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Award winning author, Beth Barany writes in several genres including young adult adventure fantasy and fantasy romance. Inspired by living abroad in France and Quebec, she loves creating magical tales of romance and adventure to empower women and girls to jump into life with both feet and be the heroes in their own lives. In her off hours, Beth enjoys walking her neighborhood, gardening on her patio, and watching movies and traveling with her husband, author Ezra Barany. They live in Oakland, California with their cat named Leo, a piano, and over 1,000 books.
Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, I developed an abiding sense of wonder and a fondness for heroic geeks. I entered university a chemistry major intending to become an astronaut who would rocket into a brave new future, and I left (or, rather, never left) with a doctoral degree in rhetoric, a dissertation on James G. Frazer’s twelve-volume encyclopedia of magic, science, and religion, and a job teaching writing at the University of California, Berkeley. My latest novel, Beneath the Skin (published by Venus Ascending), is a SF romance set in a far-future dystopia, exploring the metaphorical beast in every human, even in the handiest of techno-geeks. My latest short story, “Cracked” (published in the anthology Alterna-Teas), is a contemporary fantasy focusing on the unbreakable ties of life-long friendship. When I’m not writing, teaching, or reading, I’m quilting, swimming, or playing boardgames. Or I’m sitting on the couch, eating almond M&Ms and daydreaming about life amongst the stars.