Early in her career, Booher wanted to
find a way to earn an income and stay
home with her children. A friend asked
her what she liked to do. No considerations for profitability—just what she
“I like to write,” she told him.
“Then, go find a way to make a
living at it,” he said.
Booher found herself in her local
public library checking out 40 to 50
books on writing—from writing short
stories to articles to novels.
“I read around the clock,” she says.
Then, she got to work.
Her first paycheck, she recalls, was
$3,000 for a four-month project writing
Bible study curriculum for a large evangelical organization. That led to writing
magazine articles and books.
The first article she sent off caught
the eye of a publisher, who asked her
if she could turn it into a book. Booher
whipped out that first book in a week.
After earning her master’s degree in
creative writing, she sold her master’s
thesis—her first novel.