Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An Interview with Beth Barany

Beth Barany, author of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer, is here today for an author interview. I asked her a few questions and she was sweet enough to answer them!

You can see my review here, the book was great, but I'll let her go ahead and take the center stage. Don't forget to leave a comment for her!

1) I saw on your website that you help aspiring authors! What led you to choose that as a path?

I've always seemed to gravitate to teaching and helping others, and what better way to focus my talents and enthusiasm and knowledge than help other authors!

2) What would you say is your favorite part of writing Young Adult fiction?

This may sound geeky -- it's because I get to talk to my inner teen and give to myself the kinds of stories I wanted when I was younger, and that I still want now!

3) If you could choose one person, alive or dead, to have lunch with who would it be?

That is such a hard question! I guess I'd love to hang out with Isaac Asimov. He had such a wonderful imagination that traveled the stars. I love that!

4) How do you come up with ideas for your writing? Is there a method, or do they just happen and you go with them?

My ideas come in a flash and sometimes leave as quickly. The ones that really want to be written about rattle around in the back of my mind and just never leave. If a story idea hangs on for at least six months, I know it's time to start writing it down. With Henrietta The Dragon Slayer I first wrote a scene when I was 20 years old. At that age, a scene was all I knew of the story. Fifteen years, I was looking for another novel to write, this scene came back to me and knew I just had to write the book, especially since know I knew how to write more than just one scene!

5) Finally, let's end with a fun question. You're walking in the mall with a crisp hundred-dollar bill in your pocket. What do you spend your shopping spree money on?

Oh boy! That's tough. Either shoes or books! LOL 

Please comment about what you would buy if you were walking in the mall with a crisp hundred dollar bill in your pocket to enter Beth Barany's giveaway. All the rules are here: - rules.


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