Wendy Beth Baker is the author of Healing Power of Horses: Lessons from the Lakota Indians, BowTie Press, and two short stories in the Adams Media anthologies Horse Crazy and Healing Touch of Horses. Having grown up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Wendy enjoys writing about the therapeutic aspect of bonding with horses.
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wendy graduated Michigan State University with a B.A. in English, then moved to New York City and earned a diploma in Book Publishing from NYU. Her career as an editor and writer began in New York where she freelanced for several of the major book publishers, and later worked as Copy Chief at Us Magazine. After relocating to Los Angeles, she served as Editorial Director of Children’s Books at Price Stern Sloan. The Walt Disney Company then recruited her to be the Editorial Manager of its book and audio division. There she wrote several original stories including The Brightest Star, which was narrated by James Earl Jones.
Wendy’s passion for horses and interest in the Lakota Indians is either genetic or sociological. Her mother’s side of the family has always loved horses, and her paternal grandmother lived on the Great Plains in the early 1900s. Whatever the source of her attraction to the charismatic Lakota, the reader will share her enthusiasm for their world and their horses.
A member of Women Writing the West, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Western Writers of America, Wendy is most inspired by authors John Steinbeck, Cormac McCarthy, and Annie Proulx. She has begun work on her first novel.