When reading matters, your mother might teach you to read at an early age fostering your lifelong love for books. You might become a librarian's helper in middle school, work on the literary magazine and yearbook in high school, and graduate from college with a concentration, instead of a major, in English because you want the freedom to choose the kinds of books you read. Later, after working in advertising, market research, and sales, you might become a stay-at-home-mom who reads tons of books to your kids each night, but occasionally leaves the house for playgroups and lunch at Chuck-E-Cheese.
During that time you might start writing your first Young Adult (YA) novel, a YA non-fiction manuscript, and several more manuscripts, including picture books. You might write some inspiring articles, too. Sales of those articles might prompt you to continue your writing journey, become a freelance writer, and seek out agents and publishers for your books. You might even start a website called When Reading Matters. Bethanie did -- and that's her story.
Bethanie Baker Henderson currently lives in Eastern PA. She's happily married and has two children who learned to read at an early age. She also has a cat that seems to like books.