Q&A with Beth Barany, Novelist of Magical Tales of Romance and Adventure

I was recently asked some good questions by my readers on my newsletter list and that prompted me to create this Q&A. If you have any questions for me, post them in the comments below and I’ll make another Q&A.

Q: How did you get started writing books?

A: 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. ūüôā I finally published my first novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, in 2011, a book I had started that 20 years old but didn’t know how to finish at that time.

Q: Have you ever been in Kindle Unlimited?

A: I did when I first released some of my romances, but I won’t do so in the future, since I like my books to go wide.¬†I do have my books in other services similar to¬†Kindle Unlimited:

  • Bookmate¬†(free for the first month; information¬†here.)
  • 24symbols.com¬†(Link goes to my profile; not all my books are here.)
  • Readfy¬†(Site is in German, though of course my books are in English.)
  • Skoobe¬†(Site is in German and Spanish, so far, though my books are in English.)
  • Youboox¬†(French site)

Q: Where’s your favourite place to write? (One of my British readers asked.)

A: I love writing outside, at diners, and at cafes.

Q: How do you get your ideas for the books?

A: 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.

Q: Can I get a digital signature on one of your ebooks?

A: Yes, you can! You can click over to Authorgraph and get a Digital Signature there.

Or click on this cool badge to get there and request a signature. Be sure to put your name in the message box so I can address my personal message to you.

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Q: Do you do media appearances & talks?

A: Yes, I do. I am available for school visits, interviews, and talks. Please contact me to set up an appearance. Thanks!

You can see this Q&A (listed as an FAQ) and more fun facts about me on my ABOUT page. I also posted in my Smashwords profile here.

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