She began her career in 1988 with a win in the Writers of the Future contest and went on to publish nine novels and over 50 short stories. Three of Wentworth’s short stories were Nebula finalists: “Tall One,” “Burning Bright,” and “Born Again.”
Coming full circle, she became a Judge in the Writers of the Future Contest in 2000. She also served as Secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 2000 and 2003.
In addition to writing, she taught elementary school for many years, retiring in 2003.