About Me

Writer Billie Best was born in 1954 & she’s still kicking!

Billie Best writes the blog Beyond 60 — Loving Life, Staying Relevant at billiebest.com. She was born in 1954 in Illinois and spent most of her childhood in rural farm country. She became a city girl in 1972 when she moved to Chicago, then on to New York City and Boston where her career traversed waitressing, the music business, retail and marketing communications. In 1999 she moved back to the country and lived on a farm in Massachusetts until she took off for the city again and in 2017 landed in Portland, Oregon, where she began to write as if her life depended on it. Her first book, How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man) is an uplifting memoir about her midlife crisis published in 2020 by Widowspeak Publishing.

Illinois, 1954
Iowa, 1955
Texas, 1959
Illinois again, 1961
Illinois, 1966
New York City, 1974
Boston, 1985
Berkshires, 2000
Berkshires, 2003
Berkshires, 2005
Berkshires, 2009
Berkshires, 2011
Portland, Oregon, 2017
Writer Billie Best founds Widowspeak Publishing, 2019
Widowspeak Publishing founded by Billie Best in 2019
Published my memoir March 21, 2020, on my 66th birthday.