Beth Anderson has always been fascinated with words and language – from sound and meaning, to figurative language and point of view, to cultural and scientific aspects of language. After earning a B.A. in linguistics and a M. Ed. in reading, she taught English as a second language for more than 20 years. Surrounded by young people from all over the world, with literature as her favorite tool – well, it doesn’t get any better than that.
All those years, she carried with her the itch to write. So in 2013, she began her writing journey. Combining her love of writing with the joys of discovery and learning, she found her niche with narrative nonfiction and historical fiction picture books.
To Beth, writing is mining. It’s digging deep inside for special memories, emotions, and meaning. It’s burrowing into history for inspiring characters and moments that change the course of events. It’s delving into the how and why and what if. Then the search for just the right words begins – words that will create voice, bring characters to life, and reveal the heart of the story. Shine the light. Discover the gems. Shape and polish, polish, polish.
Beth Anderson’s work is represented by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill of Red Fox Literary.
Here are some blog posts from Epic Eighteen about Beth’s writing journey: