat. Well, I kept one of those! My husband eats meat and my children get to choose what they want, however, I don’t cook meat (I doubt I would even know how). People often ask me why I became a vegetarian and honestly, it was so long ago, I don’t know what my tween brain was thinking! I’ve always enjoyed it, though, and it feels like part of who I am in the world.
3. I want a big family. I have always wanted six children. My husband would tell you at least six. In fact, he claims that when we met I told him I wanted eighteen. I think I was exaggerating so when he heard the real number he wouldn’t pass out! Being with children is such a joy for me. I adore babies. I have found the real act of mothering harder than I could have imagined as a little girl with big family dreams, but I still would love a whole gaggle around my table. I like the feeling of a big family; it’s like a party every day!
4. My husband is a chemical engineer. People always ask me what he does. He researches a breast cancer cure. I can understand the basics, but we are definitely the artist and the scientist living together. He has such tremendous passion and drive for his work. I have learned a great deal from him about dedication and fortitude. Having vision is one thing, having the stamina to carry it out requires a broader level of commitment and good, hard mental labor.
5. If I could live anywhere in the world, I’d live in an old farm house in the country with a huge vegetable garden and some chickens. Where I live now, I have a smaller vegetable garden. Bringing the children out to plant, weed and gather the harvest feels about as true to the point of life as anything I do. We do have some plans for a chicken coop one day. I always say “I only clean up one creature’s poop at a time,” so maybe when the toddler gets out of diapers! Oh, how I love the idea of rambling farm house. I’m told it’s a lot easier to love one then live in one…fix, fix, fix.
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