Inez Baranay

Biography

Born in Italy of Hungarian parents Inez Baranay is an Australian writer; she has published ten books, seven of them novels, as well as short stories and essays in a range of publications. More biography and details of her books can be found on her website.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. It is/was a working class and migrant area, far from the inner city, Harbour and beach suburbs that I fled to as soon as I could. Being a migrant in very Anglo 1950s and 60s Australia, as much as the places lived in, influenced my sense of myself, my relationship to the English language and therefore my writing. It gave me a sense of outsider-ness, of needing to move on, of a past and a future somewhere far away. I was lucky to live in Malaya (as it was then) for a couple of years aged 15-17, which gave me a taste for South-East Asia and travel. I've lived in many places since then, and foreignness is my nationality.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Stopping the pain of not writing.
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Books

Always Hungry
By Inez Baranay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,760. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction
Described in reviews as “refreshing, sophisticated, playful, beguiling, horrifying and sexy” this is a vampire story for literate adults, in a world of writers, cult figures and international travel. Always Hungry is an erotic entertainment about ambition, mortality and relationships, a social comedy with a chilling edge.
With The Tiger
By Inez Baranay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,770. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2011. Category: Fiction
With The Tiger is a retelling of the Somerset Maugham novel the Razor’s Edge (1944), which popularised the idea of the Westerner’s search for meaning in “spiritual India”. With The Tiger opens in 1979; it’s the story of Larry, an Australian who travels to India many times over 20 years. First published in India by HarperCollins in 2008.
Rascal Rain A Year in Papua New Guinea
By Inez Baranay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,740. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Australian Volunteers Abroad sent novelist Inez Baranay to Papua New Guinea’s chaotic, violent province of Enga. Within months she went from sipping cappuccino in inner-city Sydney to a culture where brides are bought, rape is commonplace, and women aren’t allowed near men’s food because it’s thought it will make the men weak. Her experiences have resulted in a highly readable account.
A Passage To Neem Dreams
By Inez Baranay
Price: Free! Words: 61,310. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Partly a memoir about writing Neem Dreams, partly a critical study of her own novel, themes include the creation of a novel, travels and research in India, neem as a symbol of the clash between globalisation and tradition, and the influence of EM Forster. Neem Dreams was published in India in 2003 to widespread critical acclaim.
Neem Dreams
By Inez Baranay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,750. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Fiction
Set in southern India in the mid 1990s this critically acclaimed novel deals with the clash between tradition and globalisation. Four characters, an English lawyer, an Australian feminist scientist, an American buyer for a New York store and an Indian development worker, are all on quests centred on the neem, the tree known since ancient times for its beneficial properties.
My Transylvanian Cousin
By Inez Baranay
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,500. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Category: Fiction
The narrator Inez is contacted by the mysterious Vlad from Transylvania who claims to be her cousin and wants to introduce her to the tradition. As Inez becomes drawn to Vlad’s gifts, Vlad discovers new pleasures at the Gold Coast, enough to even make mortality acceptable.
Pagan
By Inez Baranay
You set the price! Words: 56,870. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
Based on a true story, set in Sydney in the 1950s, Pagan is about the new music, the new migrations and the old magick. First published in 1990, it was described as brilliantly written and a narrative tour-de-force. This new ebooks edition has Afterwords by the author.
Sheila Power An entertainment
By Inez Baranay
You set the price! Words: 117,260. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
Sheila Power has been described as “A rattling good read that defies pigeon holing into any one genre." It combines a comedy of manners with a thriller. First published in 1997; seen as both a continuation and break with the author's writing. This new ebook comes with the author's Afterwords.
Between Careers
By Inez Baranay
You set the price! Words: 40,270. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
A novel set in Sydney in the late 1970s, described as witty and satirical, taking us into the life of a classy call girl. First published in 1989, the new ebook edition has new Afterwords by the author. Between Careers takes a close look at the moral values of both the ancient profession and of more conventional ways of living. The prose is spare and sparkling.
Sun Square Moon writings on yoga and writing
By Inez Baranay
Price: Free! Words: 25,310. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Essay
Writings on yoga practice and writing practice, how yoga and writing reflect, support or conflict with each other, by a widely published author and a long-time yoga practitioner. Practice, discipline, dreams, the body, tradition and life are some of its themes. First published in India and with a review by N Sjoman, author of The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace.

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