Betsy Cornwell is a New York Times bestselling author living in west Ireland. She is the story editor and a contributing writer at Parabola, and her short-form writing includes fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation and has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Zahir Tales, Luna Luna, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Smith College.
Betsy’s latest release Venturess “hits a sweet spot for fairy tale and steampunk lovers alike” (Booklist). Praise for this fantasy adventure novel includes a Kirkus star and glowing reviews from VOYA and School Library Journal. Venturess is an Amazon Editors’ Pick for the best young adult books of August 2017.
Mechanica was published in 2015 and has featured on several best of the year lists, including Amazon.com’s Best Young Adult Books and USA Today‘s Must-Read Romances. In a starred review, Kirkus called this retelling of Cinderella “a smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes.”
Betsy’s debut novel Tides was published in 2013 to critical acclaim including a place in the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year and a Bisexual Book Awards nomination. ☆ “Cornwell’s auspicious debut weaves historical fantasy together with sensual romance.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Forest Queen is a feminist retelling of Robin Hood forthcoming from Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 7, 2018.