Mary Beth Baptiste
In the Jimmy Carter and John Denver days, Mary Beth Baptiste strolled the Virginia Tech campus in flannel shirts and jeans and dreamed about the Rocky Mountains. For her master’s degree in wildlife biology, she researched human/bear interaction at Shenandoah National Park. Over the years, she held jobs ranging from soda jerk to fire tower lookout. Another graduate degree later, in counseling, she added mental health therapist and school counselor to the list. But the Rockies still called, and her wildlife biology training proved to be her ticket to the west. When she landed a job in the Division of Science and Resource Management at Grand Teton National Park, she finally followed her dream and moved west.
In the midst of her job-related scientific writing and editing, Mary Beth discovered the joys of writing creatively. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Vermont Literary Review, Stonehill Alumni Magazine, Wyoming Wildlife, Wyoming Fence Lines: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry, and in the national anthology Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks.
Still a woodswoman at heart, Mary Beth continues to enjoy the mountains, wildlife, snow, and good friends in southeast Wyoming with her husband, Rich.
“What is love? Mary Beth Baptiste’s exquisite book probes that question. Yes, as the title suggests, she is looking for romantic love, but that is only part of her story. Yes, she loves the Tetons, which attracted her away from her tight-knit Portuguese family in Massachusetts. But at her core, Baptiste is a wildlife biologist. She becomes weak kneed and giddy watching the gyrations of the boreal toads. Her deep feelings for the cygnet swans and their plight drive her to despair. Her heart melts when she runs her hands through the hair of a tranquilized bear . . . the same bear that minutes earlier stood six feet away, threatening to charge. . . This is not a book you will soon forget.”
~Marjane Ambler, Author of Yellowstone Has Teeth: A Memoir of Living Year-Round in the World’s First National Park