Beth Barany

Beth Barany is the editor and publisher of the Writer's Fun Zone. Certified as a Creativity Coach and NLP Practitioner, and an award-winning novelist of a YA fantasy novel, Beth Barany is passionate about helping genre novelists get their message out into the world, gain confidence in their self-expression, and discover how they can get noticed and sell books to their readers. More about her services and products for genre novelists at Write on!

18 Responses

  1. Linda Spear says:

    Jack is a good friend of mine….a mentor, a soulmate and jokester. I met Jack through the commonality of our work….I’m a thirty one year veteran journalist,non fiction writer and new novelist. Jack is a veteran of EVERYTHING bit of the communication field: A renowned writer of all forms, an award winning novelist whose outstanding first fiction won all prizes in the year it was published.

    Fifteen books later, and nine children of various nationalities, all loved to the same nth degree, Jack is continues to be a force to be reckoned with. There are those who don’t understand her generosity and love, and criticize it. Perhaps it’s because she’s so straightforward, and not everyone understands those who don’t harbor cyncism in their souls.

    But those who know Jack…and I know Jack…can tell you that Jacqueline Mitchard is one of the finest people I know. And that would be the case, even if her name was not Jack…..

  2. Beth Barany says:

    Linda: So wonderful that your hero is a real life person named Jack, and a woman no less. My feminist heart sings!

  3. Lori says:

    I have also noticed a prevalence of heroes named Jack. Isn’t that weird? What’s behind the name of Jack?

  4. Lisa LaMagna says:

    Jack (MacGyver) Dalton, man always able to pull a rabbit out of a hat to save the day (to mash metaphors).

    Perhaps nothing speaks to his success as much as the fact that his name has become a noun: to pull a MacGyver, means to save the day.

  5. Beth Barany says:

    Lisa: Fun! I didn’t know that MacGyver’s first name was Jack!

  6. Jack “King of the Vagabonds” from Neal Stephenson’s The Baroque Cycle series. Neal’s known as “The Hacker Hemingway.” Throughout the series, Jack rescues a slave girl, steals a ship of goald, suffers the wrath of the Spanish Inquisition and ends up living in a French palace.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Are you kidding?! Get on the phone and “Get Me Jack Bauer!!”

  8. Briana says:

    Jack the Pumpkin King from Nightmare Before Christmas!

    P.S. Great blog!

  9. Paula says:

    OK, other than the obvious Johnny Depp one in Pirates, how about Michael Douglas as Jack T. Colton in “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile”,, or even better, Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in the Patriot Games,

    As for other hero names, I like Cussler’s Dirk Pitt, and Indiana Jones (even if he is named after his dog), and let us not forget…Robin Hood.

  10. Eva says:

    I already have your book Beth but I want to chime in with Captain Jack (Harkness) from Torchwood. He is naughty, a flirt, has great style, a heart that actually really cares a lot … and is very lonely.

    Captain Jack not only can handle many difficult situations but he is also FUN!


  11. Peter F. says:

    Well…. this could be answered in so many ways! My favorite ‘Jack’ heroes are Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas), and Jack Bristow (Alias).

    My favorite hero name, is probably Gillygoofang, ’cause it’s a cool name.

    My possibly favorite fictional heroes (husband & wife team!) are named Beren and Luthien, from The Silmarillion.

  12. Fabienne says:

    My favorite fictional hero is Jack O’Neill, from Stargate-SG played by Richard Dean Anderson –
    In the series, Jack O’Neill is the perfect blend of Hero and Anti-Hero, with a sense dry of humor, wisecrack jokes, and the endearing grumpiness in the same tradition as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

  13. Beth Barany says:

    Thank you everyone for your comments! I learned about some heroes names Jack that I didn’t know.

    We have a winner! Congratulations Lori!

    Here’s another link to heroes names Jack, including some of your contributions above:

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