Bettie Wailes


Bettie has lived in Winter Park, FL since 1974. After a long career as a software engineer, she started a tutoring business in 2002. Wise Owl Tutoring has flourished, now one of the premier tutoring centers in Central Florida. Because Bettie is intensely interested in the SAT and ACT, she has published two of three planned prep books: SAT Words--Prioritized and SAT Grammar--Prioritized. She is an avid runner and has completed over 400 marathons. She is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club and the Marathons Maniacs.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm nearly finished with another memoir--this one from the early years of my life. The title is Running Down the Road Naked, although it isn't about running or being naked. I'm also working on a novel, my first foray into fiction. It's about murder on a running trail.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like to read mysteries, including cozies, and some general fiction. I like a variety of authors, including Karen McInerny, Lee Child, Janet Evanonich, John Grisham, and Allen Eskins.
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Running in the Back of the Pack
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 73,540. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Running & jogging, Essay » Author profile
Startling with Bettie's first run, this story follows her journey from 5Ks to ultras, love to loss, grief to healing, from her first marathon to more than 225 more. She's logged more miles than she thought possible, and she's still going-on track to complete more than 70 this year. She runs in the back of the pack, where the view is different. Some benefits were expected--some quite surprising.

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