Baton Blog Hop: My Writing Process by Beth Barany

5-books-collage-fb-group-400pxWThriller novelist, Ezra Barany, passed me the baton on this blog hop. I love the topic: writing process. What writer doesn’t like to talk about his or her writing process? I also love to hear how other writers go about the business of their writing. How about you? Does it help you to hear about other writers’ writing processes? Let us know in the comments below.

Topic: Writing Process

A. What are you working on?

Currently, I’m editing my newest paranormal romance. It takes place in Paris, France in the middle of a horrible rainstorm that is only getting worse as the story progresses. It’s a novella, so short. And I write sweet, meaning I close the door on sex. So there you go! I’m also writing tons of blog posts and marketing material (newsletters and emails) for my day job, that of an author’s coach for novelists.

B. How does your work differ from others in this genre?

That’s hard for me to say, but readers have said that that my stories are creative and imaginative. Also, I think my stories walk that edge of paranormal and real in an interesting way. Also, for my fantasy — because I also write young adult fantasy — I’d say what’s different about my Henrietta stories are that my characters are distinct, funny, and appeal to people who don’t normally read fantasy.

C. Why do you write what you do?

This question is like asking why I like chocolate. I just do! I can point to my childhood, steeped in reading fairy tales and folktales, and having them read to me. I could point to my fascination with the study of folklore, archetypes, and the tarot.

D. How does your writing process work?

I sit down. I write. I write some more. Then some more. Rinse, Repeat. Until the book is done. Then get lots of feedback. Lots of editing and rewriting. Lots more feedback, until deadline. Then I publish.

I’m passing the baton to:

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James C. Wallace II: Author of Oz books.

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James C. Wallace II, originally a native of West Virginia, currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana with his wife Amanda. They have been married more than 29 years, with a herd of 5 children and 14 grandchildren. His background covers over 27 years in children’s education, including experience working for the world’s largest children’s museum; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where he was the Planetarium Educator for SpaceQuest Planetarium. In addition to children’s books about Oz, he is recognized by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a leading developer of web-based educational games, educational exhibit design, curriculum development and implementation. He is also involved in the DiscoverHover program, which is an educational program developing and utilizing hovercraft in a unique and fun way. He now serves as the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma, Sovereign Ruler of Oz and endeavors to fulfill Her royal command to tell the tale of Her newest Royal Magician to the children of the Great Outside.




Vonnie Winslow Crist: Author of YA, Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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Vonnie Winslow Crist is the author of short stories, poems, and novels for young adults and adults, as well as “Leprechaun Cake & Other Tales,” a children’s book selected one of the Best Books of the Year by PCRM. A Pushcart Nominee and winner of 2 Honorable Mentions in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contests, she is the recipient of a MSAC Writing Award. Both “The Greener Forest” and “The Enchanted Skean” were voted among the Top Ten books for Young Adults in the P&E Reader’s Poll. “The Enchanted Skean” is a Finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award.

As an illustrator, she’s had over 1,000 illustrations published in books, magazines, and calendars.

She is an avid JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis fan, and a firm believer in the magical world that surrounds us! A clover-hand who’s found so many 4-leafed clovers she keeps them in jars, Vonnie is quite fond of Harry Potter & Hogwarts, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Star Trek, and everything Fairy!

More about Vonnie also on her site:


dan-o-brien-imageDan O’Brien. Author and a literary and publishing consultant.

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Dan O’Brien has written over 20 books, including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club’s Top 100 novels of 2012. Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at: Contact him today to order copies of the book or have them stocked at your local bookstore. He can he reached by email at [email protected]

 Look for their posts next week.

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3 Responses

  1. Carol Anne Olsen Malone says:

    I currently have 3 buns in the oven, so to speak. A follow up Christmas novella to my just published Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, the sequel to Ladies Night and a contemporary sweet romance about a nurse and a fireman. Lots to do, lots of distractions to fight. Onward with the sword of persistence.

  2. Beth Barany says:

    Awesome! Great job!

  1. April 14, 2014

    […] and workshop leader, Beth Barany passed the baton to me on this blog hop. At the same time, she passed the baton to James C. Wallace […]

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