Wendy Welch and her husband, Scottish folksinger Jack Beck, own and operate Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Her book The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap is a memoir about creating and running their bookstore business. A Publishers Weekly review of the memoir stated: "The whole narrative exudes enormous charm and the value of dreams and lives truly lived."
Wendy has a Ph.D. in ethnography, fosters shelter animals, and is one of the world’s fastest crocheters. This is a good thing because it means she is able to sneak in some crafting time between teaching college courses on culture and public health, running special events at the shop, writing about stuff, and chasing kittens out of roads.