In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m excited to be talking with author Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler who has both a novel and a picture book out this year!

I think you’ll be inspired by Rebecca’s wisdom and how her passion for yoga helped her find her voice as a picture book writer.

She also shared how:

  • Even as a kid, she knew she would write a book.
  • Being in community with other writers spurred her creativity.
  • The perseverance she had resulted in her book coming out at the exact “right” time.
  • Her background writing poetry provides her clarity and precision when writing for children.

One key takeaway for me was that the exact comment that she received from an editor rejecting one of her books has now come back around as something that people rave about in their reviews!

Is writing a book – of any genre – something you’re dreaming of?  If you’re ready to be part of a community of writers, join me in Thriving Authors Academy. I’ll help you feel inspired and empowered throughout the creative process, from first seed of an idea to finished manuscript… and then polished manuscript… and then beautiful published book with your name on the cover.

This round goes from October 7, 2023 to March 31, 2024. Find out more at

About Rebecca: Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler was raised in West Point, a small town in the Tidewater region of Virginia. From the moment she submitted her first short story to a young author’s contest in second grade, Rebecca knew she wanted to be a writer. Her love of writing led her to earn a BA in English and an MEd in English education. She spent several years as a high school teacher, during which she also developed a passion for mental health advocacy. Rebecca completed an MA in professional counseling and now works in the school-based mental health field and as a college adjunct psychology instructor.

Rebecca also teaches yoga for the young and the young at heart, and she likes to infuse yoga and breathwork in her counseling practice wherever she can. She believes the most valuable use of her time is teaching youth how to love and care for each other and the world around them. Her stories share her focus on positive relationships and a love of nature. Rebecca now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and two spoiled Siamese cats. When Mama Grows with Me is her second yoga-inspired picture book. You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccawwheeler_author and