Interview with Beth Barany

Published 2017-11-27.
How did you get started writing books?
I got started writing as a kid of 8 or 9 years, writing stories about our cats. I made a little book and even sewed the binding with a needle and thread. I knew even then I wanted to be published.

Then I moved on to writing limericks and silly rhyming poems at 12, then writing down my dreams by age 13 in a journal.

It was when I was 13 years old that I was sure I wanted to be a writer (because of an inspiring teacher), so continued writing in my journal for years until a clear focus developed in my 20s to do journalism.

Then I started seriously on fiction when I turned 30, 19 years ago.
Where’s your favourite place to write? (One of my British readers asked.)
For my first drafts and some of my edits, I love writing outside, at diners, and at cafes.
How do you get your ideas for the books?
Great question! I actually get them everywhere. I’m especially inspired by the fairy tales and folktales I read as a child. I dreamed of going on those adventures too and was disappointed that the adventurer was always a boy. I vowed to change that. Hence my Henrietta The Dragon Slayer stories.

I’m also greatly inspired by dreams I’ve had while asleep. In my nighttime dreams, I’ve travelled a lot. When I wake, I’m often inspired to capture those adventures in my stories. In fact, my upcoming science fiction mystery series was inspired by a dream of being in a bar on a space station. Of course, I have to put a bar like the one I dreamt in my book.
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Lured By Light (Janey McCallister Mystery Book 2)
Series: Janey McCallister Mystery series. Pre-release—available October 17, 2020. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Into The Black (Janey McCallister Mystery Book 1)
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Henrietta YA Fantasy Box Set (Books 1-3)
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Henrietta and The Battle of the Horse Mesa
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A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (A Fairy Tale Romance)
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A Cupcake Christmas (A Christmas Elf Romance)
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