Beth Barany

Beth coaches and teaches writers and those who want to write. She's done so in two of her favorite places in the world (so far): the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, France. Raised in Sonoma County, California, Beth knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age, and started at age 7 by writing her first book about her family's cats with her brother. Beth started teaching writing by teaching it to ESL students in Oakland, California. Soon, they were surprised to be writing short stories in their new English-language skills, and most importantly, they were enjoying it. (Well, most of them were.) Determined to get published, Beth published her first journalism article in the Paris Free Voice while she was living in the City of Lights in the early 1990s. It only took four tries and five rewrites! From working in journalism for 15 years, Beth switched her focus to fiction, and now writes fantasy and science fiction. She currently has a young adult fantasy novel under consideration by agents and editors. On her off-hours, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardens, watches movies, and reads! Beth is married to singer/song-writer and high school physics teacher, Ezra Barany.

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  • shah wharton

    Great read. I have little trouble writing my characters with this in mind – instinctively, but then I read back through it and realise I’d taken the knowledge in my mind and left it off the page entirely. Then I had to add to the outline considerably, for those who don’t actually live in the mind that actually created the characters. :) Its easy to forget that bit. X

  • Kay Keppler

    Isn’t that the truth? We know who our characters are, so *we* know how they’ll behave. But our readers know only what we tell them.