Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer is a Lowcountry native. Originally from Mt. Pleasant, SC, Wendy moved to Beaufort, SC in 1998 after graduating from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.
She worked for Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services and managed three recreation facilities before having two daughters, Abbie and Julia. While raising two small toddlers as a stay-at-home mom, Wendy authored two books in Arcadia Publishing’s Image of America Series: Isle of Palms and Port Royal, released in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
When her daughters entered school, Wendy accepted a position as the Interpretive Program Manager at Hunting Island State Park, where she delivered the Discover Carolina program to elementary, middle and high school-aged children. She also created outdoor recreation opportunities associated with the coastal environment for park visitors, emphasizing conservation, education and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources of Hunting Island, a 5000-acre semitropical barrier island located 15 miles east of Beaufort.
A few years later, Wendy missed writing and became the Editor of a weekly publication covering Northern Beaufort County. She wrote two columns, organized press releases, edited content, updated the website, took photographs and attended community events and civic meetings as necessary.
She also worked with a local television station on Hilton Head Island, and produced three shows to a market of 69,000 households in addition to writing and producing commercials for the station.
Wendy currently writes for local and regional publications. She has her own column and also contributes to a “Social Scene” column. Her features predominately depict Lowocuntry living and the love of her coastal home in South Carolina. She is employed full time by the American Cancer Society as the Community Manger for Relay For Life in Beaufort, Colleton and Hampton counties in South Carolina.
Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She is appreciative of her polite, Southern upbringing, the memories of a carefree childhood exploring the natural landscape of her coastal home and all her life lessons that have resulted from the marriage of tough love and encouraging words.
Wendy’s youth was filled with a myriad of learning opportunities, both scholastic and principled; and through the subtlety of her parent’s nurturing, Wendy’s greatest inheritance is her set of values.
Those values consist of diverse purpose, incorporating physical, environmental, emotional and spiritual awareness. Her parents drafted the schematics giving Wendy confidence to engineer a plan for each and every circumstance in her life; and, Wendy humbly confesses that she’s struggled in recent years to stay on course to remain consistent with those values.
Wendy’s endearing asset, professionally as a writer and personally, is her ability to understand people, all people no matter the degree of diversity . She can easily blend carefree conversation with sensitivity and depth, while finding similarities between the person with whom she’s speaking and hers.
One of the most memorable lessons Wendy ever learned was from her mother, Shirley Nilsen. She said, “ Always appreciate what the person in front of you is saying. You will grow by listening to their story.”
Shirley Nilsen had an aspiration of becoming a professional writer. She was a dedicated working mother and wife and was not afforded the time to pursue her dream. Her first priority was her children, and later, grandchildren. But, that’s not to say she didn’t write. She wrote poems, short stories, biographies, you name it. And from what Wendy has read, she is naturally talented.
Wendy’s mother was her inspiration to begin a career in writing, and she continues to practice what her mother preached. Wendy has a gift of listening to her subjects and recreating their stories in her own, reinforcing words. She writes from a genuine impression, narrating heart, soul and truth first. Her authentic understanding of people yields sincere script and consistently resonates optimism thanks to the social graces she learned from her father.
“I’ve always looked at the positive in people. Some might call that naïve, but I know that every person has a story, a good story. I get that from my Dad. He doesn’t have a social agenda; he just likes to meet new people.” says Wendy.
As she maintains her writing career, Wendy balances time between her professional life and raising two beautiful, smart and equally capable daughters.
“There is no greater pleasure in life than watching your children succeed,” says Wendy. “My daughters are my inspirations now. I answer their questions the best I can, smile and accept that I’m vulnerable to unexpected challenges. I learn from them every day.”
Wendy Pollitzer resides in Beaufort, SC with her two daughters. She currently writes for local and regional publications. Her parents, married for forty-five years, reside in Mt. Pleasant, SC and continue to stimulate Wendy’s desire for personal exploration and growth.
Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer loyally maintains her writing career. As she continues to write columns for local and regional publications, author books and maintain a professional career, she is committed to being a Christian mother first.
“My daughters deserve the most attention. Everything else comes second,” says Wendy.
“Sometimes you have to learn a lesson or two to understand that. I did, and I know better now. As for my future, well that’s in God’s hands.”
Wendy’s latest book, Charleston Salt & Iron was released in May, 2016 by Lydia Inglett Publishing. Wendy’s previous book, South: What it means to be here in heart or in spirit was released in October, 2014 by the same publisher. Both books are sold though http://www.starbooks.biz/