When I Grow Up . . . A Brief Biography

When she was in her late twenties, Bethany Wiggins finally decided what she wanted to do when she “grew up.” It all started one fateful afternoon at her sister’s house. Out of the blue Bethany’s sister told her that she was going to try writing a book and asked Bethany if she also wanted to try. “All it takes,” the sister explained, “is an hour a day of writing for one year, and by the end of that year, you will have a book.”

Bethany loved reading. Sometimes she even secretly dreamed of being a published author (but that dream was safely tucked away with those other impossible dreams . . . like being a movie star or famous artist). Nevertheless, she accepted the challenge. One year and two manuscripts later, Bethany realized that writing was her passion.

It is said that getting a book published is about as easy as getting struck by lightning. It is probably about as painful, too. Bethany tried to get her second manuscript published (the first was total garbage, and she was a decent enough writer to realize that). She queried literary agents to see if they would take her on as a client, but none of them would. Her writing just wasn’t good enough. But instead of stopping her, the negative feedback made her more determined to see her dream come true. She worked harder than ever before.

She wrote another book.

And another.

And another, all the while getting rejection after rejection. “You’re writing is not good enough.” “This just isn’t for me.” “Surely another literary agent will feel differently, but I don’t like the story.” “Good, but not good enough.” “No thank you.” “Best of luck somewhere else.” She got roughly three hundred rejections, and that isn’t counting the literary agents who didn’t take the time to respond to manuscripts they didn’t want.

And then one day, she got a yes. That one tiny yes has turned into a career with one of the top publishers in the world and three young adult novels (Shifting, Cured and Stung) that are sold world-wide.

And now that she has attained the highly unattainable dream of being a young adult author, she’s realized there is something she likes even more—being a mother. Bethany has five children, ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years old. She considers them her greatest achievement in life (but she still loves writing).

37 thoughts on “When I Grow Up . . . A Brief Biography

  1. Hey Bethany, I am a High School student who is doing a book report on Stung. I cannot find a good biography of you. I was wondering if you could email my a quick biography of yourself. Thanks for your time

    1. i am 12 and having the same issue i was trying to find a arrest warrant on her because she said that she was bailed out of jail one time.

        1. woops it must have been my imagination but i am doing a report on you and i just need a little more info for school and i am reading stung and love it so much that i read 17 chapters in 1 day that’s pretty good for me.

        2. do have any more websites that i can look on for more info or is this the only one because i cant find any more than this one website.

          1. Actually, I was thinking about it. I am on facebook as Bethany Wiggins-Author, and I have an old blog : http://www.suzettesaxton.blogspot.com, and I have a pinterest page (with a STUNG page) and I am on Twitter as @WiggB, and I am on Instagram! How did I not think to put those on here?

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    1. Skyler,
      My next book is about a princess, a fierce warrior horselord, and the dragon the princess is sacrificed to. Titles change, so I am not sure if this will be THE title, but it is called TRANSFERENCE right now.

      1. Thank you Bethany for all of your help and answers for me Skyler is helping me with this project to and since u answered me only on one of ur pages here I think that it was awesome that it was only me u answered thank u so much and wish u luck in writing books u r an awesome writer and hope u get a lot of prizes and awords

    1. Mimi,

      I am sorry, but I don’t give that information out. I will tell you this: One child is named after a mythical beast, one is named after a space ship, one is named after a character in a creepy story, one is named after two rock stars, and one is named something boring. 🙂

    1. Ashli,

      I (Bethany) am a Mormon aka LDS aka Christian. A huge part of my religion is charity. It is sort of an ongoing thing in my life.

      1. What is your birthday ?
        Education ?
        Major a compliments ?
        You might be woundering why I am asking you this but it is because I am doing a book report and I have to have this information…. Please and thank you

  4. this might sound strange
    But….
    When I Grow Up I Want To Become A Star.
    No, not a celebrity, but a burning ball of hydrogen and nitrogen and other gasses.
    You probably think I am strange.

    Well I am :] 😛

    1. Growing up, I always wished I fit in better than I did. Now, I embrace my quirky creative side–unapologetically!

  5. I am doing a book project for school. Do you think you could help me with the some information? Like just answer a couple of my questions.

    1. Rose, could you email me? If you click the “contact” tab on the main page of my website, you can email me your questions. I would be happy to answer them.

  6. I am a 8th grader at winchester middle school and we have to do book reports. I am doing one on your book shifting and we need some intresting facts about you. I was wondering if you could email me some. It would help a lot.

  7. Bethany Wiggins I absolutely love your books. Stung and Cured are one of my favorite series I’ve ever read.

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