Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


Welcome Author Bette Stevens #wouldyourather

Today I’m excited to welcome our friend, author Bette Stevens. I got to know Bette through mutual blogs we follow and was then introduced to her books. When I read and fell in love with Amazing Matilda, I soon read all of her books. Most recently I enjoyed My Maine. A beautiful collection of haiku poems, along with her photographs, makes this the perfect read to revisit again and again. It would also make a great gift.
After our friend Pam played “Would You Rather,” Bette expressed interest in playing along.


Would you rather be able to freeze time or travel in time?

Travel in time! How wonderful it would be to visit the past and meet my ancestors. Oh, the stories I would write. And just imagine…I’ll even have a chance to visit with characters from my favorite books.

Would you rather be able to breathe underwater or fly?

Fly, of course! I’ve done it so many times in dreams and I assure you that flying is a wonderful thing… For my first flight, I would soar from Maine to Mexico with the monarch butterflies on their amazing migratory journey in the fall. Oh yes, I would write a children’s book about that journey—so that readers would be aware of the importance of providing pollinator plants that bloom during the fall for this near-endangered species and all of our migrating pollinators.

Would you rather know every language or know how to talk to animals?

As awesome as it would be to talk to animals, I would rather be able to speak and understand every human language. Communication is the golden key to unlocking the door of understanding—making the world a better place for everyone and every living thing.

Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10 mile radius, or live in a busy city?

I would rather live in the middle of nowhere—a perfect place where peace and serenity prevail. However, my home and vehicle must be powered by solar energy. This “middle of nowhere” gal still needs to be connected to the greater world and a getaway to the big city every now provides the perfect vacation. By the end of vacation, “middle of nowhere” will be home-sweet-home again!

Would you rather never be able to write or never able to read?

That’s tough one, but I’d rather never be able to write, sort of… Reading is a must! I’m a visual gal and can’t get along without the written word. And guess what?  With modern technology, I’ll still be able to ‘write’ without putting pen to paper or tapping out words on the keyboard. All I’ll have to do is tell my virtual assistant to transcribe my writerly thoughts as I speak and my assistant will send them off to their destination.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Jill. It’s been so much fun!


Thanks for playing along, Bette!  I particularly loved your answer about flying with the monarchs. ❤


Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture. Stevens’s books include The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!; Amazing Matilda, Children’s Picture Book (Ages 4-11) 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award and Gittle List; Pure Trash (MG/YA/Adult) Short Story; Dog Bone Soup (MG/YA/Adult) Coming of age Novel (2017 KCT International Literary Award Top Finalist 2017); and My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry and Photography Collection) 2019.

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