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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  • Beth Barany

    Kay, Thanks so much for your enlightening explanation of conflict, so key to our novels! :)

  • Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Never thought about the differences between trouble and conflict. Now I know!

  • Kay

    Thanks for reading! I’m a big fan of trouble, but conflict gives your book tension and catharsis. As long as your antagonist is acting against your protagonist and vice versa, your characters are in conflict. And that’s what you need to keep your story in motion.

  • Kay

    Thanks, Beth. Getting conflict right is often a problem for writers, including me, but having characters in opposition is important to keep a story interesting. Trouble can help to reveal character, so it’s good to have, too–just not by sacrificing conflict.