|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)|
About the Author
Her current book, Notes From Rainbow Bridge, was inspired by her own angel dog, Cassie Jane, after whom the main character in the book, Chloe, is closely modeled.
Her first endeavor, Hey Lady! Your Tin Snips are Showing! started out as a short, non-fiction version that was first published in Tradeswomen Magazine in the early 1980s. It later found its way to "Hard-Hatted Women," an anthology published by Seal Press in 1988, and finally to Cosmopolitan Magazine in September 1991.
She had written the full-length version of the story during this time in first person format. When a publisher suggested the story would sound better in third person as fiction, she changed it again, and all of this with one of those ancient IBM Selectrics where you have to change the entire ball of type if you want a different type font. (Giving away her age here, too...)
Beth lives and plays in Illinois with her husband and best friend, Bob, who is also a construction worker, and her dog Jake. Bob's children inspired her second book Cobwebs in the Broiler, the story of how Val learns how to be a step parent by the seat of her pants.
She retired from construction in 2009 so she has more time to write, volunteer at the no-kill animal shelter and perhaps take an art class or start playing the piano again.
Read an Excerpt
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals that were ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: They each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.