Vida Mercer

Vida Mercer
Vida Mercer

I was born and raised in Southern Maryland—an East Coast girl at heart. My mom made the brave choice to homeschool me back in a day when it was near unheard of. She knew it was the right choice for me. To this day, I still call that the single most important thing my parents ever did for me. I was homeschooled until college, graduated summa cum laude, and became a litigation paralegal. But my story didn't end there!

Life brought me halfway across the nation to a tiny town in North Texas horse country. Simultaneously, life brought my husband halfway across the country (from the other direction) to the same town. We met and got to know one another riding horses through the countryside. Today, we call Northern California home and can be found having grand adventures in the great outdoors with our fierce daughters.

When I left the legal field to be home with and ultimately homeschool our girls, I knew that I wanted to help other people find their groove in alternative education. I've been writing locally and nationally about homeschooling ever since. It is among the great honors of my life to coach for Brave Writer. (A writer was the very first thing I wanted to be as a little girl!) When I'm not homeschooling, writing, or coaching, I'm outside playing among the big trees, reading, collecting quotes, or hoarding style guides . . . probably drinking coffee too.