“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.”
—Chip Brown, “A Bike and a Prayer”
- In Slider’s Son, Grant O’Grady and his friend Frank get into plenty of trouble riding a bike.
- In Who the Frack is Maddie Jackson?, Becky’s novel currently under construction, Rocker, a Border Collie, plays a crucial role.
- PeaPod and Siren are Sadie’s and Allie’s dogs in Chasing AllieCat, Becky’s young adult novel about a trio of Midwest mountain bikers.
- Woof and Wag: Bringing Home a Dog is one of Becky’s children’s book from Picture Window Books.
Becky was two-time women’s champion at the National 24-Hour Challenge, a bike race outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She set an age-group record for women 40-44, going 391 miles in 24 hours. Becky won her age group in the 12-Hour World Time Trial Championships in Borrego Springs, California in 2019. Becky is no longer “allowed” to race by her doctors, but she still rides her bike a few thousand miles a year.
Dogs and bikes–two things near and dear to Becky’s heart, so they are often front and center in her stories.
Becky also has a special connection to and passion for the country of South Africa. A tribute to the power of stories, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay awakened this interest when she read that novel in the early 1990s. Ever since, she’s read and studied whatever she could about this fascinating country. Becky led groups of travelers to South Africa three time between 2013-2015. Her most recent planned trip was thwarted by COVID.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Affiliate
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Children’s Literature Network ( Now defunct)
Betsy-Tacy Society member
Nicollet Bike Team
- 2022 Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Artist Grant to write a screenplay of Chasing AllieCat
- 2018 Midwest Book Award for Young Adult Fiction (for Slider’s Son)
- 2017 Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Grant (for Slider’s Son publication promotion)
- 2011 Junior Library Guild Selection — Chasing AllieCat
- 2008 Minnesota State Arts Borad Artist Initiative Grant (for Slider’s Son, work-in-progress)
- 2007 Honorable Mention Award (for Chasing AllieCat, a work-in-progress YA novel), Loft Awards for Children’s Literature /Older Children.
- 2003 Blue Ribbon Award Winner (for Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged), The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.
- 1990 Robert Wright Creative Writing Contest Winner. Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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