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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  • Terri Bruce

    Great article! It’s definitely a tough choice for authors – I’ve heard the arguments on both sides. I write contemporary paranormal/fantasy at the moment, but have a science fantasy and a historical in the works as well. I think Robin Covington is right – authors have to be very specific about what their brand is. Not just generic “romance” writer but a specific type of romance writer (sizzling hot read) and then they can carry those elements to other genres or sub-genres. I’ve realized that my writing focuses on deeply researched details, interpersonal relationships, and snappy dialog, and I need to take those elements with me into other genres as that is what my fans will be looking for.

  • Melinda B. Pierce

    Hi Terri – thanks for stopping by and sharing :) I think you have a solid understanding of your brand and that’s part of what will make you a success when it comes to writing in different genres.


  • Traci Kenworth

    I can see how that can happen (diluting your brand) but I think, personally, I’ll take the chance. I want to write in a wide varieties of genre and they wouldn’t necessarily spill over into one another: western, horror, romance, ya.