Bethany Masone Harar grew up in a family with “gypsy feet” who moved from place to place until eventually settling down in the suburbs of Washington D.C. As a teacher and writer of young-adult fiction, Bethany is able to connect with the very audience for whom she writes and does her best to turn reluctant readers into voracious, book reading nerds.
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Q and A
In one word, describe your latest book.
In 3 sentences, what is your book about?
The Sirens of Pacific Grove, California are being exterminated, and seventeen-year-old Loralei Reines is their next target. Lora is determined to gain control of her skills to help her clan, but they are developing too slowly, until she meets Ryan, a human boy. When Ryan is near, Lora’s abilities strengthen, but she is running out of time, and if she can’t unlock the secret to defeat the Sons of Orpheus, Lora, along with everyone she loves, will be annihilated.
I really stretched that last sentence out, didn’t I?
What books have most influenced your life most?
Outlander, Of Mice and Men, Jacob Have I Loved, A Royal Pain, The Giver, The Grass is Singing
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That one does not need to be perfect, for people to love them. And that people will love them whether they succeed or not.
What is your favorite part in the writing and publishing process? The least?
My favorite is seeing the progress made since I first started the querying process. My least favorite part is the self-promotion. A-W-K-W-A-R-D!
How do you come up with your characters?
My characters are a little bit of the people I want to be or know, and a little bit of myself and the people I do know.
Tell us about your main character.
She is spunky and brave and proud. A flawed perfectionist. She is a girl looking for acceptance, and for love, and who must accept the massive responsibility placed on her shoulders.
Do you and your main character have any similarities and differences? If so, what are they?
Yes. See above. That is me, except I am not brave at all and would rather avoid massive responsibility.
Which of your books is your favorite?
I will always have a special place in my heart for my first two books, which will probably never be published.
How do you market your book?
Social Media! I also like word of mouth, extreme guilting and staring at someone until they cave and do what I want.
The dinner question: If you could invite 5 people, both living and deceased, who would you invite and why.
- My great-grandmother, because I’m in love with the stories I’ve heard about her.
- My husband, Mike, because he is a great conversationalist and I can take him anywhere.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar, because she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Jesus Christ, because, duh..
- My mother, because she would be heartbroken if I didn’t invite her to the party.