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Wendy Jo Bradshaw, more aptly described by her pen name Wild West Wendy Jo, is a feisty, red-headed, cowboy-boot wearing tomboy, who only experienced ONE boring day in her life. On that humdrum day, at twelve years old, she decided to NEVER be bored again!
As the oldest of four children, moving to many new schools throughout the West, Wendy Jo was the “New Kid”, more times than she could count. Being an outsider trying to fit in, she was considered a misfit, by most of her classmates. As such, she quickly learned that she was a prime target of the schoolyard bullies. Wendy Jo was never one to run. Instead, she stood up to bullies, and even defended other kids from anyone who tried to steal their power. Those events, forever influenced her thoughts and dreams, and set in motion the idea to help kids find the power of their voice, and to feel powerful and good about themselves in spite of intimidation from anyone.
When not at school, Wendy Jo loved singing, playing the piano, spending time with her dog, and exploring. She spent much of her time organizing treasure hunting expeditions with her brothers and the other neighborhood renegades. She learned not only about the rewards of treasure hunting, but the perils, pitfalls, and the perseverance required in searching for treasures of all kinds.
Today, Wendy Jo still loves adventure and treasure hunting, and now teaches it to her children, grandchildren, and in schools to other people’s kids! After surviving Stage III Melanoma cancer, she especially appreciates the hunt for treasures from the treasure chest of life (TCL), which are far more valuable than gold. Through that journey, she learned that the power of choice was one of the valuable treasures that helped save her life. Wendy continues to enjoy gold panning, metal detecting, fishing, and exploring ghost towns and historic ruins. Her dreams of helping children have become a reality. Wendy Jo uses her gifts of writing, singing and exploring to do what she loves most; creating empowering books, music, the Vippi Mouse Kid’s show, and doing school presentations through her Vippi Mouse program. Wendy Jo’s motto is: Helping Kids See, They Are a Treasured VIP. Oh, and since she was 12 years old, she’s never been bored ONCE!
In conclusion here’s a quote by Wild West Wendy Jo, that sums up her thoughts about the Treasure Chest of Life, “When you hit rock bottom, remember, bedrock is where you find the gold!”™ Wendy Jo now lives in Utah very near her children and grandchildren, with her spouse and two little Dachshunds named Annie Oakley and Jackpot.
Wendy Jo is an award winning author, illustrator, and singer, and is excited to finally debut her first solo children’s book titled A Very Important Power. Wendy Jo’s previous five books are a series of personalized books that she hired an author and illustrators to collaborate with. She belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is also an ally, and member of the Mama Dragons.
The full story of the album is featured in San Antonio’s #1 Contemporary Magazine and can be read here at - SA MONTHLY MAGAZINE. Huge thanks to Waldinei Lafaiete – Editor of SA Monthly Magazine, and photographer at Lafaiete Photography. To find out more click here.
For My Dad – Wendy Jo Bradshaw is available for purchase in digital mp3 and CD formats, here at wendybradshaw.com and at most major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.