Welcome

Hi! I’m Betsy. This is my blog.

sometimes I take selfies.
sometimes I take selfies.

I’m a writer–mostly of young adult fantasy novels–and I live in County Galway in the west of Ireland. My first novel, Tides, is in bookstores all around the US now, and my second novel is coming out in August. It’s a steampunk retelling of Cinderella called Mechanica, and I’ve been writing it since 2009 and am so very impatient for it to come out.

I also blog at The Rose & Chestnut, a cozy digital pub space I co-founded in 2013. You’ll find reading nook directories, book recommendations, and a wonderful community of adventurous young women on the R&C.

But! I still need a blog to call my very own, and this is it. I’ll be writing about writing, reading, teaching, and life in a small Irish cottage that my horse trainer spouse and I are slowly but surely turning into a homestead. You’ll also find all the info you need about my online teaching and editorial services, in case you’d like support for your own writing!

And the real dream: I want to combine my writing and teaching loves and host women’s writing retreats here in Ireland. I hope you’ll hear more about that in the near future too.

Please feel free to contact me, too, whether it’s about my books or editorial services or your interest in becoming my Rich and Mysterious Patron.

I’ve always wanted one of those.

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